Bundiyarra is an umbrella group and resource agency of community minded Yamaji’s making a strong contribution to our community by:
Recognising our history and cultural ties within our community
Empowering our community
Being a regional community meeting place
Why does Bundiyarra exist?
Bundiyarra is a Wajarri word meaning ‘A Good Place’
The story begins in 1992 when after 10 years of hard slogging, a group of Elders won their fight to win land rights for the reserve located on the corner of Eastward and Blencowe Roads in Utakarra. The Elders weren’t afraid of the hard work they had in front of them, as they saw the opportunity for a sporting, recreational and administrative centre for the local Aboriginal people once the land is developed. This would allow them to preserve their heritage, promote their culture and provide their children and families with a launching pad for the future.
The site for the Bundiyarra complex was chosen because of its historical significance. Founding families, the Ronans, the Camerons the Dodds, the Gregorys, the Nannups and the Whitbys can trace their ancestry in the area for many generations. Acknowledgement to Sandy Davies should also be made for his encouragement to Aboriginal people to use their voice. According to the late Rob Ronan, during the late 1950’s his people used the land as a camping area because they were not allowed to go into town.
In 1994 the five-hectare block, which was officially vested in the Aboriginal Lands Trust was granted to Bundiyarra on a 99-year ‘peppercorn lease’.
On Friday, 28 June 2002, the care, control and management of Bundiyarra Reserve 22660 was transferred from the Aboriginal Lands Trust to Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation as part of the Western Australian Government’s Land Transfer Program. To commence the occasion, the Hon. Alan Carpenter, MLA, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, presented the framed documents to the Corporation at an official ceremony held at the Bundiyarra Centre. The reserve was named Bundiyarra by Dora Dann meaning ‘A good place to go’ in Wajarri language.
Since the official opening on Wednesday, 1 May 1998, Bundiyarra has focused on the List of Objectives created by the Founding Elders. Bundiyarra has offered a multitude of programs and services, assisted with the delivery of fourteen language resources, delivered training in language and assisting organisations with how to engage Aboriginal people, offered conference room facilities, assisted remote communities to live in an environmentally friendly and safe place and acted as an umbrella body for a number of Aboriginal organisations.
The List of Objectives are as follows:
To act as an umbrella body for Aboriginal organisations in the region
To coordinate the activities of its members in so far as these activities
To provide accounting and other community services for the members
To support the social development of its members
To bring about self-support of its members
To support education, job training, health services, employment and housing to its members
To help and encourage its members to maintain and continue their traditional culture.
Bundiyarra - The story behind the name and logo
Geraldton’s Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation is getting for the official opening of their new premises in Utakarra. With the help of Geraldton’s most talented helpers, Bundiyarra’s new hall and grounds are being transformed.
A team of artists from the Aboriginal Art and Design course at Central West TAFE, are putting their best works onto the hall itself. Panels were built onto the building especially for the murals, and Maxine Charlie is just one of the artists painting a panel.
In fact, it is Maxine’s artwork that will be used for Bundiyarra’s new logo that will be seen on their letterheads and invitations.
The painting represents the different community organisations and people that Bundiyarra is linked to.
Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation was officially opened on Wednesday, 1 May1998.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019, marked the 21st Anniversary since the opening.
The late Dora Dann can be proud of naming Bundiyarra. The word ‘Bundiyarra’ is taken from the Wajarri language and means ‘This is a good place to go’.
Dora has been a lifetime supporter of Bundiyarra. Her determination to make a go of the opportunity, has provided something for younger generations to utilise for many years to come.
Do you have photos or history articles of Bundiyarra?
If you do, we would be pleased to scan a copy at Bundiyarra, or you can email photos and articles to:
Photos will be used to create a catalogue for community use and may appear within the Bundiyarra Gardantha Newsletter or on our website.