In the service of Ratepayers and Residents of Julatten and MT Molloy

About JAMARR

JAMARR (Julatten and Molloy Association of Ratepayers and Residents) was incorporated in 1996 as a progress association.

We have an open membership policy and count over 100 current recipients on our local news mailing list. Our meetings are bi-monthly and normally attract 15-25 attendees. Council is usually represented by the Mayor of Mareeba Shire and at least one other Councillor. Our members include new and old residents, retired and salaried, business owners and caregivers.

We have full access to the MT Molloy Memorial Hall (150p capacity) which is in excellent condition and features a certified food kitchen.

The community hall at Geraghty Park (Julatten) is of similarly utility, though it has a very well-appointed performance stage to boost its profile.

About our region

Mount Molloy is a small village in continuous transition. It was founded first as a staging point for Cobb & Co routes to the Palmer goldfields, and later it became a mining centre itself with a grand copper smelter. After copper crashed in 1905, a large sawmill was set up and timber became the town’s mainstay. With the advent of World Heritage protections in the early 80s over the remaining forests, the sawmill closed and many of the old families moved away due to lack of employment. In the past 5 years there has been a modest increase of young people taking up property in the area.

There is a growing realisation that we are now a gateway village: thousands of travellers going to or returning from their Cape York adventure pass through Mount Molloy annually. Among the main reasons these travellers stop is a lovely (free) Council campground at the crossing of Rifle Creek. This is a spot where Indigenous people gathered traditionally, then it was the stagecoach crossing, and now it’s a one-lane highway bridge and camping spot.

The campground attracts up to a hundred visitors each night during the Dry season.

The traditional owners, the Muluridji People, are currently working toward a Native Title determination over the village and surrounding area.

About 35 students are enrolled in the local school which has a strong and diverse arts and culture program. In 2012 the school was nationally recognised as a Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program recipient.

There is an active Landcare group and the community frequently comes together to discuss shared issues or aspirations.

Julatten is a regional area with a thriving elementary school, first-class pub/restaurant, and incomparable natural beauty in between the canefields and cattle paddocks that help sustain the local economy.

The area was settled gradually through the First World War, survived the depression through hard work in the timber industry and a self-founded dairy operation, and carried on til the Second World War.

Around this time many of the younger generation were called away for service. On returning back to Australia the cities had become so full of energy and opportunity that the rural communities began to wither out.

In the late 70’s a fresh wave of residents came along with the mining boom in Mt Carbine and with the lifestyle movements of that era. By the 80’s Julatten had transformed to a more gentrified landscape with many interesting and highly accomplished residents quietly enjoying their lifestyle properties.

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