Country, Culture, People, Future


YMAC 25 Year Anniversary Special Publication

Posted: August 16th, 2019


YMAC’s 25th Anniversary special publication: 25 Years Creating a Strong Future for Yamatji and Marlpa People and Country, is available to download now here

YMAC sponsors Pilbara Community Service Excellence

Posted: August 1st, 2019


YMAC is very excited to be a sponsor of the 2019 Pilbara Community Services Excellence Awards, now in their second year. It’s a great initiative created to recognise the outstanding contributions made by Pilbara organisations and individuals through hard work, determination and passion that have had a positive impact on Pilbara communities.

YMAC is sponsoring the category of Aboriginal Corporation/Organisation – Outstanding Commitment to Best Practice in Member Support and Development. It is one of a dozen categories that organisations can enter.

Nominations are now open and you have until 30 August to complete them. Make sure you follow the Pilbara for Purpose Facebook page to learn where to enter:, and read the  2019 Nomination Package for more details.




6th Annual Yule River Bush Meeting is this week

Posted: July 22nd, 2019

This week will be the 6th Annual On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River, where we will see hundreds of Traditional Owners come together to make important cultural decisions for their communities.

The Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurra Muri) (PAV) members will be facilitating the meeting, and updating members in what has been achieved in the last 12 months.

It has been heartening to see the recognition and endorsement of the Kakurrka Muri (Karriyarra language for Yule River) at both State and Federal levels, and YMAC is very proud to play a role supporting this important event take place each year.

Yule River has become an important platform for ensuring Traditional Owners remain at the centre of decision-making and we again look forward to involvement from Traditional Owners, politicians and stakeholder in 2019.

YMAC celebrates culture and Country during NAIDOC Week

Posted: July 5th, 2019

From 7 to 14 July during NAIDOC Week, YMAC celebrates culture and Country in the spirit of “Working together for a shared future”. Our staff and members will be participating in several events across the regions and we hope to see many of our members out and about celebrating NAIDOC Week.

On Sunday 7 July at RSL Birwood House in Geraldton, we are honoured to be invited to present a wreath at the NAIDOC dawn service to mark the week’s commencement.  Our staff will also proudly participate in Monday’s NAIDOC March and Mayors morning tea, followed by Streeties Big Breakfast on the morning of 10 July.

Another special moment to experience will be the opening ceremony of Carnarvon’s Cultural Centre on 8 July. Our Deputy Co-Chairperson – Yamatji Region Deborah Oakley will be representing the organisation, along with YMAC staff.  It will be a great moment to be there when the centre open its doors to share the stories of Traditional Owners with current and future generations.


YMAC News Issue 38

Posted: July 1st, 2019

The latest issue of YMAC News is available online, to download your copy click here



Your chance to nominate for the 2019 Regional Achievement and Community Awards

Posted: June 21st, 2019


A statewide search has begun through Western Australia’s communities to find nominees for the 2019 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The focus of the awards is to acknowledge and thank inspiring individuals, groups and local businesses who are consistently finding ways to enrich the lives of others around them.

It is the valuable contributions from these special people that help make regional and rural WA a better place to live and work.

To give thanks to someone you know you can nominate them into one of these categories:

  • Prime Super Business Achievement Award
  • Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
  • Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
  • Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award
  • RAC Volunteering Award
  • Community TAB Community Service Award
  • Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award
  • Curtin University, School of Education Teaching Excellence Award
  • Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award
  • Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award

An example of dedication and tenacity to contribute to community is Yamatji local, Thomas Cameron who has been nominated for the Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award. Thomas has been recognised for his contribution to the Littlewell Working Group who have strived to preserve the heritage of the Littlewell Mingenew Aboriginal Reserve.

Nominations close Wednesday 10th July 2019. For assistance please feel free to call the Awards Office on 9201 1155 or email


Native Title Compensation – what you need to know

Posted: June 19th, 2019



As a member and contributor to the National Native Title Council (NNTC), YMAC is pleased to share the NNTC’s Compensation fact sheet  that offers some clear guidance on a complex but highly important topic – loss of culture and Country.

