Country, Culture, People, Future

Yamatji Regional Committee

Peter Windie

Co-Chairperson, Yamatji Region - Board of Directors, Chairperson - Yamatji Regional Committee

Peter is a Thudgari man who played an integral leadership role in his peoples’ Native Title Determination in 2009. He was also an applicant on the combined Thiin-Mah Warriyangka Tharrkari Jiwarli native title claim, determined in 2019.

Peter lives in Gascoyne Junction in Western Australia, and is a well-respected community leader in the region. In early 2020, he was appointed Director to Pilbara Solar, a renewable energy company which develops commercial renewable energy projects that offer an equity position for Traditional Owners. He is passionate about Country and the depth Aboriginal people are spiritually connected to the land.

Deborah Oakley

Deputy Co-Chairperson, Yamatji Region - Board of Directors, Deputy Chairperson - Yamatji Regional Committee

Deborah is a Malgana woman. She currently works with the Carnarvon Aboriginal Medical Service and looks forward to contributing her cultural knowledge and skills towards her work for the Yamatji Regional Committee and Board of Directors.

Country is very precious to Deborah’s heart. For her, Country goes way back to ancestors and now it is up to the current and younger generations to respect what is here.

Deborah is very active and in her spare time enjoys the outdoors, visiting family and friends, sharing stories of the good old days, singing and dancing and sport, especially football and basketball.

 

 

Revel Oakley Snr

Revel was elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in November 2021. Check back soon for a full profile.

Ben Roberts

Ben is a Thudgari man who lives in Carnarvon. He was instrumental in assisting his community in the work towards their Native Title recognised in 2009. He is involved in the Thudgari People’s Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC), Wyamba.

Ben enjoys fishing, camping and visiting Country with his children and grandchildren.

Ben has served on the Yamatji Regional Committee and the YMAC Board of Directors. He was re-elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in March 2021.

Barry Dodd

Barry Dodd is a Yamatji, Amangu and Nhanagardi man, with ancestry going back to Hill River and Yalgoo. Born in the Mingenew Spring in 1948, he was in Tardun Mission and attended school in Mullewa, Carnarvon, and Geraldton, where he now lives. Barry’s strength, concerns and culture was given to him through many extended families, and his respect for Country and culture. He honours all people’s culture. An active community member, Barry joined YMAC’s Yamatji Regional Committee in November 2021.  This is the second time he has served on the Committee.

Cicily Dowden

Cicily is a Wajarri woman and a resident of Carnarvon. She works as a transport officer for the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation and is a dedicated mother and grandmother.

Cicily is pleased to be a member of the Yamatji Committee so she can work towards her vision for the future. Her aims for the future includes the passing on the knowledge to Aboriginal children to know their culture, language and heritage.

She looks forward to seeing her grandchildren learning their languages from both sides of her family.

In her spare time, Cicily loves gardening and learning about Wajarri Country.

Sharna Oakley

Sharna is a Malgana woman who grew up in Carnarvon. Sharna is pleased to serve as a committee member as it will give her the opportunity to learn more about YMAC’s operations and provide input on issues that matter. As a committee member, Sharna hopes to see the Aboriginal people who are fighting for their land have access given back to them so that the elders can teach the younger generation about the land and its background. June was elected to the committee in 2019, and re-elected in November 2022.

Richard Oakley

Richard is a Malgana man from Carnarvon who is actively involved in his community and has experience working on a variety of boards and committees for community organisations.

Richard has been involved in native title for a long time. Access to Country to be able to pass on lore and culture to is very important to him. Richard would like to see recognition for all Aboriginal people and believes it is important for Aboriginal people unite and work together to protect their culture and Country.

Richard was elected to the Board of Directors and the Yamatji Regional Committee at the Yamatji Annual Regional Meeting on 30th November 2014.

 

Merle Dann

Merle is a Thudgari Traditional Owner with deep roots in her community. She previously served on the YMAC Board of Directors and Yamatji Regional Committee from 2008-2010, from 2012-2014, and was elected back on the Yamatji Regional Committee in November 2016. Merle is passionate about  Aboriginal health, education, housing, and drug and alcohol issues. She is also currently a Director of Kulyamba Aboriginal Corporation.

Albert Winder

Albert is a Malgana man who grew up in Carnarvon and then moved away for about 30 years to live and work in Perth. He recently made the move back to Carnarvon around four years ago.

Albert became a Yamatji Regional Committee member so that he could get involved in Aboriginal matters affecting the community. He was elected as a Director on YMAC’s Board in December 2018.

Tracey Tonga (Edney)

Tracey is a proud Yinggarda, Wadjarri and Banjima woman who has a passion for native title issues within our Aboriginal communities and the Yamatji region. She currently lives and works in Carnarvon and was re-elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in March 2021.

June Pearce

June Pearce is a Wajarri Yamatji woman who lives in Mullewa. She is a claimant of the Wajarri Yamatji claim and custodian of Kardaloo Farm. June has strong knowledge of her Country, she knows her people well and has joined the Yamatji Regional Committee so Mullewa people have representation and a voice.

June’s aspirations and hopes for the future is that everyone comes together as one, not all as different groups. Country means ‘home’ to June. June enjoys reading, swimming and going bush. June was elected onto the Yamatji Regional Committee in November 2019 and re-elected in November 2021.

Lucy May Bulley

Lucy May is a Yingarrda woman, elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in 2021. She is a Director of Kulyamba Aboriginal Corporation and Yinggarda Aboriginal Corporation.

An Aboriginal health worker for many years, Lucy holds qualifications in Nursing, Early Childhood, Community Management and Development, and Aboriginal Health specialising in mental health and counselling.

A mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she is passionate about Country and visiting her traditional lands and advocating for her people’s native title rights.

Gail Belotti

Gail Bellotti is a Malgana/Naaguja woman of the Gascoyne/Murchison region of Western Australia elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in 2021.

Gail has extensive experience and knowledge relating to issues affecting Aboriginal people in the domains of Health, Justice, Education, Employment, Training, Social issues, Cyber safety, Social Media, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, Children, Arts & Culture, Suicide Prevention, and Community Development.

Wayne Evans

Wayne is a Nanda Traditional Owner who resides in Carnarvon, elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in March 2021. He joined the Committee as he wants to help out and be a better person for his community.

Wayne has a Cert III in Horticulture and enjoys gardening and growing gubinge and native fruits, as well as restoring cars and making remote control models.