As the native title representative body for the Yamatji and Pilbara regions of WA, YMAC is a not-for-profit Aboriginal corporation. We are run by an Aboriginal Board of Directors, with Regional Committees chosen by our members. Membership is open to all adult Yamatji and Marlpa people. Learn More
November 18th, 2021
Pilbara Annual Regional Meeting 2021
November 18th, 2021
Port Hedland office being relocated
November 3rd, 2021
Boost for bushfood and Aboriginal businesses
Walk for Cultural Heritage
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation is proud to be involved in the ‘Walk for Cultural Heritage”, taking place in Perth – on Whadjuk Noongar Country – gathering from 9am on Saturday 23 October.
In partnership with South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, Native Title Services Goldfields and National Native Title Council, this show of solidarity is being held so that people from across the State can demonstrate support for the highest possible protections of Australia’s unique and globally recognised cultural heritage.
Aboriginal people believe the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 set to be pushed through Parliament later this year will not stop the destruction of cultural heritage sites and should not be introduced to Parliament in its current form. We must respect the authority of Aboriginal people and their strong cultural responsibility to protect and care for Country and significant sites for current and future generations.
They must have the final say on what happens to their cultural heritage.
The time is now to send a clear message to government that we must take the time to get things right and introduce new laws that benefit ALL Australians.
To register for the Walk and for more information regarding the Bill and learn more about our concerns, please visit ProtectAboriginalHeritageWA.org.au
Let’s CELEBRATE our Culture – not destroy it.
For Traditional Owners, Aboriginal cultural heritage is at the heart of caring for Country. It is unique to each group and its significance is recognised globally.
In 2021 the WA State Government will introduce the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill to parliament. In its current form the Bill will Not prevent the destruction of cultural heritage that drew the global community’s attention in 2020.
YMAC has been advocating for over a decade for legislative reform.
In partnership with fellow members from the WA Alliance of Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers and the National native Title Council we have launched ProtectAboriginalHeritageWA.org.au
Visit the hub to learn more and help prevent another irreplaceable piece of Australia’s cultural heritage being harmed or destroyed.
To find out more about the proposed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill visit our Law Reform page.
YMAC’s Pilbara and Yamatji Annual Regional Meetings (ARMs) will be held in November. YMAC members are invited to attend their regional meeting to hear updates and participate in discussions.
Pilbara ARM will be held from 9:30AM on Friday 19 November, at the Walkabout Hotel, Hedland.
Yamatji ARM will be held from 9:30am on Saturday 27 November at the Irwin Rec Centre, Port Denison.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact your regional office.
Core Stakeholder Engagement Consultation
To assist with the implementation of our Strategic Plan 2021-2025, YMAC is currently undertaking a consultation with core stakeholder groups.
Please visit the dedicated section of our website here to view the plan, and to learn more about the consultation and how to become involved.
Advice for visitors to YMAC offices
YMAC’s Perth, Geraldton, and Hedland offices are all open to visitors.
General COVID-19 information
If you have the following symptoms: fever (over 37.5ºC), cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, acute loss of smell or taste, please get tested and follow medical advice.
Government agencies: health information links
As the COVID-19 situation is continually evolving, the following links are useful resources to provide you with the latest information and advice to keep yourself safe: