I’d like to congratulate the organisers of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for the town of Weipa in Far North Queensland in July.
Weipa is situated at Albatross Bay on the western Cape York Peninsula, between the Mission and Embley Rivers.
In 1967, the Queensland Government named the area Weipa North, which was the site of the newly established Comalco mining town.
Today it’s known only as Weipa, and is home to a vibrant community of around 3,500 people.
Weipa is steeped in natural beauty and cultural heritage, and is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to explore Cape York’s amazing beaches, unspoiled wildness, and incredible fishing.
The Weipa Town Authority put on an outstanding weekend for those who have played a part in shaping Weipa into the town it is today.
Events included a reunion, historical bus tour, cricket match, gala dinner and community festival.
It was wonderful to share my reflections of Weipa that go back to the 1970s, catch up with people who were real pioneers in their day and hear their amazing stories as we celebrated how much the town had grown.
As development south of the Embley progresses and the bitumen continues to snake towards Weipa, its long term future as the thriving and diverse city of the Western Cape is assured.
Congratulations Weipa Town Authority on your terrific 50th Anniversary celebrations.