From the dissatisfaction and the lack of progress in economic development for Aboriginal people in the Western Pilbara Region, the concept for an independent body with a mandate to seek and nurture commercial opportunities was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission's (ATSIC), Ngarda-Ngarli-Yarndu Regional Council (NNYRC), named the Ngarda-Ngarli-Yarndu Foundation1
1 The name means, "belong to us" in the local Yindjibarndi language
ATSIC was established in 1990 by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, NNYRC was one of ATSIC's regional councils to service the Aboriginal needs of the Western Part of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. ATSIC was abolished by the Howard government on 30 June 2005.
The NNYRC established four wards East Pilbara, Port Hedland, Roebourne and Ashburton. The Regional Council has been entirely reliant on different forms of government funding since its inception.
Because of this reliance, and with decisions affecting this remote region being made by Centralised public servants, ideas were developed by the Regional Council to seek and nurture commercial opportunities, and to be less reliant on government funding.
The Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Foundation Inc. (the Foundation) Business Plan addresses the business direction, strategies and planned achievements for the period 2005 - 2008.
The Foundation's vision is in sustainable development as a means of enhancing our reputation as the leader in Aboriginal economic development and wealth creation.
Our focus is to run our business efficiently and in a sustained and consistent manner. Socially our community involvement will be conducted in a manner displaying accountable, transparent and trustworthy actions.
We will continue our development of the Foundation by maintaining the Aboriginal participation in our operations.
Our revenue base will be largely dependent on our commercial investments which deliver long term returns.
The property and income of the Foundation shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Foundation and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members, except as bona fide remuneration for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the Foundation or in good faith in the promotion of those objects.
The Western Pilbara Region communities are very supportive of initiatives and are looking forward to the opportunities and benefits that the current projects will bring on an ongoing basis.
The objects of the Association are to alleviate poverty among Aboriginal people in the Western Pilbara region Of Western Australia by supporting long-term Aboriginal community development.
The aim of the Association is to achieve this by raising funds directly and by making investments that will generate long- term returns. Funds so raised will be specifically allocated for the provision of:
The Foundation's key activities currently include:
Proposed future key activities:
Our key clients that we are involved with and who want to work with us: