Country, Culture, People, Future

2013

Nominations open for state heritage awards

Posted: December 19th, 2013

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The 2014 Western Australian Heritage Awards will recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, tourism and interpretation in Western Australia. It also honours individuals and organisations whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage.

For more information on the awards, click here.

Nominations close on 31 January, 2014.

Badimia Country Job Opportunity with Minjar Gold

Posted: December 13th, 2013

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Minjar Gold is currently seeking to recruit an experienced Site administrator for their gold mine project located in the Gascoyne region of WA. Badimia people are invited to apply. Applications close Tuesday 17th Dec 2013. (more…)

YMAC holiday shutdown and heritage survey break

Posted: December 9th, 2013

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YMAC’s Board of Directors, Regional Committee, Management and Staff wish you a happy, healthy holiday.

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For many Aboriginal Communities in the Midwest and Pilbara, December to January is a special time of year to observe cultural obligations and practices.
Out of respect for these traditions, YMAC will not be conducting any heritage surveys between Monday 16 December 2013 and Monday 3 February 2014.
Any heritage survey requests received after 16 December will be scheduled to commence after 3 February.
Thank you for your understanding.
All YMAC offices in Perth, Geraldton, South Hedland and Tom Price will be closed during the festive season from Monday 23rd December 2013, re-opening on Thursday 2 January 2014.

 

Land agreements give pastoral station access to Traditional Owners

Posted: December 6th, 2013

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The Budina People have entered into a series of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) with pastoralists on their traditional country, approximately 150kms east of Coral Bay.

The agreements formalise how the Traditional Owners and pastoralists will co-exist on the land. The ILUAs deal with issues of land access, protection of Budina heritage sites, and many of the practical arrangements that allow both parties to enjoy their rights to the land.

Budina Elder Clive Lyndon said, “These agreements change the relationship between our community and the station owners. It’s recognition of our connection to this country. We’re happy with this outcome.”

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YMAC wins Pinnacle Award for Aboriginal Leadership

Posted: November 29th, 2013

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Winners of the the inaugural AIM WA/WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards. Photo: West Australian

Winners of the the inaugural AIM WA/WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards. Photo: The West Australian

YMAC Co-Chairs Mrs Doris Eaton and Mr Victor Mourambine with His Excellency Malcolm McCusker. Photo: The West Australian

YMAC Co-Chairs Mrs Doris Eaton and Mr Victor Mourambine with His Excellency Malcolm McCusker.
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The Western Australian business community last night recognised Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation  in the area of Aboriginal Leadership Development Excellence at the inaugural AIM WA/WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards.

More than 600 guests, including Premier Colin Barnett and Governor Malcolm McCusker, attended Crown Perth last night with Co-Chairpersons Mrs Doris Eaton and Mr Victor Mourambine accepting on behalf of YMAC.

Mrs Eaton said, “I want to recognise the hard work and the journey of Traditional Owners, particularly the leadership of the Yamatji and Pilbara Regional Committees and Board of Directors. I also acknowledge the Noongar people, on whose country we have received this award.”

For more about the award, click here

Chance to join a Hedland Community Consultation Group

Posted: November 28th, 2013

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BHP Billiton Iron Ore is looking for participants for it Hedland Community Consultative Group. The Group meets bi-monthly and serves as an opportunity for BHP to share information and get feedback from the community.

BHP is looking for people who are active in their community and who represent environmental groups, Aboriginal communities, ethnic communities, small businesses, contractors, educators, youth, community organisations and health and social services.

Contact belinda.fox@bhpbilliton.com for more information and expression of interest forms. Expressions of interest close on Dec. 9.

Read our excerpt from “The Miners”

Posted: November 26th, 2013

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Yamatji Marlpa’s CEO Simon Hawkins was featured in the recently published The Miners – Stories from the industry that drives modern Australia, by Barry Avery.

The Miners is available at www.theminers.net.au with proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation:

Read the excerpt here:

The 1992 event that has become known as the Mabo Decision changed the landscape of mining and exploration in Australia forever. This was a landmark High Court ruling that recognised the legal concept of Native Title for the first time, rejecting the previously held doctrine of terra nullius. It gave the Indigenous traditional owners certain legal rights to their land.

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The Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), of which Simon Hawkins has been chief executive for the past decade, is an organisation that represents 25 Aboriginal cultural groups across the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia – including dealing with Australia’s major resource developers with respect to Native Title claims. Hawkins explains that recognition of Native Title does not give a veto over mining or development, as traditional owners cannot stop mining from going ahead. What it does give these groups is a right to negotiate, allowing development to go ahead while claims are being resolved. ‘This gives traditional owners a seat at the table – to have a say about how mining will unfold on their country,’ he says.

‘When I started as chief executive in 2003, the mining boom was ramping up and companies which previously had poor relationships with Aboriginal people were now knocking on our door. Within my first few weeks on the job, Rio Tinto said it wanted to do a comprehensive agreement in the Pilbara. (more…)

Shire of Roebourne grants for community and culture

Posted: November 21st, 2013

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The Shire of Roebourne is again offering funding for community groups through their quarterly Community Grants and Contributions Scheme. Individuals or groups can apply for funds for either community arts and culture or sport and recreation programs.

More than $13,000 have been set aside for this round of funding. For more information visit www.roebourne.wa.gov.au/Funding.  Applications close on 21 February 2014.

On Badimaya Country- at the WA Museum

Posted: November 14th, 2013

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On-Badimaya-Country-Museum-Exhibition-Flyer_2013-10-24 (2)On Badimaya Country is a joint photographic and language documentation project between the Combined Universities Centre for Regional Health, the Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton, the Bidi Bidi Centre of the Mount Magnet community and the Mid West Development Commission via Royalties for Regions funding.

Documenting a collection of experiences captured in photo and film over a 3-month period, the On Badimaya Country exhibition highlights the beautiful Aboriginal culture and country of the Badimaya people of Mount Magnet.

The exhibition also features artworks from Badimaya artists of Wirnda Barna Artists Inc., a not-for-profit Aboriginal arts centre in Mount Magnet.

This free exhibit is on at the WA Museum in Geraldton from 15 November to 2 February 2014.