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Government signed two Indigenous Land
Use Agreements (ILUAs). This resolved all
native title and compensation issues over
5300sqkm of land in and around Broome.
The Yawuru people are now progressing
their plans for land management, care and
development in the Broome area, assured
that their stake in this land is recognised
and their place in Broome’s future assured.
UDLA Director Greg Grabasch says
that Yawuru’s forward-thinking decision
to undertake such an initiative serves
to empower communities who have
an inseparable custodian relationship
toward their landscape.
The Yaw uru people are closely con nected
to their country, with their own calendar
that recognises six climatic seasons
throughout the year. These are broken down
according to prevailing winds, ecological
cycles (such as when certain fruits are
prevalent or when the dugong and kangaroo
are fat) and temperature.
This deep connection with the country
is as much practical as it is spiritual. The
Indigenous people believe Minyirr Park
(meaning ‘birthplace’), located behind
the Cable Beach dunes, is the site where
Aboriginal people were created. It is their
belief that three groups were formed by
spirits who came from the sea and moved
inland, singing life into existence and
creating language groups, tribes and
sacred law and culture.
In the broader cultural context,
the unique Yawuru project is setting a
precedent in respectfully driving planning,
conservation and land management
decisions, including design in marine
and terrestrial areas, Australia-wide.
Integral to the project’s success was
the collaborative community engagement
process, which addressed the areas of land
and cult ural management in an holistic
and cult urally sensitive way. “Equally
“This project goes beyond
a one-way consultation
approach towards a process
of facilitating, engaging
and empowering culturally
ABOVEThe Thangoo coastline as seen from above
BELOW Yawuru boys in ceremonial dress.
OPPOSITE Locals Stanley and Cissy Djiagween.
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