Message from CEO
We’ve had a productive start to the year here at Nyamba Buru Yawuru. Everyone returned to work, despite a short COVID19 lockdown in the south, and country loved the abundant rains we have had this Man-gala. To start the year, we launched our Jalbi Jiya housing program with 8 houses now allocated to successful participants and 6 still available for home ownership. In this crowded housing market, we are happy we can provide a co-equity housing program for Yawuru and the broader Indigenous community in Broome.
Our Yawuru Country Managers have been doing important work protecting our bilarra (wetlands) at Roebuck Plains Station, as well as up-skilling with training workshops. We also had a visit from the Minister, Hon. Paul Papalia interested in the work Yawuru Country Managers are doing and announced funding to protect high visitation areas at Gantheaume Point which have cultural significance to Yawuru people.
Our Yawuru Ngan-ga (language) team have been busy on many Yawuru translations and with schools back Yawuru lessons have commenced. The team have also been actively signing up new members which is wonderful to see. Cultural Services had their first Yawuru Cultural Program and are gearing up for a busy year with Yawuru Cultural Immersions being offered once a month and many Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremonies booked in for the year ahead.
We have had new appointments to our Yawuru Boards. We welcome Benjamin Dolby as Yawuru PBC Chair and Wayne Edgar as Deputy Chair Yawuru PBC. We congratulate Neil Fong for his appointment as Chair Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY), who takes over from David Puertollano, now Deputy Chair NBY. We also welcome Mark Munich to NBY Board. We look forward to collaborating with Benjamin, Wayne, Neil and all our Board members, to ensure the sustainable empowerment of Yawuru culture, Buru (country) and Ngarrungunil (community).
Thomas 'Unda' Edgar, former Yawuru PBC Chair and Neil McKenzie, former Deputy Chair PBC remain as Directors on the Yawuru PBC and will continue to provide guidance and support to Chair Dolby and Deputy Chair Edgar. We thank both Unda and Neil McKenzie for their leadership, commitment and hard work to the Yawuru Group over many years.
Ngaji gurrjin! Benjamin, Wayne and Neil
Wayne Edgar and Benjamin Dolby