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Wontulp-Bi-Buya College

Eddie Turpin with Wontulp Students

Teacher, Eddie Turpin with Wontulp students about to graduate from the 
Addiction Management and Community Development course. 
© Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, 2016. Used with permission.

Reconciliation project






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Established in 1982, Wontulp-Bi-Buya College is one of the treasures of the Australian Church. Sitting lightly on the landscape, the College operates from the back of a Lutheran church hall in Cairns, renting classroom space for teaching blocks when students from all over Australia gather for 2 weeks at a time. 

Students at Wontulp-Bi-Buya College can choose from certificate and diploma courses in Theology 
and Ministry as well as courses in Community Development, Alcohol Counselling, and Indigenous Mental Health. The Theology course includes subjects such as ‘Relate the Old Testament to Indigenous Christians’, ‘Relate theology of the Holy Spirit to an Indigenous context’, and ‘Conduct public worship’.

The Wontulp classroom is a vibrant conversation between people from all over Australia, working out what Christian faith means for them as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The College is able to access government funding to assist students with travel and accommodation for each teaching block. However, Wontulp-Bi-Buya would not survive without the contribution of churches to its core expenses which include study materials for students, staff salaries, travel and accommodation for visiting teachers, office rent, maintenance for two vehicles, insurance, electricity and telephone costs.

Your support for Wontulp-Bi-Buya College enables the Australian Church to demonstrate its commitment to emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders. 

AU016WB needs $55,000 in 2017 (tax-deductible)



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November 2017 – Kathryn Bellhouse was one of the pilgrims that visited Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, and afterwards wrote about her experiences and the inspirational people that she met. Read more.

October 2017 – ABM recently facilitated a pilgrimage for theological students from Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne and St Francis College, Brisbane to attend a two-week theology teaching block of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, Cairns. Read more.

Celia Kemp

September 2016 – ABM Reconciliation Coordinator, Celia Kemp, visits Wontulp-Bi-Buya College. She recounts her impressions of this remarkable place, the passionate people who serve the college, and the strong mandate to support the Development of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church and community leaders. Read more.




September 2016 – The Principal of Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, Rev’d Victor Joseph, speaks about the work of this unique theological institution.