PAMA FUTURES Indigenous designed and led
Pama Futures was born from an overwhelming sense of powerlessness felt across Cape York peninsula, communities being locked out of all the decisions affecting them. The overwhelming message that has come through countless summits and meetings time and time again is that pama want a say in who delivers the services and how they are delivered. The grassroots understand first-hand the problems and issues facing their communities and why things aren’t working. Pama are simply asking for a seat at the table that hasn’t denied to them until now. Pama Futures provides a point of entry for community to lead these critical discussions affecting their future.
Since 2017 more than 800 Cape York people helped to work out the steps we need to take in Cape York. We’ve called this the Pama Futures agenda. It sets out a guide for structure change to put the power in local hands and supports communities to put development plans in place. The Australian Government is supporting pama to get organised, to get local decision-making structures in place to come to the table to negotiate agreements aground services and programs and investment in local priorities. The big focus is on how we do this.