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MURUJUGA MEMBERS NEWS Scroll down for SEPTEMBER 2020

"NGAYINTHARRI GUMAWARNI NGURRANGGA"

WE ALL COME TOGETHER FOR COUNTRY

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) brings together and represents our lands five traditional Aboriginal language groups; Ngarluma, Mardudhunera, Yaburara, Yindjibarndi, and Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo. On a mission to preserve and protect its landholdings for future generations and to enrich and support the welfare of its members, MAC is paving the way for its people to work together for Country, and to respect cultural lore, heritage, and traditions.

Dear Members,

Welcome to our members’ newsletter for September.

Many projects at MAC have started to take shape over the past few months and it is exciting to share some of these achievements with you.

Recently we;

  • Announced to the world, our discovery of Australia’s first underwater Aboriginal archaeological site on our seafloor by the Deep History of Sea Country project team.
  • Ran our very first Murujuga Expo in Roebourne to help support MAC members and the local community achieve their business and employment goals.
  • Participated in a TEDx interview panel to discuss Murujuga, our land and people, and the recent underwater heritage finds.
  • Welcomed 3 new staff members to MAC.
  • Welcomed Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA, Kevin Michel MLA and Senator Pat Dodson on country and to our MAC offices for important business updates and progress information sessions.
  • Appointed Vince Adams as our new MAC Chairperson.
  • And most recently we held the official opening of the Ngajarli Art Viewing Project and celebrated the Murujuga Cultural Landscape being accepted onto the Tentative World Heritage List with a number of MAC and government delegates including Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment.

These are only a few of the many projects and initiatives we are currently progressing, however it shows you how diverse and important the role of MAC is in many different areas. The projects and engagements we undertake are propelling MAC into a strategic position to ensure we can preserve and protect our culture, land and heritage. We aim to support our members into the future and create long-term mutually beneficial government and industry relationships.

I’d also like to thank you for your ongoing feedback and contribution to our regular communications. We have been focussed on providing regular updates and useful information to our valued members, and the feedback to date has been very positive. Keep the feedback and suggestions coming!

Ngayintharri gumawarni ngurrangga and stay safe.

Regards,

Peter Jeffries

CEO, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation

Official Ngajarli opening and celebration of Tentative World Heritage List announcement

On 26 August 2020, MAC officially opened the the Ngajarli Art Viewing Trail Project with a special on-country event attended by Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, our Circle of Elders and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions delegates.

Ngajarli is the first recreation site to be developed within the Murujuga National Park, and the new facilities will help MAC rangers best manage the increasing number of visitors to the ancient 40,000-year-old rock art site and protect it from damage.

Through the Australian Heritage Grants Program, the Australian Government contributed $400,000 to the creation of the projects cultural walking trail, boardwalk and interpretive signage points to help preserve the rock art and enrich visitors experience to the area by showcasing its significance and value with informative signage points throughout the project area.

During the opening event, we also took the time to officially celebrate the addition of the Murujuga Cultural Landscape to the Tentative World Heritage List which was announced by our government on 23 January 2020.

A significant milestone in our journey towards World Heritage List, achieving “tentative” status means our submission has formally passed the first stages of the application and review process and can now progress. Further research and reporting for the final submission is required, however the collaborative efforts being made by MAC and the State Government, who have partnered with MAC on this initiative to preserve and protect our heritage and culture, are constantly progressing.

A momentous day, it was wonderful to all come together on-country and really feel the true value of what we have achieved so far.

Official Ngajarli opening and celebration of Tentative World Heritage List announcement event

You can read about the event further as featured below;

Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions (DBCA) - New boardwalk for popular Murujuga rock art site

ABC News - World's largest collection of ancient rock art at Murujuga National Park re-opens

Perth Online News - World’s largest collection of ancient rock art at Murujuga National Park re-opens

Murujuga Heritage Committee

On 29 July 2020 the Murujuga Heritage Committee and interagency taskforce held a joint meeting at MAC to receive an update on the drafting of the nomination book.

Minister for Environment, the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, conveyed his appreciation to current and former Heritage Committee members, acknowledging the hard work that they have put into the nomination process so far, including achieving the successful Tentative Listing of the Murujuga Cultural Landscape.

Since the last Murujuga Heritage Committee meeting in March, work has commenced on five key sections of the nomination which will be ready for review by the next meeting.

Murujuga Heritage Committee and interagency taskforce

MAC Strategy and Values

As we grow and develop as a corporation, so does our strategy.

We have recently updated our strategic focus into four main objectives, including;

  1. Managing our land and sea and keeping our culture strong
  2. Delivering value to our members
  3. Strengthen our foundations
  4. Building our commercial footprint

To read more about our strategy and new mission, vision and values, please visit our website or view our plan here.

New Chairperson appointed

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is pleased to announce Vince Adams has been officially appointed as the new Chairperson of the MAC Board of Directors, effective 18 August 2020.

Vince is part of the Yindjibarndi custodial group and been a member of our board since 2019.

Vince has held various Chairperson responsibilities on other Boards and having worked on Native Title and within the local mining industry, he brings an extensive set of skills and experience to our Board and MAC. He is a vital part of our corporation and is looking forward to help lead MAC into the future. We are very excited that he has accepted the important responsibility.

Please join me on congratulating Vince on his recent appointment.

