Congratulations Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation

November 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM

I was given the opportunity to be a part of a rare project outside of the normal NQLC core business. This opportunity was one where the Western Yalanji People were able to gaze past all of their hard work of progressing towards their native title claim process, and take the next step of focusing on working towards achieving their goals and aspirations.

It is not often that project officers in native title are given the opportunity of being involved in a process where the traditional owners’ goals and aspirations become reality.  Therefore, I feel very honoured to be a part of such a unique project.  Being there from the beginning to end, where the Western Yalanji Community Plan brought the community together, by exploring and understanding each traditional owner’s goals and aspirations. 

The process involved travelling to various towns with Board members of the Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation to meet with the wider community. Listening to each and every traditional owner’s aspirations and what they wanted to see on their Country, not only for the present but for future generations to come.

Having the chance to be shown around on Country by the traditional owners, including visiting areas of significance and hearing how important particular areas meant to the Western Yalanji People, was a key highlight for me.  The process took some time, but with the dedication and hard work of the Western Yalanji People they were able to achieve their goal.

On the 11th of November 2016 the Western Yalanji People were awarded a Commendation in the Public Engagement and Community Planning category of the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia Awards, held in Brisbane.  Witnessing such an astonishing achievement of the Western Yalanji People receive this award, I felt honoured and a sense of pride that shows our People can achieve anything we want to.  

Thank you to the Western Yalanji People for the gratitude and respect shown to me throughout this community planning process.  It has been an incredible experience not only for my role as Project Officer, but also as a young indigenous woman.  It has made me realise that it is now up to us younger generation to step up and carry on what our Elders have worked so hard for, to continue on and make it work.

Author: Jasmine Clubb, Project Officer - FAME Unit