Fearful Aurukun teachers evacuated again

(AAP Image/Peter Holmes a Court) Source: AAP

Government, police and community members will come together to help ease unrest in the town of Aurukun, as teachers are again evacuated.

Fearful teachers won't return to the remote Queensland community of Aurukun for at least six weeks after they were again targeted by children in early-morning attacks.

About 20 teachers are being evacuated from the troubled Cape York township to Cairns for the second time in as many weeks following a series of incidents on Wednesday morning.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said children as young as six were on the streets at 3am when they threw rocks at houses and security guards near staff homes.

A group of young people also tried to steal a car.

Mr Stewart said principal Scott Fatnowna's house was either targeted or was nearby.

It came days after he was carjacked and attacked for the second time in a fortnight.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called an urgent meeting on Wednesday when the decision was made to close the school and evacuate its teachers.

Ms Palaszczuk said in parliament the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy would not reopen for at least six weeks.

"Consideration of when the teachers will return to the community will be made closer to the start of the new school term in July," she said.

"Number one has always been the safety of staff in Aurukun and the safety of the community."

The Aurukun PCYC will offer alternative programs for students while the school is closed.

Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates told AAP the latest incidents were enough to "tip people over the edge in terms of their stress levels".

"We're certainly aware people were showing signs of severe anxiety," he said.

"Every noise caused people to be alert and unable to sleep."

Extra police officers and security guards were deployed to Aurukun following the first evacuation a fortnight ago, which resulted in five teachers choosing not to return.

Another four officers will arrive in the Aboriginal community this week.

Mr Bates said it was time for some "very hard conversations" to be had to look at the bigger issues facing the troubled community.

"There needs to be a genuine commitment to making a difference to the lives of people working in the community and to the people in the community themselves," he said.

Mr Stewart said eliminating unrest in the town was more difficult than simply getting rid of trouble makers or increasing the police presence.

"The reality is this is a very complex environment," he said.

"You have kids aged between six and 10 involved in some of these incidents.

"I actually think parents need to be held to account and questions have got to be asked by the proper authorities ... what are these kids doing walking the streets?"

Ms Palaszczuk will visit Aurukun on Friday to attend a public meeting organised by mayor Derek Walpo.

The premier has also launched a whole of government joint action plan to help ensure safety in the town.

Source AAP

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