Country, Culture, People, Future

February 2020

Nyangumarta rangers share their story in film

Posted: February 13th, 2020

 

Each year the Nyangumarta rangers produce a ‘performance story’ to show the progress made during the year. The story can use any type of media, provided it describes the achievements, and sometimes the challenges, of the reporting period.

This year the rangers have chosen to produce a short video about their activities. It also includes reflections from Elders and shows the growth of the Nyangumarta Indigenous Protected Area and Ranger program.

We hope you enjoy watching it here

Landmark Indigenous Land Use Agreement and Yamatji Nation Claim consent determination celebrated in Geraldton

Posted: February 10th, 2020

 

Geraldton, Friday 7 February 2020, was a unique day for Australian native title history.  The Federal Court of Australia formally recognised native title rights for the people that form the Yamatji Nation Claim from Western Australia’s Mid West region. Attendees also witnessed the signing of a landmark Indigneous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the State Government of Western Australia.

Held at Edith Cowan Square, the hearing was attended by the Federal Court, representatives of the State and Federal Governments, other parties and most importantly, the Traditional Owners.

The agreement, the first of its kind in Australia, includes both native title recognition and a comprehensive economic package, including cash and assets, which finally came to fruition after 25 years. The totality of the settlement is of a scale that could transform Western Australia’s Mid West region into a thriving economic force.

As native title holders, the Yamatji Nation Claim will now have non-exclusive possession rights over portions of the former Barnong, Menai Hills and Kadji Kadji pastoral leases, land parcels near the Wandana Nature Reserve, Lucky Bay, and the Aboriginal Lands Trust areas in Carnamah, Kadathinni and Eneabba.

The judgement by Hon. Justice Debra Mortimer means that the Native Title Holders will continue to have a role in caring for Country through exercising their procedural rights in relation to the land and waters covered by their application.

To view the full media release click here

 

 

 

Artwork Opportunity with Water Corporation

Posted: February 4th, 2020

 

Water Corporation is calling for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create pieces of art that reflect the importance of water and its connection to the community.

If selected, your artwork could be adapted to be used on Water Corp vehicles, buildings, uniforms, publications, websites and more.

To submit an EOI you must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and a resident of Western Australia. You have until Friday 6 March to submit your interest.

For more information click here or contact Maddie Edwards at Maddie.edwards@watercorporation.com.au or call (08) 9420 3087.