YMAC Yamatji On-Country meeting sees Aboriginal Affairs Minister and other parliamentarians join discussion

Jessica MoroneyThe West Australian
Mr Peter Windie, Co-Chairperson – Yamatji, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation at the 2021 Yamatji On-Country in Carnarvon.
Camera IconMr Peter Windie, Co-Chairperson – Yamatji, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation at the 2021 Yamatji On-Country in Carnarvon. Credit: Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are invited to attend the Yamatji On-Country meeting next month, to address key issues, problem solve and make connections with government representatives.

Hosted by Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), the Yamatji On-Country meeting is a space where communities from the Mid West, Gascoyne and Murchison areas can address problems and complaints while investing in solutions and positive outcomes into the future.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti, parliamentarians and other government representatives from Department of Communities, Education and Planning, Lands and Heritage, WA Country Health Service, WA Police and National Indigenous Australians Agency will join the second annual meeting.

School students will have the opportunity to discuss areas of concern for youth and engage with commissioner for Children and Young People Jacqueline McGowan-Jones.

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Hosted at Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation in Utakarra, the first meeting held on August 3 is reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander discussion, and other invited delegates can join the conversation on August 4.

YMAC co-chairperson Yamatji region Peter Windie said the meeting provided a vital connection between Yamatji people and State and Federal Governments to address key issues together.

“By encouraging this form of participation, the community itself will be leading discussions through facilitators, highlighting some of the most important issues affecting them, enabling people to have their various questions, concerns and suggested solutions heard and responded to by key stakeholders, politicians and government decision-makers,” he said.

“By having a yarn together, listening to each other and showing respect for one another, we can make a better future for everyone living in our region.”

More information is available at ymac.org.au

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