The New Mapoon IKC opened on 16 August 2002. It was the first IKC established in the Northern Peninsula Area and the fourth established in Queensland.
IKC Administrator Pauline Lifu has been with the IKC for most of its 20-year history and is the longest-serving staff member in the IKC network. Ms Lifu has been at the forefront of developing a local history collection at the IKC, which includes material from all five Northern Peninsula Area communities: Bamaga, Injinoo, New Mapoon, Seisia, and Umagico.
"Keeping local history has been my passion for a long time," explained Ms Lifu. "I love to keep local history to show the next generation and generations to come."
Elders, families, and children highly value the local history collection, which is utilised to learn about the different cultures of the NPA.
"School children do research and learn about their history. Families can read their stories, share knowledge, and know their family history," said Ms Lifu.
An example of local history bringing the community together can be found in a 2010 Culture Love program, Our Journeys. The three-week cultural skills development program focused on the journeys founding members of NPA communities undertook to arrive in the region.
One of the program's outcomes was oral history recordings of Elders with a memory of the forced relocation from Mapoon to New Mapoon by the Queensland Government in the mid-20th Century. Ms Lifu had a vital role in the program, helping Elders and others from the community prepare for the recordings.
Ms Lifu explained that being involved in local history projects comes with responsibility. "I want community to trust me looking after things that they are so passionate about," she said. But for Ms Lifu, the rewards are just as great. "It makes me feel good - like I've achieved something."
The New Mapoon IKC is one of five IKCs operated by the NPARC in partnership with the State Library of Queensland. The IKCs are located at Bamaga, Injinoo, Seisia and Umagico.