Extra police have been sent to an indigenous community in far north Queensland after rioting in the town.

A group of people in Aurukun, just south of Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula, threw rocks at the local police station and vehicles after a local man was taken into custody on Monday, police say.

Police tasered the man after he allegedly became violent when arrested following a disturbance at a shop.

Extra officers have been sent to the area from Cairns and Thursday Island.

"Community elders are working with senior police to address community concerns," a statement from police said.

A police spokesman could not confirm reports the community was in lockdown following the riot.

Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo said he could not comment on what was going on in the community as he was out of town.

"I've been given mixed messages ... I've had a lot of people calling me," he told AAP on Tuesday.

In March, extra police were sent to Aurukun after shots were fired during a riot involving up to 200 people.

 

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