Introduction to Pormpuraaw
On 30 March 1985, the Edward River community elected five councillors to constitute an autonomous Edward River Aboriginal Council established under the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984. The Act conferred local government type powers and responsibilities upon Aboriginal councils for the first time.
In 1987 the council area previously an Aboriginal reserve held by the Queensland Government, was transferred to the trusteeship of the council under a Deed of Grant in Trust.
Also in 1987, the community changed its name from Edward River Mission to Pormpuraaw which was taken from a local dreamtime story, in the KuukThaayorre language of Traditional Owners, about a burnt hut or Pormpur.