About MAC

MAC was incorporated on 19th April 2006 and is the approved corporate body for the BMIEA Agreement. This office therefore administers the implementation of contractual obligations of the BMIEA. (Burrup Maitland Industrial Estates Agreement)

There are five traditional groups which make up MAC. They are the Ngarluma People, the Mardudhunera People, the Yaburara People, the Yindjibarndi People, and the Wong- Goo-Tt-Oo people.

Following a long struggle for Native Land Title Claims; the three Contracting Parties namely the following; Ngarluma-Yindjibarni (1994) Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo, Yaburara, Mardudhunera (1996, 1998) received land entitlements and financial benefits in return for surrendering their native title claims over the Burrup. This was documented by Government with what is known as the BMIEA Agreement. The 4,913ha of Country is what makes up the Murujuga National Park or the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago. The MAC Board of Directors consists of representatives from the three original Contracting Parties, annually selected by their people to be represented on the Board.

The Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation was formed as a direct result of the BMIEA. Not being a native title claim it therefore does not receive royalties.

Having relinquished their land claims for state residential, commercial industrial development, MAC instead owns freehold title to the Murujuga National Park (4,913 ha) which adjoins the industrial land. The WA State has allocated various sites for infrastructure and mining industries seen in the Burrup Peninsula, on land traditionally known as Murujuga. Murujuga is the language name for the entirety of the area.

The Murujuga National Park is the 100th park in WA. It is here you will find the famed petroglyphs or ancient rock art of cultural significance to the people of Murujuga and experts alike, it commands the attention of researchers and archaeologists. The heritage sites and adjoining lands are co-managed by MAC and the Department of Parks & Wildlife, A designated DPAW Murujuga Ranger liaison officer works closely with the MAC rangers in the MLSU Unit who are responsible for managing country; land and sea. The Murujuga National Park Management Strategy 78 (2013) together with the new Murujuga Cultural Management Plan (2015) provides the framework for the implementation of such a management model.

The (MAC) Indigenous Rangers work on country, covering the National Park and 42 islands of the archipelago (land & sea) conducting patrols and collecting data using advanced GIS tools and apps this assisting to successfully compile data relevant to their law and culture on sacred sites. The Spiritual Ancestors are acknowledged in their everyday work as part of living and working on Country and co-existing alongside the extensive mining, gas plant and other industries on Murujuga (commonly known as the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago.)