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On Badimaya Country- at the WA Museum

Posted: November 14th, 2013

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On-Badimaya-Country-Museum-Exhibition-Flyer_2013-10-24 (2)On Badimaya Country is a joint photographic and language documentation project between the Combined Universities Centre for Regional Health, the Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton, the Bidi Bidi Centre of the Mount Magnet community and the Mid West Development Commission via Royalties for Regions funding.

Documenting a collection of experiences captured in photo and film over a 3-month period, the On Badimaya Country exhibition highlights the beautiful Aboriginal culture and country of the Badimaya people of Mount Magnet.

The exhibition also features artworks from Badimaya artists of Wirnda Barna Artists Inc., a not-for-profit Aboriginal arts centre in Mount Magnet.

This free exhibit is on at the WA Museum in Geraldton from 15 November to 2 February 2014.

‘Elephants in the Bush’ Launches tomorrow at Big Sky Festival

Posted: September 12th, 2013

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“Clarrie Cameron’s recently released storytelling collection is nothing less than a force of life, almost a diary of culture and history.” Darcy Hay, Midwest Times

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YMAC member Clarrie Cameron, from the Nhanhagardi tribe of Champion Bay, has lived in the Midwest Region all his life, travelling around from Geraldton to Wiluna. From station life to dusty outback towns, new book of Clarrie’s campfire yarns reflect his country, culture and identity….

  • A huge snake takes refuge under the body of a napping grandfather.
  • One 16-year-old girl keeps 300 head of cattle together for weeks without losing a beast.
  • Trackers lead police deep into the desert to find a murderer and rescue an abducted woman.

Now others can read them on the pages of his new book Elephants in the Bush and other Yamatji Yarns.

Clarrie will share his book of short stories at Geraldton’s Big Sky, Readers and Writers Festival. Hear about Carrie’s experiences and get your book signed at the festival launch on Friday, September 13.

Hear Clarrie being interviewed on ABC’s Bush Telegraph here.

Elephants in the Bush and other Yamatji Yarns is available from all good bookshops and online from Magabala Books for $19.95.

Grants for Geraldton community groups

Posted: August 5th, 2013

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The next round of Community Grants from the City of Greater Geraldton is now open. The aim of these grants is to provide assistance to local community groups and organisations that make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Greater Geraldton region. Community groups that need funding for programs or equipment are encouraged to apply.

The closing date for applications in 22 August 2013. For more information visit www.cgg.wa.gov.au/residents/grants or call 9956 6993.

Celebrate NAIDOC week!

Posted: July 8th, 2013

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NAIDOC week is now well underway, and celebrations are happening all over Australia. The theme for 2013 is “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”.  The theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. To read more about the significance of these petitions visit the official NAIDOC website.

There are a huge number of events going on across the Yamatji and Pilbara regions to celebrate NAIDOC this week. Check your local paper for a listing of events. Some highlights will be the Ngarluma & Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd’s football carnival in Roebourne this weekend, free community events featuring food and music in Karratha on Friday and Sunday, and the NAIDOC awards celebration in South Hedland on Saturday, to name just a few.

YMAC has already been celebrating NAIDOC, with stalls at the Tom Price and Perth opening ceremonies on Sunday, as well as last week’s Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton.

If you are in Karratha or South Hedland this week come say hello to YMAC staff at the community events on there.

 

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Dawn service to commemorate 100 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Veterans in Service. 7 July 2013

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YMAC stall at Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton. 3 July 2013 

Wajarri Yamatji Liaision Officer wanted in Geraldton

Posted: June 25th, 2013

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Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Ltd (SMCL) are currently seeking a Geraldton-based Wajarri Yamatji Liaison Officer.

For details of the position and application requirements, please visit the SMCL employment page.

Nominations for 2013 Mid West NAIDOC Awards closing soon

Posted: June 20th, 2013

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Do you know someone who deserves a NAIDOC award?

Time to get those submissions in, as nominations for the 2013 Mid West NAIDOC Awards close 5pm tomorrow, Friday 21 June.

The annual awards recognise outstanding achievements made by Indigenous Australians to improve the lives of Indigenous people, or promote Indigenous issues in the wider community.

If you know someone in your community who deserves to be recognised for their contribution, complete a nomination form in one of the following categories:

  • Scholar of the Year
  • Male Community Service of the Year
  • Female Community Service of the Year
  • Apprenticeship Award
  • Musician of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Hall of Fame
  • Male Elder of the Year
  • Female Elder of the Year
  • Reconciliation Award
  • Community Service Volunteer
  • Youth of the Year
  • Non-Indigenous Male Person of the Year
  • Non-Indigenous Female Person of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year

Nominations can be obtained from Laine-Rose Forsyth at the Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre by emailing laine@edcentre.wa.edu.au

For more information about NAIDOC Week 2013, visit the NAIDOC website.

Indigenous Storybook, Midwest and Pilbara edition

Posted: May 17th, 2013

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The Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA is launching the third edition of their Indigenous Storybook at a celebration in Geraldton next week. The book showcases the achievements of Indigenous people who have contributed to health, social, economic and environmental outcomes for their communities.

The storybook includes 13 stories from the Mid-west and Pilbara regions, told by the people involved. They cover projects such as health and environmental issues, community gardens and employment, leadership and personal journeys.

The stories highlight issues that affect Indigenous communities across the Mid-West and Pilbara regions such tobacco awareness, substance abuse, crime prevention, sustaining culture and language and youth engagement.

For more information, and to download the previous editions, visit PHAIWA’s website or email phaiwa@curtin.edu.au.

Yamatji Special Regional Meeting

Posted: March 27th, 2013

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City of Greater Geraldton Community Grants

Posted: March 14th, 2013

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Applications are now open for Round 12 of the City of Greater Geraldton’s Community Grants Program.

The grants provide assistance to local community groups and organisations that make positive contributions to the Greater Geraldton region.

Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 28th March 2013.

For eligibility and applications requirements, visit the City of Greater Geraldton website, or contact Natalie Hope on (08) 9956 6621 or natalieh@cgg.wa.gov.au