The fact sheet outlines some of the precedents set by the recent High Court judgment in te Timber Creek native title compensation case and points that claim groups should keep in mind regarding their native title.

Once you have read the NNTC information, YMAC suggests you also consider the following regarding compensation for mining leases.

Mining leases do not extinguish native title, but they can have a significant effect on Country as well as destroy significant sites, disrupt the environment and contaminate water. The High Court’s recent decision did not talk about compensation where native title is not extinguished. Further court decisions will help explain the considerations for native title mining compensation. The Native Title Act does provide the following guidance:

  • When determining compensation for a mining lease, the court must consider how compensation would be calculated if the mining lease was instead over freehold land. Each State and Territory has its own law saying how to calculate mining compensation.
  • Compensation can only be awarded against a mining lease once. If a mine causes significant disruption after an award of compensation is made, no further compensation claims can be made. A claim group should be aware of this before making a compensation claim against an operational mine.
  • States and Territories can pass laws making the mining companies liable for native title compensation for mining. Several States and Territories have passed these laws.
  • A claim group can seek compensation for mining leases granted after the Racial Discrimination Act commenced (October 1975).
  • In general, if a mining lease is granted through an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA), a claim group cannot seek compensation beyond what is in the ILUA.
  • A claim group can seek compensation for a mining lease if it was granted without an agreement. This includes if it was granted because at the time there were no registered claims, or determinations over the area, or if it was subject to a successful Future Act Determination Application in the National Native Title Tribunal.
  • It may be possible to make a compensation claim for a mining lease even if there was a Right to Negotiate agreement (also known as a s31 agreement). However most s31 agreements contain either:
  • a “set off” provision, which means that any subsequent compensation award to be reduced by any payments made under the agreement; or
  • a “full and final compensation” clause, preventing the native title party from seeking any additional compensation.

If you have any questions please contact your Native Title Representative Body.

OPPORTUNITY – Audition for Bran Nue Dae next week

Posted: May 23rd, 2019

Opportunity to Audition for Bran Nue Day

Opportunity to Audition for Bran Nue Day

When Jimmy Chi’s book, Bran Nue Day premiered as a musical on a Perth stage in 1990 it placed Indigenous voices at the centre of the narrative and gave those voices volume like they had not had before. It is really exciting to know there is an opportunity for you or someone you know to add your voice to be part of the 30th anniversary tour of Bran Nue Day.

The final round of auditions for this tour will take place in Broome – where the story was born – across three days next week on 31 May, 1 and 2 June. You have until this Monday 27 May to register.

This is an opportunity for the production team to work with the people who have already auditioned and for those of you who didn’t get a chance to showcase your talents the first time.

The 30th anniversary tour will be driven by the production’s original director, Andrew Ross, and Bangarra dancer and Yawuru woman from Broome Tara Gower joins as Choreographer.

In 1990, Bran Nue Day was recognised nationally with the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards as an outstanding achievement in music and theatre. It takes intelligence and courage to bring crucial topics to a broader audience, and do so in such an engaging way.

It created conversations that we needed to have, and those conversations are still needed today, in 2019. We hope this 30th anniversary production empowers a new generation to carry the important messages of recognition, reconciliation and reclaiming identity to Australia again.

To find out more please contact Naomi Pigram : or see the Bran Nue Day Audition Flyer


Nanda Native Title Determination

Posted: May 9th, 2019

At an on-Country Federal Court hearing on 28 November 2018 at Kalbarri Foreshore in WA – the Nanda people were formally recognised by the Federal Court as native title holders, after a 24-year long legal process. About 300 people attended the hearing.

The Determination Area covers about 17,000 square kilometres of Nanda traditional country and encompasses: the town of Kalbarri, Kalbarri National Park, the Zuytdorp Nature Reserve and the Toolonga Nature Reserve. While all Country is important to the Nanda people, the area around the Murchison River is of particular significance as are Tamala and Coolcalalya. The Nanda people have negotiated the recognition of exclusive possession native title rights over important areas in the Determination Area. This includes land at paradise flats, around Bully, Wilgie Mia, Mooliabatanya and Syphon pools.

To view the Nanda native title determination video click on the link below.