Supreme Court appoints receiver to Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation

MARCH 2016

The Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) has welcomed a Supreme Court decision to appoint a receiver to the Yindjibarndi Aborignial Corporation (YAC).

Supreme Court Justice Rene Le Miere appointed Ian Charles Francis to oversee YAC until an April 19 General Meeting in which YAC members will vote to elect a new board of directors.

His Honour Justice Le Miere said in his reasons that his decision was "to see that the property and resources of the corporation are under control of the receiver so that they cannot be used or applied to favour one group over another."


YAC abandons February General Meeting in face of legal challenge


WMYAC has welcomed a decision by the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) to abandon plans to hold a General Meeting next month in the face of a Supreme Court challenge.

YAC’s solicitors told the Supreme Court of Western Australia on the 21 January that it would not continue with its intention to hold a General Meeting of Electors on 1 February following a challenge by WMYAC as to the validity of the meeting.

WMYAC Chairman John Sandy mounted the challenge after identifying numerous procedural discrepancies in the way the meeting had been called.

The court considered there was a real issue as to whether or not there are presently any validly appointed directors of YAC and ordered the issue be determined as soon as possible at a trial to be held on 22 February in the Supreme Court.  

Wirlu-murra holds successful AGM


There was an excellent turnout for Wirlu-murra’s Annual General Meeting, which was held on the 21st of August.

WMYAC members gathered at the Roebourne Cultural Complex to hear about the positive advancements the organisation has made during the financial year.

At the meeting twelve individuals nominated to become Directors of WMYAC. The members voted to elect this leadership group which included two new Directors, Rodney Adams and Karen Toby.

Rodney Adams is a cultural advisor for Wirlu-murra and has a wealth of experience advising on Aboriginal heritage and culture in the Pilbara region.  Karen Toby is a long-time Wirlu-murra member who has provided support around memberships.

The new Board has authority over the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation and are ultimately accountable for all decisions made by the organisation.

Outgoing Director Charmaine Adams, told the AGM that being a Board member is a challenging, but rewarding role.

Wirlu-murra remains committed to delivering benefits for members through enterprise and community development. 


Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Statement

JULY 2015

In a secret ballot on 23 June 2015, Yindjibarndi people throughout the State voted by an overwhelming two-thirds majority for change in the management and leadership of Yindjibarndi Native Title business. The vote for change was 246 for and 123 against - the biggest majority in five years confirming that Yindjibarndi people have lost confidence in Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC).

Years of frustration and mounting discontent from Yindjibarndi people about the current applicants and YAC and the endless division and fighting within the community provided respected Yindjibarndi Elders Rodney Adams, Sylvia Allan, Maudie Jerrold, Francis Phillips, Allery Sandy, Ken Sandy and Diana Smith with the motivation and the courage to give all Yindjibarndi people a voice and an opportunity to vote on 23 June.

The Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) is proud to have supported, and will continue to support, our Elders in their efforts.


Wirlu-murra tracks ancient artifacts in $3 million project


Wirlu-murra elders have led a team of anthropologists and archaeologists on an expedition into the outback as part of a three-year cultural mapping initiative sponsored by Fortescue Metals Group.

The Gamburlarna Project is an initiative of traditional land owners Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) and Fortescue.



Wirlu-murra holds August AGM 


Wirlu-murra held its Annual General Meeting on Friday the 25th of July. The meeting was held at the Roebourne PCYC and was attended by members of the community. At the meeting, Wirlu-murra members voted to elect two new Board members following the resignation of outgoing Chairman Paul Aubrey. Wirlu-murra would like to thank Paul Aubrey for his contribution to WMYAC during his tenure.


Wirlu-murra AGM video 

Women drive major change in Pilbara Community

MAY 2014

In an ultimate story of small business savvy enacting huge community change, a group of female elders from the Wirlu-murra Aboriginal community in Roebourne have translated a market stall selling local artwork into joint venture mining contracts worth over $100 million.

Australian Mining Review Article - Wirlu-murra women.pdf

Wirlu-murra celebrates jobs milestone

APRIL 2014

Wirlu-murra has reached a milestone of helping create more than 100 jobs for young people in the Pilbara through its collaborative approach to working with the mining industry.

WMYAC celebrates jobs milestone - Pilbara News April 14.pdf

Wirlu-murra women on ABC TV Breakfast

MARCH 2014

Business savvy female elders from the Wirlu-murra Aboriginal community in Roebourne are spearheading a push to secure multi-million dollar mining services contracts in a bid to improve conditions for their families.

Elder Allery Sandy told ABC TV Breakfast the revenue being generated is going directly towards helping the Yindjibarndi people.


Wirlu-murra on ABC Breakfast TV

Wirlu-murra helps generate jobs

APRIL 2014

The Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation in Roebourne has revealed it has started to generate a profit from its business joint ventures servicing the booming mining industry in the Pilbara.

WMYAC Chairman Paul Aubrey says the revenue being generated is going directly towards helping the Yindjibarndi people.

