Country, Culture, People, Future

May 2022

Protect, recognise, and celebrate: New First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance website goes live today!

Posted: May 27th, 2022

YMAC is a proud member of the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance (FNHPA), an important initiative mandated to strengthen and modernise our national cultural heritage laws and create industry reforms that ensure Indigenous cultural heritage is valued and protected for the future.

FNHPA is comprised of a number of organisations representing First Nations peoples from across Australia, including major Native Title, Land Rights, Traditional Owner, and community-controlled organisations. Together, the alliance members aim to build strong partnerships with First Nations peoples and organisations, governments, industry and investor groups, which put First Nations peoples in the driving seat of reform and management of their cultural heritage.

The new website – – is a portal where everyone can access information and resources about FNHPA, its work and opportunities for engagement. As it will be updated regularly, we encourage you to visit the website often to follow these critical efforts.

YMAC recognises National Reconciliation Week

Posted: May 19th, 2022

YMAC is holding multiple virtual breakfast events with its staff to celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2022.

Reconciliation WA is inviting 1 million Australians to join in a virtual breakfast to celebrate NRW.

NRW is recognised as one of the most important historical events related to native title in Australia.

YMAC will bring together its staff in its own events to ensure reconciliation remains recognised as part of native title history.

Anyone can plan to host a breakfast in their organisation, community, school, or even at their own dining room table.

If you would like to find out how please visit National Reconciliation Week 2022.

Northampton COVID Vaccination Clinic

Posted: May 18th, 2022

Free COVID-19 adult, child and booster vaccinations will be available to Northampton residents, at Northampton Hospital at the Day Centre, 103 Stephen St, Northampton, 6535 on Thursday 26 May, 2022.

All people aged 5 and over are eligible to receive their free COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. Walk-in or Book-in Clinic for 1st, 2nd & Booster COVID-19 vaccinations are available.

Click here to book your vaccination

Click here to view the poster and FAQ’s sheet.

Have your Say! Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972

Posted: May 16th, 2022

Changes are proposed to the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act, aiming to maximise opportunities for divestment and increase Aboriginal land ownership and management, economic activity, and improved outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

Consultation is now underway on the proposed changes to the Act, which aim to streamline divestment of Part III reserved lands, replace outdated terms, and clearly define consultation requirements for stakeholders and the Aboriginal Lands Trust.

 If you wish to participate in the consultations in person, the following options are available in YMAC’s representative regions:


24 May 2022: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Master Builders Association of WA

4 Walton Cl, Geraldton


26 May 2022: 11.00am to 1.00pm

Civic Centre – The Woolshed

1 Camel Ln, Carnarvon

You can also participate via an Online Survey or via Email at

For more information on the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, click here

YMAC supports the Uluru Statement

Posted: May 10th, 2022

YMAC is a strong supporter of the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, and is committed to the “call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution”: a critical national issue forming part of the organisation’s broader advocacy work, especially in the lead up to the 2022 Federal Election.

While there have been some assurances made by both major parties already, we must all play our part in keeping the spotlight on the need for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament that is included in the Constitution, and ensuring these stated commitments are delivered.

To show your support, there are several things you can do:

  • Add your name to the iconic Uluru Statement canvas here.
  • Stay informed by visiting websites like and
  • Help to educate others by sharing information on your social media. (You can find some resources available here and here).
  • Write to your Federal MP. (You can search here to find out who that is and their contact information, or you can submit your letter/s via one of the online portals here and/or here).

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act – State Government Co-Design Regional Forums – How to get involved!

Posted: May 9th, 2022

The State Government recently launched its intended co-design process in relation to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 (WA) (ACH Act), to be overseen by its newly appointed reference group. This process will involve consultations regarding the creation of the regulations, statutory guidelines and operational policies associated with the ACH Act, which are yet to be developed.

The first phase of this consultation has already started, with workshops being held in several regional locations, as well as Perth, throughout April and May.

YMAC strongly encourages those who have an interest in this important issue to get directly involved in the State Government’s process.

You can find out more, including how to register for one of their upcoming workshops, here.

Alternatively, you can contact the Department of Planning, Lands, and Heritage directly by emailing

Mobile Screening Mammogram Service – Midwest

Posted: May 5th, 2022

BreastScreen WA’s FREE mobile screening mammogram service will be visiting the Midwest between April and October.

Breast cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer for women and 1 in 7 women in Australia will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is your best protection.

Women 50 to 74 years are invited to have a free screening mammogram at the following locations:

  • Geraldton Hospital, Carpark off Milford Street Geraldton: 13 April – 17 Oct 2022
  • Mullewa Health Service, Elder St Mullewa: 31 May – 1 June 2022
  • Morawa Perenjori Health Service, Caulfield Road Morawa: 2 – 8 June 2022
  • North Midlands District Hospital, Thomas St Three Springs: 9 – 16 June 2022
  • Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, 60 Rifle Range Road, Rangeway: 17 – 28 Oct 2022

All women aged 40 years and over with no breast symptoms are welcome to attend.

For more information or to make your free screening mammogram appointment – book online at BreastScreen WA’s website or call 13 20 50.

Opportunities available for First Nations Young People

Posted: May 4th, 2022

Two free opportunities are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and IndigenousX.

Our Truth Our Way IndigenousX internship (18-35 year olds)

The Our Truth, Our Way Project is a platform for the voices and truth telling of First Nations young people to transform the future. The internship will span 12 months and provide a paid opportunity for eight (8) young First Nations creatives to take the lead in innovative, creative, and collaborative storytelling, to develop their work and critical thinking skills, build networks and collaborate with First Nations industry professionals.

Key dates: 

  • Applications close 16 May 2022
  • Internship begins July 2022

Click here to apply!

For further information, contact ‘Our Truth, Our Way’ Creative Development Managers, Rachael Hocking or Aiesha Saunders


Collective Imagining (16-25 year olds)

FYA will be backing 50 young dreamers to launch a new multi-issue youth movement through the Collective Imaging project. Over the next 24 months, the group of 50 young people will be trained to engage 1,000 young people in creative processes of collectively imagining a different future. FYA will then provide grants and coaching to the young people to run campaigns that bring the vision to life.

The program has a focus on First Nations creatives’, knowledge, and values with trainers from a wide range of mediums.

Key dates: 

  • Applications close Sunday 8 May 2022
  • 27-29 May, 19-21 August 2022 for in person gatherings

Click here to apply!

For further information, contact Laura O’Connell Rapira, Executive Director of Movement Building or via phone on 0424 832 368.

Expression of Interest: ACCO Sector Procurement Workshops

Posted: May 3rd, 2022

The Department of Communities would like to hear from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) to enable a sector-led approach to procurement of housing and homelessness services for Aboriginal people and communities.

To register your interest to attend the workshops and for further information, click here.

Please note ACCO is as defined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The registration of interest will close on Friday 6th May 2022 at 2:30pm.

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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