About us

Acknowledging the past—looking to the future

The Foundation

The Hope Vale Foundation LTD (HVF) is a dedicated not-for-profit First Nations company situated in Hope Vale, a vibrant community nestled 46 kilometres west of Cooktown in the stunning southeast region of Cape York in Far North Queensland.

The Foundation embraces farming, agricultural development, community support services and training, and employment support for the people of Hope Vale. As one means of supporting these objectives, the Foundation manages a 40-year lease on its farm site. The lease exists until 2042, with a 30-year renewal option.

Explore the website to discover the rich tapestry of Hope Vale's initiatives and contributions to sustainable community development.

Clean up Crew


To improve the living standard and quality of life by addressing social issues, co-operating with public and private services and organising activities to further the economic and social development of the Aboriginal people from Hope Vale


To acknowledge the past and look to the future.

Hope Vale Foundation wants to create opportunities for people to be happy, safe and fulfilled in Hope Vale and where ever their dreams may lead them.

Core Purpose

  •  to reduce and provide relief from poverty by way of providing shelter, food, clothing, basic life necessities, low interest loans and other goods and services to the local Aboriginal community of Hope Vale, Queensland; 
  • to promote and recognise the ancient lore and customs of the Guugu Yimithirr Warra Nation; 
  • to provide relief and services to domestic violence victims from Hope Vale; 
  • to provide free and low-cost transport to the Aboriginal people from Hope Vale; 
  • to assist in applications for Federal and State Government grants and provide relief to the aged and disadvantaged Aboriginal people from Hope Vale;  
  • to improve the living standard and quality of life by addressing social issues, co-operating with public and private services and organising activities to further the economic and social development of the Aboriginal people from Hope Vale;  
  • to enter into any agreements and contracts that the Company may deem desirable; and 
  • to do or perform any other act that the Company deems necessary to support these objectives 

Our Team

Starting small, thinking big.

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The Hope Vale Foundation Board welcomes you

The Hope Vale Board is responsible for meeting the challenges of managing a community based, Not For Profit organization. The Board oversees Governance and Oversight, Strategic Planning, Finance, Community Engagement, and Reporting and Legal Compliance. Their leadership and engagement keeps us steering in the right direction
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Shaun Nancarrow

Project and Advocacy Manager – Foundation Farm
Originally from South Australia, Shaun comes to Hope Vale Foundation with a wealth of knowledge and lived experience. Shaun has a passion for learning and sharing that knowledge with others, for First Nations Agriculture and Aquaculture, and for supporting communities' aspiration through economic development. Shaun's philosophy for life and work is " you don't have to have all the answers, understand your strengths and reach out when you need to"

The Hope Vale Foundation works crew

Project Operations
After completing a seven week work experience trial the boys are on the tools and getting around the community. They are the face of Foundation that people see every day and we are super proud of them and the work they do.

Key initiatives

Foundation WEP employees completion celebration

Community Works Program

Our Community Works Program provides local people with an opportunity to have interesting and engaging work and training while providing support for Hope Vale residents.

Whether its cleaning up around the house in preparation for the wet season, tending to graves in the cemetery, or helping out around the farm, every day is different and rewarding.

We would like to recognize our work crews and the fantastic job they do. Thanks to everyone who pitches in to make the program a success  


Hope Vale Farm Project

Welcome to the Hope Vale Farm project.

It is a time for planning and renewal for the site, which has a long and varied history.

Originally known as "Miller's Block", the site was acquired by the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council with the goal of creating a housing sub division to ease housing pressure on residents, and a banana farm for employment and economic opportunities.

Both projects went ahead but the Banana Farm was hit by extreme weather events and was forced to close within a few years of breaking ground.

HVF is looking to produce a range of products from the farm's rich, red soil.

Fresh fruit and veg for community, citrus. finger limes and other produce for the wider market and First Nations food products to feed the visitors to the 2032 Olympics in Queensland.

We are also looking at climate adaptation, carbon farming and reducing our environmental impact when farming.

All of these aspirations will need a motivated, happy and skillful workforce in order to achieve our goals. People will be the heart of the farm and its future.


Pioneer Cottage and Heritage Garden Project

Ready to make a difference?

Reach out to us today to learn more about our initiatives, how you can get involved, and how your support can transform lives. Together, we can build a brighter future for Hope Vale and create a legacy of resilience, prosperity, and cultural pride. 

Please be aware

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of people who have since passed.

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