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Check out the new look YMAC News

Posted: March 23rd, 2011

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The latest issue of YMAC News is out today, with a new look and expanded format. In issue 13 of YMAC’s newsletter you can catch up on what has been happening at YMAC over the past three months with stories on the agreement between the Yugunga-Nya people and Sandfire Resources, the National Heritage Listing for the Weld Range, YMAC’s uranium community guides, the Premier’s Australia Day Award for the Aboriginal Communities Charitable Organistaion, the three YMAC women who were honoured for International Women’s Day, as well as profiles of some of our board members.

Click the link below for an electronic version or email srosenfeld@ymac.org.au to request hard copies for yourself, your family, your business or workplace.

YMAC News March 2011

Uranium information for Traditional Owners

Posted: February 19th, 2011

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YMAC has produced a publication called “Uranium and Native Title”, which will be sent to all YMAC members this month.

The Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) is aware that uranium mining is an issue that many of our members feel strongly about.

YMAC is not for or against uranium mining. Our role is to make sure Traditional Owners are professionally represented, that their native title rights are protected, and that they have the right information for decision making.
Uranium is a controversial issue and we’ve had a lot of questions from our members about what uranium mining might mean for their country and community. There are no uranium mines planned for the Murchison and Gascoyne regions right now, but exploration is occurring.

The “Uranium and Native Title” booklet and DVD gives some basic information about uranium, and lets you know where to go to learn more.

The DVD includes information from YMAC’s visit to the Northern Territory to meet with Traditional Owners who have had uranium mining on their country. It also features footage from YMAC’s Uranium Workshops in 2009 with Traditional Owners in Geraldton, Karratha and Carnarvon, where a Federal Government scientist talked about uranium and types of mining.

Click here to download “Uranium and Native Title” or visit YMAC’s website http://www.ymac.org.au/. You can contact YMAC at (08) 9268 7000 to request a copy complete with DVD.

If you are already a YMAC member you will receive your copy in the mail.

Not a member? Click here to download a membership form. All Yamatji and Marlpa adults are eligible for YMAC membership.

Uranium workshops inform Traditional Owners

Posted: August 7th, 2009

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Last week, YMAC held workshops in Geraldton, Carnarvon and Karratha for Traditional Owners to learn about uranium mining and radiation.

They featured presentations by Dr Stephen Long, from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. Dr Long talked about on uranium and radiation, types of mining, environmental and health risks, and rehabilitation of old mine sites.

Questions from Traditional Owners included concerns over water use in uranium mining, transporting uranium from mine sites, impact on cultural practices and the long-term effects on flora and fauna.

For those who couldn’t make it to the workshops, YMAC is producing a DVD and information pack for all our members in 2010.