Welcome to our MAC newsletter for December.
As the end of the year arrives, I want to take the time to reflect on the last 12 months – as it has certainly been more eventful than we could ever have anticipated.
I definitely consider 2020 to have been a year of achievement for MAC.
One of our biggest success stories is the Murujuga Cultural Landscape being officially added to Australia’s Tentative World Heritage List which means so much to our people and will protect our heritage and country.
The submission was a collective effort achieved between MAC and the State Government, in collaboration with the Australian Government and stakeholders. In 2021 and beyond, we will continue the nomination process through to UNESCO World Heritage List status.
We also revealed to the world Australia’s first underwater Aboriginal archaeological site discovery on Murujuga sea country.
This turned heads around the globe and shone a light on the importance of protecting our heritage, land, sea and culture – in particular for areas that may have development or construction planned.
The relaunch of the MAC Ranger Program has also been inspiring to be a part of, as we work closely with the Circle of Elders to best manage our land and share our knowledge.
The rangers are performing their duties to an excellent standard and we will continue to develop the program and release its full potential next year.
Nganjarli officially reopened and is proving to be very popular with locals and visitors alike. It is the first recreational construction on our National Park and in 2021 we will see major progress on the new Murujuga Tourism Program and Living Centre come to fruition.
Even with Coronavirus (COVID-19) taking the wind out of our sails temporarily and changing the way we operate, there were still a number of positives that emerged for MAC this year due to the pandemic.
The collaboration opportunities, community initiatives and most importantly the resilience of our members, staff and community partners got us through some very hard days and grew new relationships based on caring, trust and understanding. These are moments in time I am thankful we were all in it together.
There are also many more stories of success, strength and genuine care that I look forward to sharing with you when we next see each other.
For now, from the bottom of my heart I thank each of you for the part you play every day in protecting our people, heritage and country. We are only as strong as the people standing next to us – and I am very glad to have our members standing side by side with us every day this year, fighting for our values and what we believe in.
As MAC grows stronger and more strategic in everything we do, in the New Year I encourage you to step up and take part in any new opportunities that arise.
We are working to achieve positive cultural and economic outcomes, and I promise that the more you participate, the more valuable our work will be.
Ngayintharri gumawarni ngurrangga and stay safe.
CEO, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation
WA Museum Boola Bardip
Several MAC staff members recently visited the grand opening of WA Museum Boola Bardip.
The exhibition allows visitors to experience Murujuga for themselves through realistic projections of petroglyphs onto man-made rocks within the museum. The exhibition also features breathtaking panoramic scans of Murujuga land and sea country and plays an important role in educating the public about the richness of our culture.
The museum is offering free admission until approximately June 2022. Click here to book online now.
NAIDOC Week events
Staff from MAC had a great time participating in the local NAIDOC events which included attending;
- Welcome to Country breakfast at Woodside and Yara
- Market stalls at REAP for IBN NAIDOC celebrations
- Karratha Senior High School on the green NAIDOC celebration
Thank you to those who were involved in the logistics of setting up the events and recognising the importance of NAIDOC week.
NAIDOC 2020 - Always Was, Always Will Be.
Murujuga Community Bird Watching Event
On Saturday 31 October, MAC co-hosted a free community bird event with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service, Woodside Energy, Yara Pilbara and Pilbara Ports Authority.
Over 40 participants enjoyed three different tours around Hearson Cove (two focused on bird watching with guides from the Broome Bird Observatory, and one focused on a mini 30 minute guided tour at Nganjarli).
Our offices are closed from Monday 21 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.
If you have an urgent enquiry or emergency during the holiday break, please call our office on 08 9144 4112 and follow the answering message prompts.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and progressive passage into the New Year.
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