Country, Culture, People, Future


Young didgeridoo players shine at Rangeway Primary School

Posted: April 29th, 2015

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For the last three years, students at Rangeway Primary School in Geraldton have been learning to play the didgeridoo at school through a music program started by music and arts teacher George Scicluna.

Didgeridoo players Robert Tester and Rolan Deutokom have been taking time out of their regular work days  to teach the students for an hour a week, and it is clear the practice is paying off. Last year, the students opened up the Reconciliation Concert at the local Queens Park Theatre, supporting Archie Roach (see video below) and played in front of thousands at the local Football Finals.

The program has gained funding from local mining groups and worked collaboratively with the local Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation to put on workshops and performances. Goerge Scicluna reports that they are now in the second phase of planning where they are helping other schools to engage and become part of the program.

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Join Bundiyarra in commemorating the ANZAC spirit

Posted: March 27th, 2015

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Bundiyarra camp gallipoli invite flyer

Australian Bureau of Statistics is coming to Geraldton

Posted: February 25th, 2015

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Over the next few weeks, interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the City of Greater Geraldton area.

The interviewees are an important part of the 11,500 sample of people randomly selected to participate in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) across Australia.

The aim of NATSISS is to measure the progress of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the survey was last conducted in 2008. The survey covers a broad range of topics, such as experiences of homelessness, access to services, and health; and is used to inform policy and funding decisions around programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

For more information visit the ABS.

Exhibition at Bundiyarra honours Aboriginal military service in the Midwest and Gascoyne

Posted: June 18th, 2014

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Bundiyarra exhibition NAIDOC 2014

Free online training at the Geraldton Digital Hub

Posted: May 12th, 2014

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As part of their Digital Hub the City of Greater Geraldton will be holding free interactive training sessions to learn about the internet. The sessions will take participants through a step-by-step to discover the online world. The sessions available are group sessions and maximum numbers are between 6-8 on each session. Book soon to avoid missing out.

For more information visit the Digital Hub Website here or call the Digital Hub on (08) 99656749.

Durack Institute of Technology Class of 2013

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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On Friday 28th March, Durack Institute of Technology held its annual ceremony for the graduating students and award winners at Geraldton Grammar School.

The Class of 2013 saw almost 2000 students graduate with from  a range of courses with graduates coming from towns across the west coast including Geraldton, Carnarvon and Exmouth.

As part of the celebrations a number of awards were presented to students, including the Aboriginal Student of the Year Award. Among four finalist Regina Richardson was named the winner of the 2013 Rio Tinto Aboriginal Student of the Year.

Congratulations to Regina and all the 2013 Graduates from Durack Institute of Technology.

For more information the Durack Institute of Technology visit their website.

Free Into Business workshops

Posted: March 14th, 2014

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Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) are holding free Into Business workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are interested in turning a business idea into reality.

Over a series of three self-paced workshops you will have the opportunity to assess whether your idea can be developed into a commercially viable business.

The Into Business one-day workshops are held several weeks apart and cover the following broad topics:
Workshop A – your business idea, goals and expectations
Workshop B – marketing and managing your business
Workshop C – financial planning and management.

The next workshop A’s are at:

  • Carnarvon – 18 March 2014 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Geraldton – 19 March 2014 – 8:30am – 4:30pm     

For future dates and further information please contact Indigenous Business Australia on  1800 107 107 or visit


Yamatji Arts showcase

Posted: March 7th, 2014

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Geraldton’s ACDC Gallery is preparing for chock-a-block year ahead.

They’ve kicked things off last month with the Yamatji Arts showcase displaying brilliant work of some of the Midwest’s Aboriginal Artists. On display are paintings, baskets and beautiful decorative pieces from a wide range of artists.

The Yamatji Arts showcase will be running until 15th March at the ACDC Gallery located at 33 Marine Tce in Geraldton. For more information on this and other upcoming exhibits click here to visit their facebook page.

YMAC holiday shutdown and heritage survey break

Posted: December 9th, 2013

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YMAC’s Board of Directors, Regional Committee, Management and Staff wish you a happy, healthy holiday.

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For many Aboriginal Communities in the Midwest and Pilbara, December to January is a special time of year to observe cultural obligations and practices.
Out of respect for these traditions, YMAC will not be conducting any heritage surveys between Monday 16 December 2013 and Monday 3 February 2014.
Any heritage survey requests received after 16 December will be scheduled to commence after 3 February.
Thank you for your understanding.
All YMAC offices in Perth, Geraldton, South Hedland and Tom Price will be closed during the festive season from Monday 23rd December 2013, re-opening on Thursday 2 January 2014.


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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