Country, Culture, People, Future

March 2014

Our Tom Price office has moved

Posted: March 28th, 2014

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Our office in Tom Price has moved just up the road. We are continuing to serve the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara from our new premises at lot 974 Central Road in Tom Price.

All of our other contact details remain the same, and you can always reach your nearest YMAC office for free by calling 1300 7 12345.

Aboriginal Arts Center opens in Port Hedland

Posted: March 14th, 2014

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Spinifex Hill Studio’s, the first dedicated professional aboriginal arts center, opened in Port Hedland last week.

Local aboriginal artists were joined by dignitaries and hundreds of people from across the Pilbara to celebrate the historic opening.

For more information on the center, including opening times, click here.

Banjima people celebrate recognition after a battle in the Federal Court

Posted: March 14th, 2014

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Banjima Traditional Owners with Justice Barker

Banjima Traditional Owners with Justice Barker at their on-country native title determination this week

On 11th March 2014, the Federal Court recognised the native title rights of the Banjima People at their on-country determination held in Karijini National Park in the Central Pilbara.

The Banjima People first lodged their native title claim in 1998 and have been in litigation with the WA State Government since 2011 after being unable to move forward with a negotiated outcome.

Maitland Parker, Banjima elder, said “We have fought for this for a long time, so to be recognised as traditional owners is very rewarding. Our elders have taught us all of the things we needed to get our determination. They have taught us our law, language and culture, which we will pass on our young people.”

Simon Hawkins, CEO for Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation said it was a momentous occasion for the Banjima people.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

Free Into Business workshops

Posted: March 14th, 2014

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Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) are holding free Into Business workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are interested in turning a business idea into reality.

Over a series of three self-paced workshops you will have the opportunity to assess whether your idea can be developed into a commercially viable business.

The Into Business one-day workshops are held several weeks apart and cover the following broad topics:
Workshop A – your business idea, goals and expectations
Workshop B – marketing and managing your business
Workshop C – financial planning and management.

The next workshop A’s are at:

  • Carnarvon – 18 March 2014 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Geraldton – 19 March 2014 – 8:30am – 4:30pm     

For future dates and further information please contact Indigenous Business Australia on  1800 107 107 or visit www.iba.gov.au/itb

 

Landmark High Court decision in favour of Traditional Owners

Posted: March 12th, 2014

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The Ngarla People welcome today’s High Court decision, confirming that their native title rights were not extinguished by mining leases. The landmark ruling by the Court dismissed arguments by the Western Australian Government that 50 year-old mining leases, granted over areas 150km east of Port Hedland, permanently extinguished all native title rights in that land.

YMAC CEO Simon Hawkins said, “We congratulate the Ngarla people on this landmark High Court decision and their contribution to native title nationally.”

To listen to the ABC Rural interview with YMAC CEO Simon Hawkins regarding the landmark decision click  here.

To read the full media release click here.

Yamatji Arts showcase

Posted: March 7th, 2014

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Geraldton’s ACDC Gallery is preparing for chock-a-block year ahead.

They’ve kicked things off last month with the Yamatji Arts showcase displaying brilliant work of some of the Midwest’s Aboriginal Artists. On display are paintings, baskets and beautiful decorative pieces from a wide range of artists.

The Yamatji Arts showcase will be running until 15th March at the ACDC Gallery located at 33 Marine Tce in Geraldton. For more information on this and other upcoming exhibits click here to visit their facebook page.