Country, Culture, People, Future

Palyku

Aboriginal theatre company is coming to the Pilbara

Posted: September 19th, 2011

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Good Lovin’ cast members Alyssa Thompson,
Zac James, Shakira Clanton and Ian Wilkes.
Photo courtesy of Yirra Yaakin
Perth-based Indigenous theatre company Yirra Yaakin is coming to the Pilbara this week to present Good Lovin’, an original commission by the WA Health Department, written by Palyku playwright David Milroy.
The play will be presented for free to schools and communities in the Pilbara region from 20-23 September 2011.
David Milroy is an award-winning playwright (Waltzing the Wilarra, Windmill Baby), and has written Good Lovin’ to promote positive lifestyle choices.
The Good Lovin’ performance will be followed by a theatre and health workshop to encourage and support young people to make choices about what’s right for them by using hip hop and humour.
The performance and workshop program of Good Lovin’ will visit schools and local communities in Karratha on 20 September, Roebourne on 22 September, and Onslow on 23 September.
For more information visit http://www.yirrayaakin.com.au/

Native Title Railway Agreement to Protect Rock Art

Posted: October 2nd, 2010

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This week Palyku native title claimants and Hancock Prospecting announced an agreement over the company’s proposed heavy haulage rail line to connect their Roy Hill project with Port Hedland.

The agreement provides financial and non-financial benefits, including payments to be used for protecting and managing the cultural heritage values relating to the Woodstock Abydos Reserve, one of the richest rock art centres in the world.

“In the negotiations, we made it clear that we don’t want any of our special places to be disturbed,” said Terry Jaffrey, a Palyku elder. “Hancock has agreed to avoid all sacred sites, and to provide funds to protect the Woodstock Abydos heritage listed area.”
The agreement also specifies a portion of the financial benefits to be used for an employment, training and education program and a Health and Elderly Support Fund. These programs are in addition to Hancock’s commitment to implement a Pilbara Indigenous Employment policy, and provide contracting preferences for Pilbara Indigenous companies.

“To us it’s a very important place,” said Jaffrey. “I spent most of my time over the last decade dealing with mining companies, looking after it, and I’ll keep on looking after it. That’s why we have to work with Hancock to make sure they don’t disturb anything. It’s very important to me and to our children’s children.”

This agreement with the Palyku people is the latest to be signed by Hancock over its rail corridor, which will affect several native title claims.

Funding for Woodstock Abydos Heritage Project

Posted: June 12th, 2010

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YMAC’s Teri O’Neill, and Stan Stylianou with Minister Garrett at the announcement.  

Peter Garrett, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts has announced that YMAC has been successful in securing $97,000 to progress the current Woodstock Abydos Heritage Project.
Woodstock/Abydos is located in the East Pilbara region in the traditional country of the Kariyarra and Palyku people. The area contains numerous sites of cultural and historical importance including mythological, ceremonial, artefacts, engravings and paintings.
The grant will be used to undertake a comprehensive survey of the Woodstock Abydos reserves, in conjunction with Traditional Owners and government agencies, to record previously undocumented archaeological sites.