Country, Culture, People, Future

2013

YMAC’s policy submissions now available online

Posted: November 12th, 2013

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YMAC is constantly working towards recognition for the rights of Traditional Owners in the Pilbara and Yamatji regions. This includes advocating at all levels of government, and YMAC provides submissions to government and other bodies on issues that affect traditional owners.

Many of those key submissions from the last two years are now available for download on our website www.ymac.org.au/media-and-publications/policy-submissions/

These documents outline YMAC’s policy positions on many of the important issues being discussed by governments today, including proposed changes to Aboriginal heritage legislation and the Native Title Act.

Job opening for Badimia applicants

Posted: November 7th, 2013

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Members of the Badimia community are encouraged to apply for a current vacancy with Mt Gibson Iron Ltd on their Extension Hill operations.

Badimia people interested in the position of Trainee Truck Operator should contact Mark Walker, Production Manager on 9485 3305 or mark.walker@mtgibsoniron.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

Badimia strike agreement with Minjar Gold

Posted: November 1st, 2013

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The Badimia People, Traditional Owners in the Mid-West of WA have signed a native title  agreement with Minjar Gold for its proposed mining operations and future expansions, approximately 400kms north-north east of Perth.

“The Badimia people are looking forward to a beneficial relationship with Minjar Gold,”  said Reg Yates, Chairperson of the Badimia Working Group. “It is important that this  agreement gives preferential contracts to Badimia businesses. That is very valuable,  because it allows us to be partners in the process, and gives Badimia people a sense of  pride.”

Click here to read the full media release, or

check out the story on ABC here.

YMAC on the shortlist for Pinnacle Awards

Posted: October 29th, 2013

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YMAC is proud to share with our readers that the organisation has been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) WA WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards in the category of Aboriginal Leadership Development Excellence. The awards recognise business leadership in the Western Australian community.

All of the award winners across the several categories will be awarded prize money to go to a nominated charity of their choice.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 28 November. YMAC congratulates all of the other nominees.

YMAC News issue 22 now available for download

Posted: October 24th, 2013

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YMAC News issue 22 FRONT COVER

The latest issue of YMAC News is now available for download!

Our cover story is all about the Federal Court’s decision to recognise the Banjima people’s native title rights, and includes lots of photos of Banjima community members who attended the Court Hearing.

There are also photos from preservation evidence hearings for the Kariyarra and Jurruru claims. These hearings gave elders the chance to make sure the Federal Court could record their knowledge, and represent significant progress on both of these claims.

You can also read about a scholarship for Yugunga-Nya students, a visit by some of the Yamatji Committee members to the Western Desert, and the new book by author and elder Clarrie Cameron. There is also an update from YMAC’s policy officer Christina Colegate about the Federal Government’s Review of Native Title Organisations.

Click here to download YMAC News Issue 22, or browse earlier issues here.

Have your say on pastoral lease issues

Posted: October 22nd, 2013

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The Standing Committee on Public Administration will hold public committee hearings for its inquiry into pastoral leases this November. The Committee will be travelling to Carnarvon for a public hearing on 5 November and to Port Hedland for a public hearing on 6 November.

The outcomes of the inquiry will impact on the way pastoral leases are administered into the future. Click here for more information and to view the inquiry’s terms of reference.

Members of the public can sit in on the hearings, but to have your say to the committee, contact Lauren Mesiti on 9222 7376 as soon as possible, as places are limited.

Download our Annual Report 2013

Posted: October 18th, 2013

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YMAC is proud to release our Annual Report for the 2012/13 financial year. It contains many of the highlights from the year, messages from the CEO and Co-Chairs about big issues facing native title claimants, complete financial statements, and many beautiful pictures of country.
YMAC Annual Report  2013
Click here to download our Annual Report from our website or email srosenfeld@ymac.org.au to request a hard copy.

Launch of ‘Murru’ this Sunday in Fremantle

Posted: September 25th, 2013

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CD Cover ArtThis Sunday marks 30 years since the death of 16-year-old John Pat, who died in a Roeburn prison cell in 1983.

His death prompted the State Government to instigate the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

John’s story will be honoured through the launch of ‘Murru’, an album produced by local high profile musicians together with the Roebourne community and inmates from Roebourne Regional Prison.

Proceeds from the album will go towards the memorial in John’s home town. An official launch for the album will be held this Sunday, at the Fly By Night Musicians Club in  Fremantle.

Tickets are available from www.flybynight.org or by calling 9430 5976.

  http://www.vibe.com.au/news/murru-in-memory-of-john-pat

Preserving Badimia Language

Posted: September 19th, 2013

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Watch this inspiring story from ABC Mid West on on Badimia Elder Ollie George and the great work being done to preserve languages in the Yamatji region…