Information Sessions and Authorisation Meetings have been called by PBC Consultancy Services on behalf of Sam Hegney for the Yugunga-Nya People in relation to the Yugunga-Nya People’s native title determination application (WAD 29 of 2019) (“Yugunga-Nya Claim”).  The date, place and time of the meetings, the persons who may attend the meetings and the purposes of the Information Sessions and Authorisation Meetings are set out below.

The area covered by the Yugunga-Nya Claim (“claim area”) is depicted in the Map below.

INFORMATION SESSION No 1

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Venue: Meekatharra Shire Hall, Main Street, Meekatharra, Western Australia

Time:  10.00am to 12.00pm

Registration opens:   9.00am

AUTHORISATION MEETING No 1

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Venue: Meekatharra Shire Hall, Main Street, Meekatharra, Western Australia

Time:  1.00pm to 3.00pm

Registration opens:   12.00pm

INFORMATION SESSION No 2

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, 778-788 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia

Time:  10.00am to 12.00pm

Registration opens:   9.00am

AUTHORISATION MEETING No 2

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, 778-788 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia

Time:  1.00pm to 3.00pm

Registration opens:   12.00pm

 Who may attend the Information Sessions and Authorisation Meetings

The Information Sessions and Authorisation Meetings are open to those Aboriginal people who meet the following description, or believe they should meet it:

Those Aboriginal people who:

  • Under the traditional laws and customs of the Western Desert, have a spiritual connection to the claim area and the Tjukurpa associated with it on the basis of one or more of the following:

i) the claim area is his or her country of birth (also reckoned by the area where his or her mother lived during the pregnancy); or

ii) he or she has traditional geographical and religious knowledge of the claim area through a long-term association with the area; or

iii) he or she has an affiliation to the claim area through a parent or grandparent with a connection to the claim area as specified in sub-paragraphs (a) or (b) above;

and

  • who are recognised under the traditional laws and customs by the other native title holders as having rights in the claim area.

This currently includes the descendants of Annie Wilba, Dolly Ward and Jimmy Wheelbarrow.

(the proposed Amended Claim Group Description).

Important Notes:

PBC Consultancy Services regrets that it is unable to assist with transport to or from the Authorisation Meetings and/or Information Sessions or with accommodation costs.

Claimants and prospective claimants can attend the Information Session and Authorisation Meeting in Meekatharra OR  Perth, but not in both locations.

 Purpose of the Information Sessions

The purpose of the Information Sessions is to provide relevant information about matters to be discussed at the Authorisation Meetings to allow informed decisions to be made at the Authorisation Meetings.

Purpose of the Authorisation Meetings

  1. To consider anthropological and legal advice relating to the proposed Amended Claim Group Description for the Yugunga-Nya Claim (see above);
  2. To consider whether to replace the existing claim group description for the Yugunga-Nya Claim (which is “1. Evelyn Gilla, William Shay, Name withheld for cultural reasons and Rex Shay; 2. The biological descendants of ‘Wilba’ (The Grandmother of Evelyn Gilla)” with the proposed Amended Claim Group Description (see above); and
  3. Depending on the outcome of 2 above, to authorise an Applicant group to make the amended Yugunga-Nya Claim and to deal with matters arising in relation to it. The current Applicant group comprises Evelyn Gilla, Rex Shay (deceased), William “Bill” Shay, Leonie Gentle, Russell Little, Audrey Shar, and Troy Little.  If the current claim group decides to change the claim group description, members of the new group (people within the Amended Claim Group Description) will be asked to either confirm the existing Applicant group, or to authorise a new Applicant group.

Changes to the claim group description can only be made if people who are members of the current claim group approve those changes first.

Registering for an Information Session & Authorisation Meeting

Registration will occur before each Information Session and Authorisation Meeting commences.  Members of the current claim group and/or the amended claim group are required to register by stating the name of the apical ancestor through whom they assert rights and interests in the Yugunga-Nya claim area, or by stating the other basis on which they claim to fall within the proposed Amended Claim Group Description.

Any person intending to attend an Information Session and/or Authorisation Meeting outlined above is invited to contact Franklin Gaffney at PBC Consultancy Services on 0400 972 615 or Sam Hegney on 0417 470 343 to register attendance in Meekatharra or Perth.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided to participants on the day.