Dear MAC Members,
After a few months of hard work this year by staff, the Elders, the Board and some of our members, I am extremely proud to see how far MAC has recently progressed as an effective and innovative corporation.
Foremost, MAC has recently restructured parts of the business and staffing in response to our fast-paced progress, growth and in preparation for upcoming works. Congratulations to all with current and new roles, it required strategic input from many and was a team effort. The benefits and results are already starting to show as we become more efficient and effective in day-to-day operations and the management of different bodies of work.
Murujuga Commercial Limited (MCL) is also up and running and making good ground in its final stages of set up and its first projects.
The Business and Employment Development Unit has also successfully started working closely with a number of new partners to provide work and training to our members and is fast becoming a key community engagement platform with members and industry partners.
And an important reminder to all, as we start to see the change in season on country and in the weather, our annual influx of tourists and visitors will start to arrive. Australia and the world are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and we must remain vigilant and follow safe hygiene and social distancing practices to stay healthy and safe.
Together we can look after each other and stay as safe as possible.
Ngayintharri gumawarni ngurrangga.
CEO, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation
Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed on country
MAC was honoured to meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week and welcomed him on country as he toured Karratha to view Yara Pilbara’s future Renewable Hydrogen project site.
The Renewable Hydrogen project between Yara Pilbara and global energy company ENGIE has been successful in receiving $995,000 funding from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to conduct feasibility studies around the design of a “green” hydrogen plant. This means it’s produced sustainably with no carbon dioxide or other toxic emissions, along with CO2-free ammonia.
Yara Pilbara and MAC have been successfully working together to find new ways for industry to carefully protect our local heritage and culture and meaningfully engage with MAC to ensure positive outcomes for all involved.
Circle of Elders visit to Dampier Salt Limited
Our Circle of Elders visited Dampier Salt Limited (DSL) recently to reconnect with rock art along the local valley. This visit represented an important step in working towards sharing the history and renaming of the highly significant heritage sites within the Dampier Salt lease. This was the first time the Circle of Elders have ever visited an industrial operation.
Pansy Hicks, Lawrence Kerr, Tootsie Daniel, Jimmy Horace, Peter Cooper, Poppa Tim Douglas and Tim’s daughter Lorice attended and were joined by MAC Chairperson Vince Adams and Cultural Advisor Patrick Churnside.
Poppa Tim sung and clapped songlines until the group stopped adjacent to Mulga Art. He had been teaching a particular songline sighted there to loremakers and this was the first time he had seen the pictorial form in real life.
‘It’s real, it’s real!’ he exclaimed with passion and belief.
For MAC and the Circle of Elders, this trip was a significant milestone towards the removal of barriers to enable access and preservation, protection and sharing of our country and culture for future generations. We are delighted that our Elders found such joy in visiting and sharing their stories and are excited for the new future we are working to create with Dampier Salt Limited.
Senator Sue Lines tours Murujuga National Park
Senator Sue Lines and her team accompanied opposition Leader Anthony Albanese to Karratha recently to learn about Murujuga culture and heritage and meet some the MAC team. MAC Rangers escorted the group on country to tour Murujuga National Park and see some of our ancient rock art. They then boarded the Murujuga Land & Sea Unit patrol boat ‘Topaz’ for the first sea patrol of the season.
Patrolling some of the local islands on the Dampier Archipelago, the group visited potential locations for the puerulus trapping trials scheduled for late April 2021, which is a project in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
The rangers have recently participated in a range of events including ANZAC Day events, Youth Week at Hearsons Cove, Culture Day at Baynton West Primary School, staff development workshops and a cultural exchange workshop.
Business & Employment Development Unit (BEDU)
The Business and Employment Development Unit (BEDU) recently attended a Woodside stakeholder meeting in Perth to initiate potential partnerships and contacts arising in the near future.
Working to assist MAC relevant members and business with industry partnerships and opportunities, the BEDU is available for employment and business support and queries.
Click here to contact Carly Blackney, Business & Employment Liaison Officer.
Business After Hours event
The Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KDCCI) partnered with MAC, Yara, Pilbara Regiment and KBSS Engineering to host a very successful Business After Hours event on 31 March 2021 with over 220 local business personnel attending.
We’d like to say a huge thanks to Yara for inviting us to join them in hosting this event and to everyone involved in making is such a memorable evening.
MAC CEO Peter Jeffries and Project Director Travis McNaught presented an update on many of MAC’s current projects and initiatives, and the BEDU team used the opportunity to network with local businesses and discuss future opportunities for MAC members.
Industry & Community News
The Boola Bardip Museum is offering free admission until approximately June 2022. The museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm and entry is free, but it’s best to book free tickets online to avoid long waits.
The exhibition 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 exhibition also displays realistic projections of petroglyphs onto man-made rocks within the museum.
The City of Karratha are holding rhyme time and story time at local libraries in Dampier, Karratha, Wickham and Roebourne for children aged 0 to 5 until December 2021.
Learn how to support young people making career decisions: A Department of Education information evening for parents on Monday 17 May, 6pm–7pm.
MAC Member Reminders
Upcoming Public Holidays:
- Monday 26 April (ANZAC Day observed)
- Monday 7 June (Western Australia Day)
MAC members have until 30 June 2021 to apply for a once-off Special General Grocery Supplement in the form of a Coles or Woolworths grocery card. This special initiative will assist our members in accessing essential goods such as food and toiletries. Email us for further information.
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