Country, Culture, People, Future

May 2013

New members sought for WA heritage body

Posted: May 14th, 2013

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The Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee (ACMC) is a body set up by the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act to advise the Minister for Indigenous Affairs on heritage matters. It makes many important decisions and recommendations that affect Aboriginal heritage in WA.
 
The ACMC is currently seeking expressions of interest for new members. They are looking for people with knowledge and experience in Aboriginal heritage, including experts in areas of anthropology, archaeology, ethnography and history. Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged.
 
For more information visit DIA’s website here or contact Andrea Barton, A/Executive Officer ACMC to request an application pack on 1300 651 077 during business hours.

Yinhawangka People Sign Pilbara Native Title Agreement with Dragon Energy

Posted: May 10th, 2013

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Yinhawangka Community Members with Representatives from Dragon Energy and YMAC

The Yinhawangka people recently announced a native title agreement with Dragon Energy, paving the way for its flagship Pilbara Iron Project.

Under the agreement, Yinhawangka consent to all activities associated with the development of an iron ore mine at Dragon’s Rocklea Central and North deposits. It also allows for further mining leases within the area.

The Agreement follows 12 months of constructive consultation and covers milestone and production payments, employment opportunities as well as cross-cultural exchanges and consultation on environmental matters.

Yinhawangka representative Roma Butcher said, “It was a pleasure doing business with Dragon Energy. Dragon’s General Manager Gang Xu was so easy to talk to and clearly has a huge respect for Yinhawangka People.

“I feel that Dragon worked with us respectfully and understood things we had to say about the Country, the flora and fauna, and how these things are important for us, our community and our health. Dragon Energy had empathy for what we are trying to achieve, and that meant that in return we also wanted to work with them. Maybe some of the Chinese cultural values that Gang Xu brought to our meetings were similar and led to understandings of our Aboriginal culture.

“Our flora and fauna are very important to us – as our Country is – and it’s good to know that Dragon Energy respects that, and respects our knowledge of the Country and the river system, and have agreed to include Yinhawangka People in ongoing environmental management.”

Dragon Energy’s Managing Director, Mr Gang Xu, commented that the parties had developed an excellent working relationship and looked forward to this continuing with the development of Pilbara Iron Project.

“Our negotiations with the Yinhawangka People have been based upon a strong mutual respect and have focussed on achieving outcomes that will benefit of both parties.

“We look forward to working with the group to develop our Pilbara Iron Project and at the same time provide opportunities to the Yinhawangka community and preserve their heritage and customs.”

Simon Hawkins, CEO, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation said, “Dragon Energy listened to concerns the Yinhawangka People had regarding impact to the Hardey River and have put in place an ongoing program to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge. Both parties showed great flexibility which has led to a strong relationship.”

Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation Shortlisted for Social Enterprise Award

Posted: May 3rd, 2013

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YMAC would like to congratulate Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC) for being shortlisted for Pro Bono Australia’s inaugural Social Enterprise Awards.

‘Ashoil’, a commercial enterprise run by AAC, trains indigenous youth from the Pilbara region of Western Australian to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuels. The initiative has been shortlisted in the ‘Social Enterprise Innovation’ category.

The Awards celebrate commercial ventures across all sectors of the Australian economy that deliver economic, social, cultural and environmental outcomes directly to the community.

Winners will be announced in Melbourne on Tuesday 28 May, 2013.

AAC aims to benefit Aboriginal people in the Pilbara through increasing employment and enterprise opportunities, and by providing education and training services.

Click here for more information about Ashoil, and here to see Pro Bono Australia’s full Social Enterprise Awards shortlist.

For more information about AAC, please visit their website.

Registrations Still Open for 2013 Welcome to Hedland Community Expo

Posted: May 1st, 2013

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There are still a couple of days left to register your organisation, group or business to take part in the 2013 Welcome to Hedland Community Expo, which takes place Friday 17 May from 5pm to 9pm at the South Hedland Town Centre.

The expo is an annual celebration of the Hedland region, giving community groups and businesses the chance to to connect with new residents and existing locals, with this year’s event shaping up to be the most exciting yet.

If you would like to host a stall, perform or do a demo at the expo, go to the Town of Port Hedland website or download a registration form here. For more information, call (08) 9158 9660.

Registrations close this Friday, 3 May.