The Council is part of the South Burnett Local Government Association and
its goal is to make Cherbourg the first completely self-sufficient
aboriginal community in Australia.
In recent years the Community Council has run a vigorous "work for the dole"
program which has resulted in many improvements to the township area and
today Cherbourg has its own convenience store, hospital, TAFE campus, motel,
community radio station, aged care hostel and arts and crafts centre.
Cherbourg always welcomes visitors and two community ventures particularly
worth seeing are the Cherbourg Emu Farm (the first commercial emu
farm in Queensland, which provides breeding stock for other growers, emu
meat for the restaurant trade, emu leather for export and emu eggs for local
egg-carvers) and the Cherbourg Tourist Centre - built on a hill
overlooking Lake Barambah - which sells a wide range of Aboriginal souvenirs,
fine art and craftworks.
The Centre also has very pretty landscaped gardens with picnic and
bbq facilities, along with wonderful views over the Lake.