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Yamatji On-Country meeting re-scheduled: Aboriginal Affairs Minister to attend to hear local voices

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Peter Windie at the 2021 Yamatji On-Country in Carnarvon.
Camera IconPeter Windie at the 2021 Yamatji On-Country in Carnarvon. Credit: Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corpor/RegionalHUB

First Nations people will have an opportunity to discuss key issues with government representatives next week after the second annual Yamatji On-Country meeting in August was cancelled due to bad weather.

Hosted by Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, the Yamatji On-Country meeting is a space where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can address key issues, solve problems and invest in solutions and positive outcomes into the future.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti has re-confirmed he will attend the event on October 12 and 13.

Lara Dalton will represent Child Protection, Women’s Interests, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.

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The first meeting at Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation in Utakarra on Wednesday, October 12, is reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and will provide updates on heritage protection laws and outcomes from last year’s meeting.

A family friendly bush tucker barbecue will be available for participants, as well as performances from local musicians.

On Thursday, October 13, other invited delegates can join the conversation.

YMAC co-chairperson Yamatji region Peter Windie said the meeting provided a vital connection between Yamatji people and State and Federal governments to work on solutions together.

“I would encourage people to attend Yamatji On-Country because it’s an opportunity to voice your concerns and have a say on things affecting us all,” he said.

“With the support of each other, a difference can hopefully be made and key decision-makers will listen to what we all want to see happening to improve the Yamatji community.”

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