YMAC Project Timeline

First Approach

This stage is about making introductions, making a plan to get to know one another and aligning the Renewable Energy Developer’s (RED) vision for the project with the Prescribed Body Corporate’s (PBC) vision for People, Country, and Culture.

Time here is well spent as it can streamline the process and impact the cost of Pre-Feasibility in a positive way.

Getting to know one another

  • Introductions and the exchange of ideas is the first opportunity for collaboration, relationship-building, building trust and cultural awareness.
  • Early and ongoing consultation is the key to establishing a respectful relationship and a social licence to operate. It’s also a great first step in understanding how to achieve Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) throughout the project, though no formal consents are provided at this stage.

Organising the site visit

The RED makes contact to organise a meeting with the PBC to talk about the project and seek approval to have the meeting on or near the proposed site on Country.
The site visit may occur in the Pre-Feasibility (stage 2), or other stage appropriate to the particular project, and its purpose is to:
  • assess resources and knowledge gathered prior to the site visit
  • determine if it’s the right type of project, aligns with the TO’s vision and fits the landscape
  • get a clear idea of what it would it look like on Country, including infrastructure
  • consider requirements for ‘exclusion zones’ at this early stage and the need for expert advisers.

Preparing for the conversation

  • What information does the RED share with the PBC about the RED e.g., corporate structure, culture, and project credentials?
  • What does the RED know about the Country and the Traditional Owners? Would Cultural Awareness Training be appropriate prior to the site visit?
  • Who has the legal and cultural authority?
  • What is the capacity of the PBC to evaluate opportunities and risks at the early stages? Identify capacity building requirements.
  • What are the economic participation options for the PBC?
  • Is expert advice needed by the PBC prior to and/or during the site visit?
  • Initial Land discussions e.g., Does the proposed area cover un-surveyed Country - which could be thousands of square kilometres depending on the project’s scale.

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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Best Practice Guide

  • This Best Practice Guide has been developed for use by Traditional Owners, Renewable Energy Developers, Government and Industry.
  • This timeline is designed as a ‘big picture’ framework for a renewable energy project. Its intention is to support a Best Practice approach by all parties involved in a project.
  • All projects are different, and the timeline is not intended to be a perfect fit for a project That is for any project stages may occur or commence at different times or not be required. Some stages are linear, and others may occur in whole or part concurrently. Each stage incorporates considerations for other stages, as relevant to a project.
  • The Timeline is a GUIDE ONLY.