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ABOUT MAC

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

Following a long struggle for Native Land Title Claims; the three Contracting Parties the 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. Not being a native title claim it therefore does not receive royalties.

The five traditional landowners which make up MAC are the Ngarluma People, the Yindjibarndi People, Yaburara People, the Mardudhunera People, and the Wong-Goo-Tt -Oo.

The MAC Board of Directors governs MAC. The Board consists of 12 representatives from the three original Contracting Parties selected annually by their people.

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 all of this 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 international attention of researchers and archaeologists. The heritage sites and adjoining lands are co-managed by MAC and the Department of Parks & Wildlife and the department of Aboriginal & Indigenous Affairs. 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 objectives for this management model operates.

The Murujuga Rangers work on country, covering the National Park and 42 islands of the archipelago (land & sea) conducting patrols, collecting data using advanced GIS tools and apps and living 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, or what is commonly known as the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago.

MEMBER SERVICES

The Murujuga Members Desk is managed by a team dedicated to serving the members. As of first half of 2016 the membership of MAC is approximately 1158 persons. Members are descendants of the original signatories of the BMIEA.

To apply for Murujuga Membership one must be 18years of age, have completed an application form to be lodged to the MAC Office, with supporting identification and proof of being a descendants of the original signatories of the BMIEA.

To assist its members MAC Assistance a series of assistances members are eligible for. The main categories are; Education Assistance, Medical Assistance, Lore & Culture, Adult Assistance, Elders Assistance, Funeral Assistance and Business Assistance.

Outlined in the Membership Services are details about these benefits. An Assistance Application must be filled in and sent to MAC Members Services desk.

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that following an organisational and financial review, the MAC Board of Directors have issued a directive effective from May 18th 2016 to freeze all Murujuga Membership Assistance to its Membership until further notice. MAC has downsized and reassigned its staff to reflect recommendations of the review and to reflect the decline in the economics of the region.

Operations at the MAC Headquarters for critical administration and MLSU will continue until further advice from the MAC Board.

The Murujuga Members Desk is located at the ground floor of 20 Hedland Place Karratha. Office Hours are 8:30-4:00pm Mon to Thurs and Fri 8:30-3:00pm.

New Management

MAC welcomes on board the new CEO Mr. Craig Bonney who leads the MAC Team since Dec 2015. Mr. Bonney previously worked for Woodside and now succeeds the long standing CEO, Mr. Ron Critchley, an avid advocate for Murujuga who retired at the end of 2015. The MAC Board, Circle of Elders and staff acknowledges Ron’s contribution to MAC and wishes him the very best on his future endeavours.

MAC Staff: Lynsey Mc Donald who previously handled the Membership Desk has recently been assigned to join the MLS Unit as the new Administrator supporting the MAC Rangers at Kings Bay Road.

Sharon Hicks, Senior Members Desk has also been reassigned to Senior Administrator role in the interim period the membership desk is closed.

In the last quarter of 2015, October 1st MLSU relocated its offices to a closer to the National Park, at the Schlumberger Premises located at Kings Bay Road in Dampier. It is envisaged this will be a temporary measure while MAC awaits the final go ahead and construction of the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre.

Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre (MLKC) is one of the commitments of the BMIEA Agreement. It is primed to be located in the National Park, near Hearson Cove and earmarked for 2017, subject to Government releasing funds to MAC for construction as agreed. The centre will be a multipurpose structure providing a headquarters for the MLSU office, an interpretive centre for visitors, cafes and meeting facilities.

Sorry Business: MAC respectfully acknowledges the passing of its Elders and Members who have helped MAC. MAC respectfully acknowledges its senior and junior staff past and present who have contributed to the Ranger programme. Together they have made valuable cultural contributions to the development of the rangers and the Murujuga Land and Sea Unit working together with Elders on Country. MAC extends its sincere condolences to all the families for their loss.

Cultural Management Plan (MCMP): Cultural Research Protocols & Guidelines.

In 2015, the MAC Research Protocol guideline was approved by MAC as part of the important elements of the Cultural Management Plan. These cultural protocols calls for any research to initially be discussed and approved by Elders or the traditional landowners and custodians of MAC first, prior to any field work being conducted on Country. This applied to the National Park boundary and beyond thus respecting and acknowledging the ancestral ancestors of the Murujuga people. To strengthen relationships and future partnerships MAC encourages anyone with intentions to research to respect cultural protocols for managing country.

This was a vital step in managing research projects being undertaken on Murujuga country. In the later quarter of 2015, the University of Western Australia sought permission of the Circle of Elders to send three soil samples for carbon date testing at Oxford University. It was the first of many consensuses the Circle of Elders hopes to receive by tertiary institutions and those wishing to conduct work on country.

In September the MAC Board and Circle of Elders came together to review the final edition to the Murujuga Cultural Management Plan,(MCMP) a two year project between MLSU, the Circle of Elders. The valuable input and knowledge sharing amongst the Circle of Elders, the Murujuga Rangers and members of the Community have made this an important document. It is a welcomed and colourful visual book presenting the voice of Ngarda-Ngarli Traditional Owners about their Country-Ngurra.

The MCMP raises ongoing and important concerns as well as gives direction for the future goals of the Murujuga Land and Sea Unit. The Plan also outlines actions for MLSU and CoE to help achieve the vision of caring for Murujuga Country according to the Law and Culture, in a way that keeps all of Country safe and healthy. Examples about this are illustrated in the document to be published in 2016. The project was led by Vanessa Margetts of UDLA-Urban Designs Landscape Architects Team.

Training

The Murujuga Rangers are about to embark on Cert II & III, of Cultural Conservation in Land use Management, & Heritage having completed Certificate II in Cultural Conservation and Land Management in December 2015. To celebrate this milestone the MAC Rangers celebrated together with the Circle of Elders at the Christmas Farewell. This training was adapted to take into account the actual work conducted by the rangers on country which not only includes data collection for the various GIS layers but sand dune rehabilitation to name a few.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

MAC proudly acknowledges the assistances of Australian Government, Department of Environment Community, and Heritage Icon Grants which will enable the completion of this second part of the project.

MAC also acknowledges; Commonwealth Government of Australia, Western Australian State Government, Woodside for the initial development of the website. MAC thanks the Rock Art Foundation for their contributions & support of Murujuga. We thank all our stakeholders; Woodside, Rio Tinto, partners and DPAW for working together with us to look after country.