Welcome to our members’ newsletter for June. Our first MAC newsletter in April had a great response and proved to be a very useful way to touch base with members and keep them informed. We are so glad you enjoyed reading it and found the information helpful.
Firstly, I would like to thank all MAC members, staff and the wider community who are continuing to look after one another during the challenging times the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought upon us. It is of the utmost importance that we all stay informed, act responsibly and look after each other.
The MAC office is open and it’s business as usual, however we are maintaining operations in line with Government guidelines and assessing visitor needs accordingly. We appreciate your patience and support during this time.
Many projects have quickly progressed over the past few months which is so humbling to see and be a part of. I have had the pleasure in announcing approved funding for rock art research, been a part of numerous COVID-19 support programs to best look after our members, signed off on the Karratha car and boat wash land lease, and I am excited to soon make a marine research discovery announcement – which you’ll be the first to hear about very soon.
While there is so much happening around the world, please know we are continuing at a rapid pace in many areas of the organisation that will pave the way for a bright future.
Ngayintharri gumawarni ngurrangga and stay safe.
CEO, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation
Murujuga World Heritage Listing nomination update
Works continue by MAC and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to progress a World Heritage nomination for Murujuga. Since the August 2018 announcement that World Heritage listing would be pursued for Murujuga, several significant steps were taken to advance the nomination.
Throughout 2019, with assistance from the Murujuga Heritage Committee, Interagency Taskforce and World Heritage Advisor, MAC and DBCA worked together to develop a submission supporting the addition of Murujuga Cultural Landscape to the World Heritage Tentative list. It was approved by the MAC Board State Government in late 2019 and transmitted by the Australian Government to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in January 2020.
Patrick Churnside, Murujuga Cultural Advisor
A Traditional Owner from the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Language Groups, Patrick has a diverse role at Murujuga providing advice and insight on heritage, land and culturally sensitive matters.
Whether Patrick is out on the land working alongside the traditional owners, elders and rangers or liaising with stakeholders, he carefully supports the overall objectives of MAC and acknowledges the importance of his role as a key facilitator and representative for many members.
Patrick is also heavily involved in performing arts and culture. To him, arts and culture is about connection and community. It’s a way of life and a sense of identity where he aims to be a positive role model and mentor to family members and his community.
Thank you, Patrick, for everything you do for MAC and our members.
Image: Left - Right Patrick Churnside, German Ambassador Dr Anna Prinz & Conrad Aubrey
MAC member reminders
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POSITION VACANT: MAC Land & Sea Unit Ranger Coordinator, applications closing Tuesday 23 June 2020 [View ad here]
MAC OFFICES ARE OPEN however due to COVID-19 minimal walk-ins are requested. Please call or email first if you need to get in touch.
SPECIAL GROCERY SUPPLEMENT now available to members – contact us if you did not receive information on this. If you have submitted your application, these are now being processed.
FOOD SAFETY AND HEALTHY HOMES initiative can help with the supply of groceries and essentials. If you need assistance, please call Yaandina’s Family Support team on 9182 1120.
NGAJARLI (DEEP GORGE) temporarily closed for amenity improvements until August 2020.
INDUCTIONS: Cultural inductions now available online [Click here]
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