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A service for a woman whose funeral was halted after a house full of mourners was rammed by a car has recommenced on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula.
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NITV Staff Writer

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AAP, NITV News
10 Oct 2016 - 3:33 PM  UPDATED 10 Oct 2016 - 3:50 PM

The incident on Friday resulted in the death of a 48-year-old woman and injured up to 25 others, in the close-knit Indigenous community of Kowanyama.

The driver of the vehicle, Garry Paul Hudson, 55, faced the Cairns Magistrates Court on Saturday and was charged with murder.

Police allege he deliberately rammed a council-owned vehicle into a house where friends and family had gathered to mourn the passing of his partner from cancer.

Police believe there may have been a family dispute before the car ploughed into the house. Acting Inspector Michael Gooiker said the driver was related to the mourners who had gathered at the home.

"There are indications there may have been some sort of dispute at a funeral and this is a result of that," he said.

Nine people remain in hospital, including another woman whose condition is serious.

Kowanyama Mayor Michael Yam told the ABC the community was "remarkably calm and residents are pulling together".

"There is a strong sense of unity between Elders and Traditional Owners and this is helping the community to begin to heal," he says.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a "very tragic incident".

"There is a strong sense of unity between Elders and Traditional Owners and this is helping the community to begin to heal"

Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt, will visit Kowanyama on Monday.

Mr Pitt and Assistant Minister of State and the Ministerial Champion for Kowanyama, Mark Ryan, will meet Kowanyama Aboriginal Council and community representatives.

“Our visit is to ensure the Council and the people of Kowanyama know the state government supports them in the aftermath of last week’s tragic events,” Mr Pitt said.

“I have spoken with federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, who told me he will also provide support if required.”

Extra police were sent to Kowanyama in the wake of the tragedy, which involved many people from the same family group.

Hudson's case is due for mention in court on November 7.

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