Cherbourg Aboriginal community, situated near Murgon, is the oldest and largest government settlement in Queensland. Here you can buy intricately carved emu eggs and other crafts, visit the sculpted gardens and look out over the countryside to Lake Barambah.
The settlement began in 1904, originally at Durundur, but moved, and even the dead were disinterred from the site and reburied at the new reserve, called Barambah. The reserve originally had ties with Deebing Creek mission, and W.E. Roth, then the Chief Protector of Aborigines, was 'looking forward to the day when one or other of the religious bodies will supervise this settlement'.
It remained a government settlement and in 1931 the name was changed, apparently because of postal confusion, to Cherbourg. Over the years people from some 40 different groups, including the local Waka Waka people, were sent to Cherbourg. Cherbourg developed its own strong culture.
Cherbourg business enterprises include a dairy, piggery, cattle operations, a cultural centre and an emu farm. Artists from the Cherbourg Cultural Centre exhibited their work in the Indigenous People's Pavilion at Expo 88 in Brisbane, Queensland.
Cherbourg has an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP). AMPs aim to reduce alcohol-related violence.
AMPs vary from community to community. They include alcohol restrictions, home brew bans and dry place declarations which operate within a defined boundary, known as a 'restricted area'. These strategies set the quantity and type of alcohol you may possess in the restricted area.
Penalties apply for possessing or attempting to bring illegal alcohol into a restricted area.
To find out more about AMPs for each community, visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs web site.