Country, Culture, People, Future

September 2019

Close the Gap survey

Posted: September 25th, 2019


The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks) with the support of Australian government at Federal, State and local levels are talking to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, communities and organisations about Closing the Gap throughout September and October 2019.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) encourage Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal people to undertake the Close the Gap online survey.

The survey is a critical tool to ensure people have their say on Closing the Gap and will inform and strengthen the Coalition’s negotiations with government.

Your views will help to create practical action that could be included in the new National Agreement to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations in taking charge of their own lives and development.

It’s an important that everyone has an opportunity to have your say!  The survey closes on 25th October at 5.00pm.

Please find attached a useful information booklet for your information.

Where can I find the survey? 

The survey is available through the NACCHO website here:

There is also a direct link to survey monkey available here:

Hurry to get your entries in to the YNSRA Artwork Competition!

Posted: September 23rd, 2019

Only one week to go before the entries close on 30 September.

If you are an Artist and a Yamatji person with traditional connections to Western Australia’s Mid West region around Geraldton, you are invited to enter.

The winner receives $3000 (inc GST) and the Artwork will be exhibited at a YNSRA event in December at Geraldton. Share your creativity with us and you could be the winner! All you need to do is submit a two dimensional work of art in any medium.

To enter download the Terms and Conditions and Entry Forms at this link and send in your email to with your completed entry form by 30 September.
Submit your finished Artwork by 4pm, Thursday, 17 October.
Good luck to all entrants!

Yamatji On-Country Meeting Postponed

Posted: September 18th, 2019

Please be advised that due to Sorry Business a decision has been made to postpone the Yamatji On-Country meeting until further notice.

YMAC will notify community members and invited guests of new dates once an appropriate date has been identified.

Thank you for your understanding.

First annual Yamatji On-Country Meeting is on 20-21 September, 2019

Posted: September 12th, 2019


The very first annual Yamatji On-Country Meeting is being held at Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation in Geraldton on Friday, 20 September and Saturday, 21 September

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who want discuss social issues affecting them and their community, are invited to this regional gathering that is coordinated by YMAC and facilitated by Bundiyarra.

The event presents an opportunity for people to meet with each other and directly with Members of Parliament and policy makers to raise concerns about the issues affecting them.

Friday, 20 September’s daytime proceedings commence at 9:30am are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders only.

On Saturday, 21 September, public members are invited to attend.

For more information and to RSVP (for catering purposes) contact YMAC’s Geraldton office on 9965 6222.

Pilbara First Nations Women’s Policy Forum

Posted: September 10th, 2019

On Wednesday 25 September First Nations women of the Pilbara are invited to the Pilbara First Nations Women’s Policy Forum in Roebourne. Following the success of the 2018 First Nations Women’s Policy Forum held in Perth, the forum is being organised by the office of Senator Sue Lines to amplify the voices of First Nations women to address issues specifically impacting the Pilbara region and its communities. Guest speakers include Malarndirri McCarthy and Senator for the Northern Territory, and Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians


Book your space by 11 September and click here for further information.

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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