Country, Culture, People, Future

November 2022

Thoughts wanted on IPA program

Posted: November 29th, 2022

Operating for more than 23 years, the Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) program is built on a community-led approach to caring for Country and keeping culture strong.

The Aboriginal-owned organisation Ninti One is talking to people across Australia to find out what people think of the IPA program to enhance its future design and funding decisions.

Learn more about the evaluation in a video from Professor Tom Calma.

Surveys close Monday, 9 January 2023. A community report with key findings will be made public by the National Indigenous Australians Agency later next year. For more details, email

Boost for Gascoyne region as Carnarvon office opens doors

Posted: November 28th, 2022

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation’s (YMAC) new Carnarvon office celebrated its official opening on 25 November.

Located at 4 Francis Street, the new office is designed to support YMAC members and Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) in the Gascoyne region. Read the media release.

YMAC Co-Chairperson – Yamatji Region, Mr Peter Windie, and YMAC Yamatji Regional Manager Chris Dann officially open the Carnarvon office.

Community meeting for Badimia language project

Posted: November 21st, 2022

Calling all Badimia Elders, families and individuals – the Bundiyarra Irra Wangga Language Centre wants to hear from you.

A community meeting is being held from 9am-5pm, Wednesday, 30 November, and Thursday, 1 December, at Mt Magnet’s Recreation Centre to develop an online Badimia language learning portal. Catering is provided.

The Badimia language is falling into disuse and considered severely endangered. This project aims to document the language so it can live on through the generations. Download the information flyer to read more.

For more information, call 08 9920 7900, email or visit their Facebook page.

Badimia language graphic

Mid West workshops on ACH Act

Posted: November 19th, 2022

Three government-run workshops on the proposed guidelines for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 will be held in the Mid West in late November and early December:

  • Geraldton: 10am-2.30pm, Monday, 28 November, Batavia Coast Conference Centre, The Gerald Apartment Hotel, Level 1, 25 Cathedral Avenue.
  • Meekatharra: 10.30am-2pm, Wednesday, 30 November, Town Hall, 54 Main Street.
  • Mt Magnet: 10am-2pm, Thursday, 1 December, ANZAC Hall, corner Hepburn and Naughton Streets.

A Statewide, online-only session will also be held 9am-1.30pm, Thursday, 1 December.

The workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss the proposed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Code, which details a required due diligence assessment and proposed activity and consultation guidelines that will set the standard for engaging First Nations people about their cultural heritage in the new act.

Another key discussion point relates to setting levels for ground-disturbance activities that could cause harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage to determine whether an approval would be required (and whether it should be a permit or more comprehensive management plan).

With the introduction of the new heritage laws for Western Australia scheduled to take place in 2023, this is a critical opportunity to provide feedback on these important documents. YMAC encourages people to attend to have their voices heard.

Register for the workshops for catering purposes. Morning tea is provided beforehand, along with a working lunch.

New Pilbara office boosts YMAC’s presence in the region

Posted: November 17th, 2022

It’s official – Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) has celebrated the official opening of a new Hedland office on 17 November.

Located at 8 Manganese Street in Wedgefield (Port Hedland), it’s the first time YMAC has owned an office building in the Pilbara after leasing premises for two decades. Read the media release.

PhD opportunity in Indigenous-led management of Sea Country

Posted: November 16th, 2022

Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute is looking for a PhD researcher to work on the Indigenous-led management of Sea Country in projects across the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.

The aim is to support the building of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous marine and fisheries managers to address critical knowledge gaps and improve the visibility, equity and outcomes of Sea Country management.

Candidates should have existing expertise and experience in partnering with Indigenous communities in conservation planning, land and sea management, protected area governance, fisheries management, MPA (marine protected area) management, anthropology or policy.

Applications close 16 December but candidates are asked to email to discuss their research interests by 24 November. Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stolen Generation and Victims of Institutional Abuse Compensation – Geraldton information sessions being held this week

Posted: November 15th, 2022

Community information sessions about Stolen Generation and Victims of Institutional Abuse Compensation are being held in Geraldton this week.

The sessions are being run by Harrow Legal, who will have their team available to both provide an overview of this work and to privately meet with individuals for interviews. (Noting, all information and details shared are private and confidential.)

Both sessions are being held at the Mitchell Street Community Centre (Mitchell Street, Spalding):

Wednesday, 16 November

12.00pm Lunch & Overview

1.00pm -4.00pm Harrow Legal Team available

Thursday, 17 November

10.00am Overview & Lunch

1.00pm-4.00pm Harrow Legal Team available

For further information, please contact: Ken Hayward on 0415436074; Charmaine Green or Lennelle Papertalk on 08 9956 0200 (during business hours).

Mid West Gascoyne people needed for Aboriginal Water and Environmental Advisory Group

Posted: November 10th, 2022

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is calling for expressions of interest from Aboriginal people in the Mid West Gascoyne region to join its Aboriginal Water and Environmental Advisory Group.

Established in 2018, the group was designed to ensure First Nations knowledge, values and needs are considered and addressed across DWER strategies, programs and planning when managing WA’s environment and water resources.

