Country, Culture, People, Future

October 2019

Congratulations to Pilbara Aboriginal Voice Co-Chairs – appointed to WAAAC

Posted: October 30th, 2019

 

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) wishes to congratulate Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurrka Muri) (PAV) Co-Chairs, Danny Brown and Linda Dridi, on their recently announced appointments to the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC).

The WAAAC is a statutory board under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, and will play a key role in working with the State Government on priorities, including the development of an Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, Closing the Gap, Aboriginal youth suicide and reducing incarceration of Aboriginal people in custody.

Both Danny and Linda have been working with the other interim members of this group since February of this year, advising the State Government on how it can better engage with Aboriginal communities to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to decisions being made that affect them, developing a Terms of Reference and suitable structure to achieve its objectives.

YMAC commends the PAV Co-Chairs for their work to-date representing the Pilbara region at this level, and looks forward to continuing to support them in our capacity as acting secretariat for PAV to see the positive outcomes they accomplish in future as members of the WAAAC.

Preliminary Feedback Sought on Biodiscovery Bill – have your say!

Posted: October 29th, 2019

Photo provided by J Kalpers with permission

The Western Australian Government is currently preparing a Biodiscovery Bill that is scheduled to be introduced to Parliament. The Bill may have a large impact on Aboriginal people, and needs your feedback to guide the process.

It is important that any research into and development of resources occurs in a way that protects the interests of Aboriginal people.  The legislation will set out processes to ensure lawful acquisition and fair sharing of any benefits arising from the use of Western Australian biological resources and or traditional knowledge.

Preliminary feedback is being sought at this stage so that legislation can be introduced to Parliament. YMAC encourages people to look at the discussion paper : Info sheet for PBCs and NTRBs_Biodiscovery Bill  and provide your feedback before 5pm on 8 November 2019, directly to:

Melinda Hayes (General Manager, Science and Innovation Division) Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Ph 9222 0728

Email: Melinda.hayes@jtsi.wa.gov.au

 

2019 Annual Regional Meetings

Posted: October 28th, 2019

YMAC’s 2019 Annual Regional Meetings are being held in November and are for all YMAC members to attend.

The meetings are a great opportunity to meet up with other YMAC members, hear about the work we have done over the last 12 months and have your say about important issues.

The Pilbara Annual Regional Meeting is on Friday, 1 November 2019. It will be held in the JD Hardie Centre, Cottier Drive, South Hedland.

The Yamatji Annual Regional Meeting is on Saturday, 30 November 2019 and will be located in the Town Hall, 8 Jose Street, Mullewa.

Both meetings will commence at 9:30am Sharp.

Pilbara members are asked to please RSVP to the Port Hedland office – 9160 3800

Yamatji members please contact the Geraldton office to confirm your attendance – 6552 6222.

If you can’t attend, we encourage proxies. For further information on proxies, please refer to the Annual Regional Meeting package mailed to all members, or contact your nearest YMAC office.

Lunch will be catered.

YMAC is not funded to pay travel allowance for the attendance of members at this meeting.