Country, Culture, People, Future


YMAC Annual Report 2019 and Highlights 2018/19 now available

Posted: November 1st, 2019











YMAC’s Annual Report 2019 and Highlight 2018/19 are both available to download from this website.

Copies of each publication are being posted to members and additional copies are available also at YMAC offices.

Congratulations to Pilbara Aboriginal Voice Co-Chairs – appointed to WAAAC

Posted: October 30th, 2019


Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) wishes to congratulate Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurrka Muri) (PAV) Co-Chairs, Danny Brown and Linda Dridi, on their recently announced appointments to the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC).

The WAAAC is a statutory board under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, and will play a key role in working with the State Government on priorities, including the development of an Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, Closing the Gap, Aboriginal youth suicide and reducing incarceration of Aboriginal people in custody.

Both Danny and Linda have been working with the other interim members of this group since February of this year, advising the State Government on how it can better engage with Aboriginal communities to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to decisions being made that affect them, developing a Terms of Reference and suitable structure to achieve its objectives.

YMAC commends the PAV Co-Chairs for their work to-date representing the Pilbara region at this level, and looks forward to continuing to support them in our capacity as acting secretariat for PAV to see the positive outcomes they accomplish in future as members of the WAAAC.

2019 Annual Regional Meetings

Posted: October 28th, 2019

YMAC’s 2019 Annual Regional Meetings are being held in November and are for all YMAC members to attend.

The meetings are a great opportunity to meet up with other YMAC members, hear about the work we have done over the last 12 months and have your say about important issues.

The Pilbara Annual Regional Meeting is on Friday, 1 November 2019. It will be held in the JD Hardie Centre, Cottier Drive, South Hedland.

The Yamatji Annual Regional Meeting is on Saturday, 30 November 2019 and will be located in the Town Hall, 8 Jose Street, Mullewa.

Both meetings will commence at 9:30am Sharp.

Pilbara members are asked to please RSVP to the Port Hedland office – 9160 3800

Yamatji members please contact the Geraldton office to confirm your attendance – 6552 6222.

If you can’t attend, we encourage proxies. For further information on proxies, please refer to the Annual Regional Meeting package mailed to all members, or contact your nearest YMAC office.

Lunch will be catered.

YMAC is not funded to pay travel allowance for the attendance of members at this meeting.

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.

YMAC 25 Year Anniversary Special Publication

Posted: August 16th, 2019


YMAC’s 25th Anniversary special publication: 25 Years Creating a Strong Future for Yamatji and Marlpa People and Country, is available to download now here