The group meets four times a year – once in Perth and three times in a regional location. Expenses for travel and accommodation are paid by DWER. Members not receiving a salary elsewhere can receive $500 a day when preparing for and attending all-day meetings.

Applicants must have knowledge that includes Aboriginal land and sea management – expressions of interest close 30 November. For any questions, call Marianne Yrke on 6364 6697 or email

Have your say on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 co-design

Posted: November 4th, 2022

The State Government is calling for comment on regulations and guidelines in relation to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 (ACH Act).

Passed in December 2021, despite significant objections from Traditional Owners, the new act does not meet the threshold of free, prior and informed consent – and the final decision concerning contested Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plans lies with the Aboriginal Affairs Minister.

Although the bill has been passed, the State is now engaged in consultation regarding the act’s regulations and guidelines, embarking on phase three this month. Read YMAC’s submissions for phase one and phase two.

Workshops are being held across Western Australia in a variety of locations during November and December. Register for one of workshops described below.

Across Western Australia

  • State-wide online session – Thursday, 1 December, 9am-1.30pm

Mid West

  • Geraldton – Batavia Coast Conference Centre, The Gerald Apartment Hotel, Level 1/25 Cathedral Avenue – Monday, 28 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Meekatharra – Town Hall, 54 Main Street – Wednesday 30 November, 9.30am-2pm
  • Mt Magnet – ANZAC Hall, corner Hepburn and Naughton Streets – Thursday, 1 December, 10am- 2pm


  • Punmu – Punmu Community – Monday, 14 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Newman – The Seasons Hotel, 77 Newman Drive – Tuesday, 15 November, 10.30am-2.30pm
  • Port Hedland – Jimblebar room, Wangankura Stadium, Hamilton Road – Wednesday, 16 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Roebourne – NYFL Ngurin Cultural Centre, 38 Roe Street – Monday, 5 December, 9am-1.30pm
  • Onslow – Buurabalayji Thalanyji office, 569 Beadon Creek Road – Tuesday, 6 December 9.30am-2.30pm
  • Karratha – Studios A+B, Red Earth Arts Precinct, 27 Welcome Road – Wednesday, 7 December, 9.30am-2.30pm


  • Carnarvon – Gwoonwardu Mia, 146 Robinson Street – Monday, 21 November 10am-2.30pm
  • Shark Bay – Recreation Centre, Francis Road – Wednesday, 23 November, 10am-2.30pm


  • Broome – Mangrove Hotel, 47 Carnarvon Street – Monday, 14 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Ardyaloon – Ardyaloon Community – Tuesday, 15 November, 9.30am-2pm
  • Bidyadanga – Bidyadanga Community – Wednesday, 16 November, 9.30am-2pm
  • Derby – Council Chambers, 31 Claredon Street – Monday, 21 November, 9.30am-2pm
  • Fitzroy Crossing – Fitzroy River Lodge, 277 Great Northern Highway – Tuesday, 22 November 9.30am-2pm
  • Halls Creek – Civic Hall, 173 Great Northern Highway – Wednesday, 23 November 9.30am-2pm
  • Kununurra – MG Corp Boardroom, 19 Chestnut Avenue – Thursday, 24 November 11am-3pm


  • Kalgoorlie – Quality Inn Railway Motel, 33-51 Forrest Street – Monday, 14 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Warburton – Boardroom, Ngaanyatjarra Lands School, Community College – Tuesday, 15 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Norseman – Shire of Dundas Meeting Room, 88-92 Prinsep Street, Norseman – Wednesday 16 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Esperance – Esperance Lotteries House, 3 Forrest Street – Thursday, 17 November 9.30am-2pm
  • Leonora – CRC Community Meeting Room, 60 Tower Street – Monday, 21 November, 12pm-4.30pm
  • Laverton – CRC Community Meeting Room, Augusta Street – Tuesday, 22 November, 10am-2.30pm

Great Southern

  • Albany – Retravision Stadium, 156 Lockyer Avenue – Monday, 28 November, 9.30am-2pm
  • Katanning – Katanning Leisure Centre, Off Pemble Street – Tuesday, 29 November 10am-2.30pm

Peel, South West and Wheatbelt

  • Busselton – Youth and Communities Activity Building, 21 Foreshore Parade – Monday, 5 December, 10am-2.30pm
  • Moora – Council Chambers, 34 Padbury Street – Monday, 5 December, 10.30am-2.30pm
  • Northam – Bilya Koort Boodja Round Room, 2 Grey Street – Tuesday, 6 December, 10am-2.30pm
  • Bunbury – South West Italian Club, 13-19 White Street – Tuesday, 6 December, 10am-2.30pm
  • Mandurah – Mandurah Bowling Club, 89 Allnut Street – Wednesday, 7 December, 10.30am-3pm

Perth Metropolitan

  • Midland – Crooked Spire Café Revolution Room, 71 Victoria Street – Monday, 28 November 10am-2.30pm
  • Armadale – Champion Centre, 78 Champion Street – Tuesday, 29 November, 10am-2.30pm
  • Perth – Scarborough Room, Novotel Murray Street, Level 1/388 Murray Street – Wednesday, 30 November, 10am-2pm
  • Perth – Scarborough Room, Novotel Murray Street, Level 1/388 Murray Street – Saturday, 3 December, 10am-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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