Left to right: Member for the Pilbara Mr Kevin Michel, Minister for Environment Hon. Stephen Dawson and MAC Chairperson Vince Adams at the recent Ngajarli opening event.

Meet our new team members

Mike Fountain, MLSU Ranger Coordinator

In early August we welcomed our new Ranger Coordinator, Mike Fountain, to the team. An integral part of his role will be working with our MLSU Rangers both on land and sea country, and to strengthen our Ranger Program across the board. Mike looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with the MLSU Rangers to help MAC build and grow the best Ranger Team in Australia.

Amy Stevens, MAC World Heritage Support Officer

Amy Stevens joined us in July as our World Heritage Support Officer.

Amy is an archaeologist and social research specialist and has worked in the Pilbara for nearly 20 years. Her background is in heritage management, qualitative research and social justice.

As well as assisting MAC with progressing our World Heritage Nomination, Amy will be working closely with the rest of the Murujuga Rangers and team to help record and protect cultural heritage across Murujuga.

TEDx talk

MAC Chief Executive Officer, Peter Jeffries, and Deep History of Sea Country project partner Jo McDonald from the Director of Centre for Rock Art Research and Management joined forces for a LIVE TEDx interview in early August to talk about ‘The Value of Heritage' and what the Deep History of Sea Country discoveries and project outcomes mean.

Click here to watch the video

MAC CEO Peter Jeffries during the TEDx talk - click link above the image to watch the full video.

Business & Employment Development Unit

Our new Business and Employment Development Unit is here to support our members who would like to pursue employment, business and contracting opportunities with our industry partners and/or more broadly.

If you would like to be a part of this unit and apply for upcoming employment, business and contracting opportunities, please complete a short survey to register your interest. There is no cost to you or your business to be a part of this unit.

CLICK HERE to complete the 7-minute survey.

LOCAL CAPABILITY FUND: The State Government recently announced the Aboriginal Business Round of the Local Capability Fund. This grant provides funding support of 75% of up to $100,000 to be used on a range of eligible activities including; planning and business advice, education and training, purchasing plant and equipment, and business/IT/OHSE systems. For more details and eligibility, please refer here.

TAKE YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE GRANT: The City of Karratha are currently providing grant funding of up to $5,000 to assist businesses with improving their digital capacity and marketing to increase competitiveness, innovation and efficiency. Grants can be used to contribute towards activities such as web design, social media presence, customer relationship management, development of apps or online marketing.

Through the Business and Employment Development Unit, MAC are offering support to assist Members with their application on the above mentioned funds and grants. Please email bdu@murujuga.org.au if you would like any assistance with the application process.

BUSINESS LIST: MAC is currently in the process of creating a list of ‘MAC Relevant Businesses’ that will be made publicly available to industry and government for sourcing MAC suppliers and contractors. By completing the BEDU survey above, it will ensure your business is on this list and is recognised as available for supply and contract roles.

EXPO: Recently MAC hosted our very first Murujuga Expo to support MAC members and the local community in achieving their business and employment goals. Held in July, this event was a great success, seeing approximately 50 MAC members and community members attend to find out more about business and employment opportunities. Keep an eye out for information about our next Expo!

Murujuga Expo 2020 held at Roebourne North Regional TAFE

Industry & Community News

The City of Karratha is running The Big YELLOW Walk to support the most yellow day of the year – R U OK Day! This free community hilltop walk takes place on the Yaburara Heritage Trail in Karratha on Saturday 12 September 2020. For all the details visit the City of Karratha website here.

North Regional TAFE are running a one-day White Card Skill Set course on Wednesday 21 October 2020 at the Karratha Campus. Improve your job prospects by completing your White Card! To find out more and to enrol for this course visit the North Regional TAFE website here.

Mawarnkarra Health Service are currently seeking a Programs Manager to join their team. The service mission is to provide access to and deliver quality medical services to improve the physical, spiritual, cultural, social and emotional wellbeing of the families of the Roebourne area. For more information and to apply, please read the post on the MHS Facebook page. Applications close Monday 28 September 2020.

Future Forum 2020 will be held at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle on Friday 16 October. This one-day symposium will focus on Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia. This will be a remarkable opportunity to connect, share and discuss visions, aspirations, innovations and anticipated challenges as a collective of people working and engaging with Aboriginal cultural heritage within the state. To read the event flyer click here, and to register for this event click here.

MAC member reminders

Department of Transport will be visiting Roebourne on Thursday 3 September from 9:30am to 3pm in Roebourne. To view the flyer for all the details click here.

The Business and Employment Development Unit (BEDU) survey is still open if you would like to be a part of this unit and apply for upcoming employment, business and contracting opportunities. To complete the 7-minute survey click here.

The MAC Annual General Meeting is taking place Friday 20 November 2020. Save the date and look out for further information to come.

Are your member details up to date? Click here to update them now so we can send you important news and opportunities.

Special Grocery Supplement now available to members. To apply for this once-off grocery card please download the application form here. If you have submitted your application, these are being processed.

Ngajarli (Deep Gorge) is now officially reopen.

MAC Cultural Inductions are now available online here.

For all the latest MAC news and updates click here.

Stay safe and look after each other

Office Address: 313 King Bay Road, Dampier, WA 6713

Postal Address: PO Box 1544, Karratha, WA 6714

Email: admin@murujuga.org.au | Phone: +61 8 9144 4112