Manoora Community Healing

Community Initiatives

Manoora Community Centre
The Manoora Community Centre provides a variety of support services and programs for local residents. For further information on activities, events and services,  like and follow the Manoora Community Centre on facebook

Manoora Community Garden
The garden opened in October 2016 as a community-led healing initiative which encourages positive interactions and healthy lifestyle choices for Manoora residents. Located behind Wuchopperen Health Service on Rollina Close, the community garden is always looking for supportive participants living in the Manoora area. More information on how to take part is available on the Manoora Community Garden facebook page.

Community Healing Project

The Community Healing Project started to help overcome the broad emotional impacts of the tragic deaths of eight children at Manoora in late 2014.

Led by the Australian Red Cross (Cairns region), the project worked closely with the affected families and communities to provide support, to oversee key events, and to re-establish positive relationships and encourage support and understanding within the affected communities.

The project officially concluded in June 2016, following the one year anniversary events in December 2015. Events included a service and ceremony where eight frangipani trees were planted at the site in memory of the children. A family day was also held by the families as a thank you to the Cairns community for their support.

About the project

The Community Healing Project is helping to overcome the broad emotional impacts of the tragic deaths of eight children at Manoora in late 2014.

The project is facilitated by a committee comprising representatives from Indigenous service providers, family, community, community organisations and relevant local, state and federal government departments. It is led by Project Coordinator Michael White from the Cairns region of the Australian Red Cross, The group is working closely with the affected families and communities to provide support and to oversee key events, and to re-establish positive relationships and encourage support and understanding within the affected communities.

Contact for media and other enquiries is Michael White, phone 0407 485 455 or via email communityhealingproj@redcross.org.au.  Media releases and statements issued by the Community Healing Project can be found below.

Last updated: 27 April 2017