Our Projects

Since its establishment Wirlu-murra and its members have worked hard to pursue business opportunities that will provide benefits to all Yindjibarndi people. Wirlu-murra has a number of projects and joint business ventures that it is currently involved with that will provide economic benefits for WMYAC members and the broader community. We are proud of our achievements so far and WMYAC will continue to pursue opportunities that will provide benefits to our people. Details of our current projects are below.

Heritage Surveys

Wirlu-murra has been using the deep knowledge of the WMYAC elders to carry out heritage surveys.  Since July 2012 WMYAC has participated in 21 heritage surveys which have identified 10 ethnographic sites and 223 archaeological sites.  In this time 146 sites have been salvaged.

The new WMYAC  board has approved the development of the Wirlu-murra Cultural Resource Strategy in Partnership with FMG and Terra Rosa Cultural Resource Management. The project aims to design a community-driven research program within Yindjibarndi country that will enable the Wirlu-murra to document, promote and interpret the wider cultural landscape that the Solomon area is part of. The Wirlu-murra Heritage Sub-committee has decided to call it the Kangeenarina Project.

After the plan for the project is approved it is proposed that a cultural mapping exercise be conducted across the entirety of the Yindjibarndi #1 native title claim, identifying a number of key sites that the Yindjibarndi would like further analysed.

The Wirlu-murra Tablelands Heritage Company aims to be the focus of capacity building projects that would enable it to manage a ranger program, a co-management board and Traditional Owner training. 

Cultural Training

Wirlu-murra in joint venture with Eastern Guruma, has been delivering a cross cultural training program for Leighton Contractors since April 2013. The contract will be ongoing for a minimum of four years.

Tailings Storage Facility

Wirlu-murra has signed a contract with Viento, also in joint venture with Eastern Guruma, to build a tailings storage facility for the Solomon project. The project is expected to commence soon. 

Mining Services Contract

Earlier this year Wirlu-murra and Eastern Guruma signed the agreement to provide mining services work in partnership with Leighton for five years. The work includes road maintenance and earthworks. 

Transport Contract

Wirlu-murra has signed a four year transport contract with Leighton Contractors to provided bus services for Leighton workers at the Solomon mine.