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Yamatji Region News

HAVE YOUR SAY – CROWN LAND MANAGEMENT

Posted: March 17th, 2020

 

YMAC Land Services team and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) are in discussion regarding the current form of management orders for Prescribed Bodies Corporate and Aboriginal Corporations.

A common type of tenure that is issued to Aboriginal people is a reserve with a management order. This does not provide land ownership but generally provides a low-cost, non-exclusive tenure option, however with onerous obligations.

YMAC Land Services would love to hear about your experiences with management orders, other land tenure and any conditions that are of particular concern, or difficult to comply with to make these known to DPLH.

If you wish to discuss this further or provide feedback, please email Kylie, Project Manager – Lands at kwilliamson@ymac.org.au or phone 0458 526 488.

SAVE THE DATE – Compensation Information Workshop – 25 March 2020

Posted: March 9th, 2020

 

In March 2019 the High Court of Australia made its first Native Title compensation decision.

There are many important issues to consider before filing a Native Title compensation claim including whether there are alternatives.

To assist PBCs and Native Title Holders to navigate this complex area, the National Native Title Council (NNTC) in conjunction with YMAC will be running an information workshop.

The workshop will be open to existing Prescribed Bodies Corporates (PBC) and Native Title claim groups where the Federal Court of Australia has set down their claim for a consent determination.

This first information workshop will be held at Gwoonwardu Mia located at 146 Robinson Street, Carnarvon.

To ensure everyone can participate, attendance numbers are limited to 2 people from each PBC Board and Native Title group.

To confirm who will be attending from your group, please contact Renae Jory at Rjory@ymac.org.au to register who your two representatives will be, and to make the necessary travel and accommodation arrangements by Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

 

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.

Have Your Say on WA’s native vegetation.

Posted: January 24th, 2020

Western Australians are invited to have their say on initiatives to support improved management of the State’s native vegetation.

The Native Vegetation in Western Australia issues paper proposes four initiatives aimed at providing better protection for vegetation where it is most needed and help streamline assessment processes:

  • a State Native Vegetation Policy
  • better information, including mapping and monitoring
  • improved regulatory processes
  • a regionally-tailored approach

There are two other ways we can provide comments and feedback:

You have until 10 February to provide feedback on the issues paper.

The consultation feedback will inform a draft policy, which is set to be released in April 2020 for further public comment. The final policy is due to be completed mid-2020.

For more information click here

State Long Term Strategy for Aboriginal Empowerment – Have your Say

Posted: December 11th, 2019

 

Aboriginal people are encouraged to contribute to a new discussion paper to help shape the State’s long-term plan to improve social, economic, health and cultural outcomes.

A Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, is now open for public comment until 28 February 2020.

The discussion paper takes a whole of government approach and outlines measures to strengthen co-ordination, co-operation and accountability. This will make it easier to see where progress is being made and where Government needs to direct more effort.

The discussion paper is available at https://www.wa.gov.au

6 December – another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

Posted: December 6th, 2019

6 December marks another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

In 1994, then named Yamatji Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation (YBBMAC), the organisation achieved full Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) status under the Native Title Act (1993), initially to the Geraldton (Yamatji) region.

Achieving this status enabled YBBMAC to manage claims in the Geraldton representative area and established the organisation’s main objective for the next 25 years. In that time YMAC has achieved 26 native title determinations with Traditional Owners.

While our focus remains on achieving native title, YMAC’s services have grown to meet the changing needs of the Traditional Owners we work with. We now also offer a range of services that support Aboriginal Corporations to reach their own milestones in caring for Country and supporting their communities.

YMAC looks forward to the next phase of our partnerships with Traditional Owners throughout the Yamatji and Marlpa regions of WA.

 

Watch the highlights from the 2018 Yule River Meeting

Posted: August 14th, 2018

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The 5th Annual On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River was another extraordinary gathering bringing together more than 400 Traditional Owners from across the Pilbara to discuss issues affecting them and their families. The meeting endorsed Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (PAV), the remarkable group borne out of the 4th meeting in 2017. PAV has made significant progress working together to address issues including language preservation, remote housing, the protection of Aboriginal heritage, Constitutional Recognition, health, education, justice, and the welfare of children.

