Yule River

Calls for in­quiry sur­face at meet

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

It may be far away from sky­scrapers, board­rooms and man­i­cured parks, but for the in­dige­nous peo­ple of the Pil­bara there is no more im­por­tant place to ad­vance their cause as tra­di­tional own­ers of the coun­try.

Ya­matji Marlpa Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion’s Yule River meet­ing has been the main event for the Pil­bara’s in­dige­nous peo­ple to dis­cuss pol­icy which af­fects them for the past three years, but the river it­self has been a tra­di­tional meet­ing grounds for much longer.

It was de­cided long ago by elders past that this ephemeral river bed, sur­rounded by large pa­per­bark and eu­ca­lyp­tus trees, would be the cen­tral meet­ing place for the peo­ple.

IBN spokesman Danny Brown said lis­ten­ing to the old peo­ple talk at Yule River as a child had in­spired him to pur­sue a ca­reer in Abo­rig­i­nal af­fairs.

“As a young fella, my fam­ily used to bring me here to Yule River to swim, fish, do all the cul­tural stuff and lis­ten to the meet­ings that were held here,” he said.

“As a teenager com­ing here on an an­nual ba­sis, I was lis­ten­ing to the move­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal af­fairs here in the Pil­bara.

“To come back to coun­try, to come back to a meet­ing place our old peo­ple used to use is very sig­nif­i­cant for us.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man, a reg­u­lar fix­ture at the meet­ing since it was for­malised, praised it as a unique fo­rum for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple across WA.

Picture: Tom Zaun­mayr

IBN spokesman Danny Brown found his in­spi­ra­tion as a child at Yule River.

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