Country, Culture, People, Future

May 2014

National Reconciliation Week 2014

Posted: May 30th, 2014

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National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

To learn more, get involved, and access resources to share, visit 

Book Talk with Malgana elder Ada Fossa

Posted: May 20th, 2014

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Join Malgana elder Ada Fossa as she speaks about her book “Stories Laughter and Tears through Bygone Years in Shark Bay” this Saturday in Geraldton.

“My name is Ada Mary Fossá, born Ada Mary Poland on the 8th November 1934. I am a 6th generation Indigenous resident of Shark Bay and also a Malgana elder.
This book is a collection of stories from my memories of growing up and living in Shark Bay with input from some old time residents also included.
There are no airs and graces, no research about this book, just telling it the way it was when we were young and remembering what our parents and grandparents taught us and the places they took us to. It might give an insight into how privileged this present generation is compared to ours many years ago.”

The book is available for purchase from 


Community NRM Grants

Posted: May 16th, 2014

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Local community across WA can now apply for the State Government’s 2014-15 Natural Resource Management grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 to help conserve, restore, rehabilitate and enhance landscapes or conserve biodiversity.

For more information and to access application forms and guidelines   please go to the State NRM Office’s website or phone (08) 9368 3168 or email

Applications close on June 20.


Free online training at the Geraldton Digital Hub

Posted: May 12th, 2014

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As part of their Digital Hub the City of Greater Geraldton will be holding free interactive training sessions to learn about the internet. The sessions will take participants through a step-by-step to discover the online world. The sessions available are group sessions and maximum numbers are between 6-8 on each session. Book soon to avoid missing out.

For more information visit the Digital Hub Website here or call the Digital Hub on (08) 99656749.

Durack Institute of Technology Class of 2013

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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On Friday 28th March, Durack Institute of Technology held its annual ceremony for the graduating students and award winners at Geraldton Grammar School.

The Class of 2013 saw almost 2000 students graduate with from  a range of courses with graduates coming from towns across the west coast including Geraldton, Carnarvon and Exmouth.

As part of the celebrations a number of awards were presented to students, including the Aboriginal Student of the Year Award. Among four finalist Regina Richardson was named the winner of the 2013 Rio Tinto Aboriginal Student of the Year.

Congratulations to Regina and all the 2013 Graduates from Durack Institute of Technology.

For more information the Durack Institute of Technology visit their website.

National Heritage Festival: Moora Country Tours

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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This Saturday, 10th May, Noongar elders in conjunction with the City of Stirling will be presenting Mooro Country Tours  as part of the  2014 National Heritage Festival.  The bus tour offers an opportunity to learn about traditional medicine, bush tucker and cultural practices used by Noongar people.

This is the second and last time the tour will run over the course of the festival. Tickets are free but bookings are essential. The tour will start at 9.30 and, light refreshments are provided. For more information or to book click here.

The 2014 National Heritage Festival runs from 18th April to 18th May, if you would like to find out what events are on near you click here to visit there website.

Kuruma Marthudunera Traditional Owner Jason Masters recognised for excellence

Posted: May 8th, 2014

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Kuruma Marthudunera Traditional Owner, Jason Masters, has been recognised for excellence at the 40 under 40 awards hosted by Business News.

Jason was recognised for his strong commitment to his community and for success in managing the trustee company Kuruma Marthudunera Limited on behalf of his people. Through his work Jason is involved in the management, governance and distribution of financial benefits arising from the negotiation between mining companies and the Kuruma Marthudunera people.

Congratulations to Jason on his outstanding achievement and his ongoing dedication to the Kuruma Marthudunera community.

The West Australian Indigenous Story Book

Posted: May 6th, 2014

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The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia began West Australian Indigenous Story Book project since 2011. Four editions have been released so far; the Kimberley and Pilbara edition, the Perth and Peel regions edition, the Pilbara and Midwest edition and the Goldfields/Esperance and Great Southern edition.

Each edition is a collection good news stories from indigenous, and sometimes non-indigenous, people who have contributed to social, economic, health and environmental outcomes for their communities.

For more information or to access the stories visit the PHAIWA website.


Two YMAC Staff achieve Scholarship to Oxford

Posted: May 5th, 2014

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YMAC would like to congratulate staff members Tamara Murdock and Jessyca Hutchens on receiving the Charlie Perkins Scholarship.

The Scholarship was launched in 2009 in memory of Aboriginal leader and activist Dr Charlie Perkins who was the first Indigenous Australian man to graduate from university.

Both Tamara and Jessyca will be undertaking their studies at Oxford University. Jessyca will be studying a DPhil in Fine Arts and Tamara will be studying a Master’s of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management.

Everyone at YMAC is very proud of Tamara and Jessica, and we wish them the very best with their studies in the UK.

Download the full media release here. 

Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

Disclaimer: Caution: Please be advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased people.

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