This year, the 40-strong group welcomed more than 20 new members, and was officially endorsed and recognised by both Federal and State Aboriginal Affairs Ministers Ben Wyatt and Senator Nigel Scullion and others. PAV was acknowledged as an historic union of language groups working as one voice to call on all levels of government to improve living conditions for Aboriginal West Australians.

Today and every day, we recognise Aboriginal Elder, our Deputy Co-Chairperson, Mrs Doris Eaton, for her ongoing inspirational leadership, and great vision for the Pilbara, our Aboriginal Directors, and our dedicated YMAC staff, for their contributions to the Yule River meeting.

For more information about Yule River meetings and their history, please see https://lnkd.in/gEbB4J2

Shark Bay Science Centre brings employment, business opportunities

Posted: January 25th, 2018

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Bush Heritage Australia (Bush Heritage) is seeking to develop a close and productive working relationship with the Malgana community. Bush Heritage is one of Australia’s largest and most effective conservation organisations.

Best-practice science and collaborations with others, particularly Traditional Owners, are what define its approach to conservation.

In 2014, the Malgana native title claim group supported Bush Heritage’s purchase of Hamelin Station Reserve, on the edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. This support was given under the understanding that Bush Heritage would continue to engage with Malgana Traditional Owners to advance their social, economic and cultural interests, including providing training and employment opportunities. Bush Heritage continues to have these discussions with the Malgana community on several fronts.

Now, Bush Heritage is looking to develop a world class research and educational facility on Hamelin Station. Called ‘The Shark Bay Science Centre’, it will offer unique science, business, employment and community engagement opportunities in the Shark Bay region. The Malgana community is invited to express preliminary interest in these opportunities (business, employment and community engagement).

The Shark Bay Science Centre will promote improved knowledge and understanding of this unique landscape. And, it is hoped that, in partnership with the Malgana community, this centre will celebrate and include a strong focus of the region’s Aboriginal cultural values, history and continuing use and living culture.

Subject to successful fundraising, the facility will result in more visitors to the Shark Bay area and subsequent opportunities for regional economic growth and employment.

The employment opportunities will be broad, ranging from direct employment to associated business partnerships such as:

  • educational or interpretive services such as tours, talks and the creation of cultural displays;
  • construction-related trades such as carpentry and landscaping;
  • hospitality services such as housekeeping and catering; and
  • land management-related activities.

Other innovative ideas for participation are also welcomed.

Bush Heritage has contracted O’Neill Business Services to seek interest from the community throughout January 2018, with assistance from a Gascoyne Development Commission grant. For more information or to express interest, contact: les@oneillbusinessservices.com.au or 0428 250 906.

Beyond January 2018 please contact Bush Heritage Australia directly via Angela.Hawdon@bushheritage.org.au or 1300 628 873.

Wajarri Yamatji Achieve Native Title Recognition

Posted: October 20th, 2017

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On Thursday 19 October 2017, the Wajarri Yamatji community celebrated Native Title recognition at an on-Country Federal Court hearing held on Wooleen Station. Over 300 people attended to witness the historic occasion, that had taken over 20 years to achieve.

Wajarri people proudly showing their consent determination

Wajarri people proudly showing their consent determination

The consent determination covers the majority of the Wajarri Yamatji claim area (68,743 square kilometres of the total 97,676 square kilometres). The area encompasses parts of the Shires of Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Upper Gascoyne, Cue and Yalgoo; as well as 56 pastoral leases.

The journey to this native title determination commenced in 1995 and has involved the coming together of many families to achieve native title recognition. The Wajarri people have inhabited their Country since time immemorial, and have continued to look after their Country. Through their culture and knowledge, Wajarri people have maintained a deep connection to their land that continues to be passed on through the generations.

Mr Simon Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer of YMAC said, “There are many stakeholders involved in the native title process. On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone at YMAC, I would like to acknowledge the State, the Federal Court, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the National Native Title Tribunal, pastoralists, mining companies and all other parties for their cooperation and hard work over the past two decades to achieve this historic outcome. Congratulations everyone.”

Media Release: Wajarri Yamatji Achieve Native Title Recognition