Dear MAC Members,
While working with various organisations and groups in the area during NAIDOC Week, the theme ‘Healing Country’ sparked a deep reflection on how we as a corporation are seeking greater protection for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.
I’m proud to say Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is leading the way in doing exactly this – healing our country. From our efforts to gain World Heritage status for Murujuga, assisting with the addition of local native plants added to the WA Herbarium, and by hosting rock art tours, we’ve not only been creating awareness but driving action.
It’s truly an exciting time to be part of Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.
Our efforts to attain World Heritage status have taken us on country to many different meeting points and for a range of special events, to meet and yarn with our community and members, and gain their input and historic stories that will help strengthen our heritage nomination.
To everyone contributing, and making a concerted effort to help MAC achieve in one way or another – thank you. Together we are making a real difference and its being noticed by many. Keep up the great effort all round.
Ngayintharri gumawarni ngurrangga.
Partnership leads to a world-leading approach
Announced by the Minister for Environment, Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA, a new contract to continue the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program will also assist MAC in progressing its application for UNESCO World Heritage List status for Murujuga National Park.
The world-leading scientifically rigorous approach will be delivered by Calibre Ventures Pty Ltd, with technical experts from Curtin University, Art Care and ChemCentre, to monitor, analyse and manage the rock art. The program will be overseen by Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in partnership with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.
A key objective of the program is to learn if human activities are causing a decline in the condition of the rock art.
Conceptual models have been developed that outline the current understanding of the Murujuga Rock Art system, to inform monitoring studies of the rock art and assist the development of Environmental Quality Management Frameworks. Read our brochure here.
For more detailed information, read our Murujuga Rock Art Strategy here.
Thank you to the State Government and the funding partners, Woodside, Rio Tinto and Yara Pilbara, for supporting this project.
For more information about Calibre’s official appointment visit here.
Combatting graffiti at Murujuga National Park
Unfortunately, graffiti is becoming an increasing issue at Murujuga National Park. This is deeply concerning for everyone at Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation to see this happening on country, especially as it shows a lack of respect and understanding of the remaining Murujuga Rock Art.
In an effort to combat graffiti, Pilbara Ports Authority Heritage Specialist Robert Brock has been delivering training to our MAC Rangers to help identify, record and manage graffiti.
The training includes safe techniques to remove different types of graffiti, as well as how to mask scratchings, ensuring it blends in with the natural rock surface using oxide pigments.
Working with the Pilbara Ports Authority was an excellent opportunity for MAC rangers to collaborate, knowledge-share and upskill.
The Graffiti Management Training ensures we can keep Murujuga National Park and our culturally significant artworks protected from vandalism.
We have increased monitoring in the area, however please assist MAC Rangers by reporting suspicious behaviour immediately to Patrick Churnside by email or by calling 9144 4112.
Increasing baby crayfish numbers
MAC’s Land & Sea Unit has been working with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to collect baby crayfish, known as Puerulus for research purposes.
Together, MAC and the DPIRD are discovering the best environmental conditions to increase baby crayfish numbers. This includes water conditions and locations.
Thanks to our MAC Ranger, Dale, who has great diving skills, we safely caught our first baby crayfish – and its mother by the look and size of it – who was carefully released back into the ocean.
Some of the rangers also got to practice their skipper skills and drive Topaz, our special custom-made sea boat – a great day out on sea country with the team!
Industry & Community News
The Boola Bardip Museum
The Boola Bardip Museum continues to offer free admission until approximately June 2022 into the current exhibition featuring breathtaking panoramic scans of Murujuga land and sea country to help educate the public about the richness of our culture.
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.
We've recently experienced a number of power outages at Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation. We apologise for any inconveniences. For any power outage updates, please follow our Facebook page.
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