This page is dedicated to information about novel Coronavirus COVID-19 to keep residents up to date with information as it arises.

Please remember to listen to the advice of authorities and:

  • Wash your hands often and properly with soap and water
  • Stay home except for essential outings or if you work in an essential service
  • Keep 1.5m away from others as much as possible
  • Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging others
  • Avoid gatherings that aren’t essential.

Please also keep up to date with general Council news by the News tab on this website.

It is totally normal to feel concerned when events like COVID-19 happen in the world. Remember to keep talking to your family and source information only from reliable sources.

Access and Entry Permits - COVID-19

26/3/20 Application Processes for Consideration to Enter Communities – Individuals and Essential Services

For Individuals:

From midnight 26/03/2020 - Individuals wanting to travel into Community: applications are now being managed by the State Government under Commonwealth laws.

Hope Vale Council no longer has the power to issue permits for individuals. For further information, call the Queensland Government Helpline on  13 74 68.

See FAQ's supplied by the State Govt below.


Queensland Police will be at the Mt Carbine Control Point on the Mulligan Highway, airports and sea ports and will strictly assess eligibility for entry based on the criteria contained in the new legislation. (see:


For Essential Services / Traders only:

For all matters relating to access for essential service provision only Contact Mark Kelleher, CEO and District Coordinator Local Disaster Management Group on  07 4083 8000 or email

FAQ’s: Remote Travel Restrictions – Updated 7 April 2020

Public Notice: Road Access to Cooktown and to Cape York Region COVID-19


INFORMATIVE links (click on the title):

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 May

Australian Government Keep our Mob Safe Newsletters

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Radio

Australian Government advice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities:

Qld Health COVID-19 website

Qld Health FaceBook page

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service FaceBook page

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service FaceBook page

Australian Government Department of Health FaceBook page

Australian Government Department of Health Website

World Health Organisation

Lifeline phone 13 11 14


Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 information

COVID-19 APP.  Keep up-to-date by downloading the Australian Government's mobile app. Search “Coronavirus Australia” in the Apple App Store and on Google Play or visit

Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.4)

Limits on public gatherings for coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Factsheet Community Recovery March 31 2020

Hope Vale Township Coronavirus Fact Sheet March 22 2020

Public Notice: Staying safe as a Community Care Worker

Federal Government COVID-19 resources and information

COVID-19 Protection and Containment - Information Resource

Public Notice - COVID-19

COVID-19 – Advice for organising public gatherings

COVID-19 – Information on social distancing

Differences between COVID-19, a cold and the ‘flu

Indigenous Australia facebook page

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Sorry Business and COVID-19

Sorry Business Poster

Sorry Business Fact Sheet

Apunipima Information and Resources

Community Letter and information

Community information posters