Country, Culture, People, Future


Close the Gap survey

Posted: September 25th, 2019


The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks) with the support of Australian government at Federal, State and local levels are talking to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, communities and organisations about Closing the Gap throughout September and October 2019.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) encourage Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal people to undertake the Close the Gap online survey.

The survey is a critical tool to ensure people have their say on Closing the Gap and will inform and strengthen the Coalition’s negotiations with government.

Your views will help to create practical action that could be included in the new National Agreement to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations in taking charge of their own lives and development.

It’s an important that everyone has an opportunity to have your say!  The survey closes on 25th October at 5.00pm.

Please find attached a useful information booklet for your information.

Where can I find the survey? 

The survey is available through the NACCHO website here:

There is also a direct link to survey monkey available here:

Hurry to get your entries in to the YNSRA Artwork Competition!

Posted: September 23rd, 2019

Only one week to go before the entries close on 30 September.

If you are an Artist and a Yamatji person with traditional connections to Western Australia’s Mid West region around Geraldton, you are invited to enter.

The winner receives $3000 (inc GST) and the Artwork will be exhibited at a YNSRA event in December at Geraldton. Share your creativity with us and you could be the winner! All you need to do is submit a two dimensional work of art in any medium.

To enter download the Terms and Conditions and Entry Forms at this link and send in your email to with your completed entry form by 30 September.
Submit your finished Artwork by 4pm, Thursday, 17 October.
Good luck to all entrants!

Yamatji On-Country Meeting Postponed

Posted: September 18th, 2019

Please be advised that due to Sorry Business a decision has been made to postpone the Yamatji On-Country meeting until further notice.

YMAC will notify community members and invited guests of new dates once an appropriate date has been identified.

Thank you for your understanding.

First annual Yamatji On-Country Meeting is on 20-21 September, 2019

Posted: September 12th, 2019


The very first annual Yamatji On-Country Meeting is being held at Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation in Geraldton on Friday, 20 September and Saturday, 21 September

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who want discuss social issues affecting them and their community, are invited to this regional gathering that is coordinated by YMAC and facilitated by Bundiyarra.

The event presents an opportunity for people to meet with each other and directly with Members of Parliament and policy makers to raise concerns about the issues affecting them.

Friday, 20 September’s daytime proceedings commence at 9:30am are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders only.

On Saturday, 21 September, public members are invited to attend.

For more information and to RSVP (for catering purposes) contact YMAC’s Geraldton office on 9965 6222.

Pilbara First Nations Women’s Policy Forum

Posted: September 10th, 2019

On Wednesday 25 September First Nations women of the Pilbara are invited to the Pilbara First Nations Women’s Policy Forum in Roebourne. Following the success of the 2018 First Nations Women’s Policy Forum held in Perth, the forum is being organised by the office of Senator Sue Lines to amplify the voices of First Nations women to address issues specifically impacting the Pilbara region and its communities. Guest speakers include Malarndirri McCarthy and Senator for the Northern Territory, and Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians


Book your space by 11 September and click here for further information.

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.