Country, Culture, People, Future


YMAC News Issue 39

Posted: November 11th, 2019


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

Help design the Indigenous Tourism Fund to increase opportunities

Posted: November 4th, 2019

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has commenced a consultation process for the implementation of the $40m Indigenous Tourism Fund. They are encouraging governments, organisations and individuals to participate in this opportunity help to define the design of the fund.

NIAA wants to ensure the fund is implemented to provide value, focus on gaps and barriers to success, and increases opportunities in the Indigenous tourism industry.

The link to the discussion paper and the Minister’s media release are below:

The consultation period is open until Friday 22 November 2019. If you need more information, please contact the NIAA at


YMAC Annual Report 2019 and Highlights 2018/19 now available

Posted: November 1st, 2019











YMAC’s Annual Report 2019 and Highlight 2018/19 are both available to download from this website.

Copies of each publication are being posted to members and additional copies are available also at YMAC offices.

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



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.

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.