Country, Culture, People, Future

January 2020

Closing the Gap reforms identified

Posted: January 29th, 2020

The Coalition of Peaks has released a snapshot summary of the engagements on a new national agreement on Closing the Gap. It is called the Coalition of Peaks Community Engagement Snapshot.

The content of the summary is a result of nearly 1700 respondents to an online survey; and more than 2300 individuals attending meetings that were held in cities, regional towns and remote communities in every state and territory. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled Coalition of Peaks ran the engagement during 2019, in partnership with governments.

Reform priorities identified from the consultation included:

  1. Developing formal partnerships between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Closing the Gap
  2. Growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services
  3. Improving mainstream service delivery

A fourth reform priority proposed to governments is governments the development of local data projects, led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.

A comprehensive report on the engagements is being finalised and will be made public as soon as possible.


YMAC Congratulates Staff Achievement

Posted: January 27th, 2020

As an organisation, YMAC has always been proud of the achievements of staff.  We’d like to start off the year by congratulating Kirst Anderson on two recent achievements. 

Kirsty will be known to many as YMAC’s Heritage Manager for the last two years.  In December 2019 Kirsty was appointed YMAC’s Acting Director of Projects.  This new role involves leading staff responsible for much of YMAC’s service provision to PBCs and Aboriginal Corporations, including in the areas of governance and Executive office services, Land Administration, Land and Sea Management Programs, and Heritage Services.

In January, Kirsty Anderson was awarded a highly sought-after scholarship from Curtin University, being a recipient of the Women in MBA (WIMBA) scholarship for embarking on a Masters of Business Administration.  WIMBA is a merit-based scholarship awarded to women who have a record of exceptional academic achievement, are on track for a career in senior or executive management, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and a focus on community and social outcomes.

Kirsty will balance the MBA with full-time work at YMAC.

“I am proud and humbled to be a recipient of this scholarship program and I would like to thank the Curtin Graduate School of Business and Law and YMAC for their support and faith in my skills and prospects,” Kirsty said.


Have Your Say on WA’s native vegetation.

Posted: January 24th, 2020

Western Australians are invited to have their say on initiatives to support improved management of the State’s native vegetation.

The Native Vegetation in Western Australia issues paper proposes four initiatives aimed at providing better protection for vegetation where it is most needed and help streamline assessment processes:

  • a State Native Vegetation Policy
  • better information, including mapping and monitoring
  • improved regulatory processes
  • a regionally-tailored approach

There are two other ways we can provide comments and feedback:

You have until 10 February to provide feedback on the issues paper.

The consultation feedback will inform a draft policy, which is set to be released in April 2020 for further public comment. The final policy is due to be completed mid-2020.

For more information click here

National Treaties Summit 2020

Posted: January 21st, 2020


Early bird discounted are currently available to attend the National Treaties Summit 2020, being held in Melbourne in April.

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), the National Native Title Council (NNTC) and Melbourne Law School are organising the National Treaties Summit 16-18 April 2020, hosted at University of Melbourne.

The three day Summit will be a landmark gathering of First Nations representatives, academics, politicians and supporters to engage in a national dialogue of agreement-making and Treaty. With an expected 700 delegates, the Summit is a chance to compare and share experiences from different jurisdictions, to explore international experience and to contribute to the momentum of Treaty and agreement-making.

Early bird discounted registration is available until early Feb 2020.

For more info, see the NTS website:


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.

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