History

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is an indigenous corporation established to receive hold and manage funds and property for promoting and benefitting the general welfare of the contracting parties to the Burrup and Maitland Industrial Estate Agreement (BMIEA).

 

History of Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) was incorporated on the 19th April in 2006. MAC was established in response to the signing of the Burrup and Maitland Industrial Estate Agreement (BMIEA) between the state of Western Australia, the Western Australian Land Authority, and the native parties being the WNgarluma, Yindjibarndi, Yaburara Mardudhunera and Wong-Goo-Tt- Oo peoples.

In January 2000, the State of Western Australia notified its intention to acquire land for the construction of heavy industrial estates on the Burrup Peninsula and adjacent Maitland areas, along with any native title rights and interests that the native title parties may have had. At the time there were three registered native title claims covering the proposed acquisition area, of which claims were heard in the Federal Court.

The first claim by the Ngarluma Yindjibardni, had been lodged in 1994. The other groups, the Yaburara Mardudhunera and the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo group lodged claims in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Being registered native title claimants these groups had the right under the Native Title Act 1993(Commonwealth), to negotiate with the Western Australian Government.

The BMIEA Agreement provides that in exchange for the Native Title Parties’ agreement, to the surrender and permanent extinguishment of native title on the Burrup and Maitland Estates Industrial land, and the land required by the State for residential and commercial purposes in Karratha, the native title parties receive a number of substantial benefits.

It is these benefits which the MAC Board concentrates on, and in line with the objectives of the Corporation follows through with the Government in order that all the members can equitably gain from the BMIEA agreement.