Message From The Mayor
The Northern Peninsula Area is a very special part of Australia. It is rich in culture and has a strong and vibrant heritage.
My councillors and I are determined to make a positive difference to the people of the NPA. We will work through the challenges we face, and regularly consult with the community and traditional owners.
Our priority is the development of enterprises in the NPA, but attention is also given to community services, infrastructure, housing, youth training and education and culture.
In partnership with the community, Council and external agencies, we will build on the Area’s strengths. These are our people, our cultures, our position and our environment. As we say up here “land and sea is our bread and butter”.
Ethnicity: Torres Strait Islander, Aboriginal, Malaysian, Irish
Edward was elected as Mayor in March 2016 from the residents of the NPA. His inspiration in running for Mayor was seen in his role as the former Councillor of Bamaga. Mayor Edward Newman wanted to make a positive impact in the communities. Mayor Edward Newman is always promoting his "Do it once, do it right" slogan and is prominent within council and the communities.
"Being Mayor is challenging, exciting yet rewarding. Fight for what you believe in and always be yourself" – Mayor Newman.
Deputy Mayor -
New Mapoon Division
Position: Deputy Mayor and or Councillor - New Mapoon Community
Cr. Michael Bond was first elected as the New Mapoon Councillor (Cr) on the first term (2008 - 2012) after the amalgamation of the five NPA Community Councils in 2008 to form the current governing Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC). As a re-elected Councillor for the New Mapoon Community Cr Bonds’ duties/roles extends to situating as the Deputy Mayor of NPA. Cr Bond was born on Thursday Island and moved with his parents from (Old) Mapoon to New Mapoon during the forced removal by the Queensland Government in the early 1960's.
Cr. Cassandra Adidi
A descendant of Sui / Baidam and Dhoeybaw Clans, Saibai Island women Cr. Cassandra Adidi brings youth to the NPARC after taking her position in office in 2016. Although the youngest female member sitting around the table, her wealth of knowledge is beyond her years. She comes from a strong family bloodline of local government office bearers whom have before her avidly represented Council and her people and community around the regional table.
She is passionate about working for Public Office to bring about positive changes through a system of equal, accountable and transparent governance for her Community.
Cr. Adidi has in excess of 15 years in the Public Sector. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from holding management positions with Queensland Police Service as a Sworn Officer and Plain Clothes Investigator servicing and gaining broad range of experiences from being stationed at large metropolitan, rural and remote centres of Queensland. She also serviced the NPA and Torres Strait in the implementation of State Government 20% Indigenous Employment Policy with the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.
Grounded with strong cultural knowledge coupled with national and international experience, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the blueprint and successfully led NPARC’s inaugural cultural festival as Festival Co-ordinator.
Cr. Adidi brings balance and is well versed in both the Cultural and Western systems.
As current chairman of Seisia Enterprises, Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Chair and member for Seisia community, and former mayor of NPA, Joseph has a strong background in local government and business.