Wirlu Murra Jobs Article.pdf

Wirlu-murra Wangka

WMYAC has its own newsletter Wirlu-murra Wangka. Which is published regularly and is one way that you can keep in touch with what WMYAC is doing. Click on the links below to download the WMYAC Newsletter.

Issue 1 - March 2012

Issue 2 - June 2012

Wirlu-murra Wangka June 2013.pdf

Wirlu-murra AGM

Wirlu-murra held its most recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May 2013. 

There was a big turnout with 141 Wirlu-murra members there to hear our newly elected Chairperson Paul Aubrey give a report on the great progress WMYAC is making. Paul gave a summary of WMYAC’s financial performance and the strong revenue streams from our increasing number of enterprises, which importantly are beginning to deliver benefits to members.

For the full presentation please click on the link below.

Wirlu-murra AGM presentation.pdf

Recent News

19 June 2013

Authorisation meeting fails to provide answers to Yindjibarndi people

Yindjibarndi people attended an authorisation meeting for a proposed indigenous land use agreement (ILUA) between Rio Tinto Iron Ore and the native title group members on June 18th 2013. At the meeting Yindjibarndi elders and senior people raised serious concerns about the proposed agreement including the failure of Rio Tinto to engage in any proper negotiations or consultation with all Yindjibarndi people.

We are concerned only a very small number of native title holders appeared to have knowledge of the agreement.  Yindjibarndi people were extremely disappointed by Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation's (YAC) failure to adequately respond to the native title holders questions at the meeting. 

Click the link below for more information.

Authorisation meeting fails to provide answers to Yindjibarndi people.pdf 

13 June 2013

Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation calls for answers on Rio Tinto indigenous land use agreement

The Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) has urged Rio Tinto and YAC to give the Corporation’s members critical information ahead of a meeting in Roebourne next week to authorise a key indigenous land use agreement (ILUA). Please see the below media release reagrding some concerns and questions Wirlu-murra has over the lack of consultation and information by YAC and Rio Tinto on the proposed indigenous land use agreement.

Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation calls for answers on Rio Tinto indigenous land use agreement.pdf

10 April 2013

Wirlu-murra features on 7.30 WA ABC News program.

Wirlu-murra members were recently interviewed and featured on the ABC program 7.30 WA. The story features two Wirlu-murra members and focusses on how contracts with mining companies are helping create long term work for indigenous companies and surrounding communities. 

 To watch the full story please click on the link below.

21 February 2013

Wirlu-murra and Eastern Guruma form historic joint venture

WMYAC and Eastern Guruma have formed an exciting new joint venture to undertake $200 million worth of mining contracts at Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon mine. 

Eastern Guruma and WMYAC will work alongside existing contractors at Solomon, including Leighton Contractors. The joint venture is scheduled to commence work in March 2013 and operate over five years and will provide opportunities for the community. 

Eastern Guruma has been a partner in several successful joint venture operations in the Pilbara. However, this joint venture marks the first business opportunity in the mining industry for WMYAC. 

For the full statement please click below.

Wirlu murra Forms Historic Mining Joint Venture.pdf

18 February 2013

Wirlu-murra's response to the recent decision handed down by Justice McKerracher on Tuesday 12th February 2013 is attached below.

For Wirlu-murra it is still continues to be business as usual, with qualified WMYAC members still able to undertake important heritage survey work. Wirlu-murra will continue to pursue exciting opportunities for all Yindjibarndi people.

Statement by Wirlu murra regarding recent court decision.pdf

12 February 2013

In recent weeks there have been a number of allegations made regarding Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Corporation(WMYAC) that have been presented as fact. The WMYAC board has met and made its own enquiries in relation to these allegations and as a response has released the following statement.

Media statement 12 February 2013_issued.pdf

Included below is the Statutory Declarations made by Bruce Thomas, Business Development Manager for Wirlu-murra on February 8, 2013.

Bruce Thomas Statutory Declaration.pdf

18 December 2012

Supreme Court Rules Against YAC 

The action in the Supreme Court seeking appointment of a receiver to YAC because of serious membership and governance concerns has been delayed in the last few months because of YAC's application to transfer the Action to the Federal Court.

On 13 December 2012 Justice Pritchard in the Supreme Court of Western Australia dismissed YAC's Application.

The judge said that "the issues of proper corporate governance which arise for consideration in the Supreme Court proceedings are of the kind, or are similar to, issues relating to the conduct of corporations which are regularly dealt with in proceedings in this Court. Little weight should be accorded to some of the considerations to which the defendants (YAC) pointed in support of the transfer application."

The Court will now make directions as to costs and to timetable the Supreme Court Action to an early hearing. We hope YAC will now stop its delaying tactics and that this latest decision will allow the Court to consider in a timely manner what we believe are serious corporate governance issues related to YAC.

Archive News

Wirlu- murra Yindjibardni Corporation Who We Are.pdf

Local Artists Showcase Talents at Exhibition.pdf

WMYAC Board Completes a Two Day Work Shop on Governance and Strategic Planning.pdf