Community Initiatives

Yaburijji Estate

Ngarluma elder Jeannie Churnside pours Ngarluma land through Premier Colin Barnett’s hands at the launch of Yaburriji Estate – October 24th 2010

Ngarluma elder Jeannie Churnside pours Ngarluma land through Premier Colin Barnett’s hands at the launch of Yaburriji Estate – October 24th 2010

Ngarluma elder Jeannie Churnside pours Ngarluma land through Premier Colin Barnett’s hands at the launch of Yaburriji Estate – October 24th 2010

Yaburriji Estate is the biggest development Roebourne has ever seen since Roebourne was first built. It is the first time an Aboriginal Corporation has undertaken a project like this with State Government also being involved. The Yaburriji Estate is the start of what is possible in Roebourne and over the next few years Roebourne will see a lot of change for the better.

The Yaburriji Estate project was always intended to pay for itself. Right from the start it was estimated that the project would need a loan from a Ngarluma organisation, to cover some project expenses, until the lots are sold and the loan can be repaid.

It was only in late October 2010 that the NAC chairperson Jeannie Churnside stood side by side with Premier Colin Burnett on the Roebourne oval to pour some Ngarluma land through their hands, as the start to the Yaburriji Estate. Now 99 freehold lots have been developed and are getting ready for sale. The next stage of development is already being planned.

from ochre to constructed housing lots …

NASH

The NASH plan is to develop a new housing community on approximately 50 hectares of land next to Roebourne, for up to 400 housing lots and to provide land for educational, community and commercial facilities to enhance the opportunities for all Indigenous people in Roebourne. In particular it is intended to provide new opportunities for Ngarluma people to own their own home if they wish and to provide an improved social housing stock for those who wish to remain as renters. Fremantle Consulting Group (FCG) has negotiated an agreement with the new State Government on behalf of NAC for this land to be made over to NAC and the project is now able to get under way.

Foundation Housing is currently negotiating with FCG the development of a joint venture between it and NAC for the development of social housing for indigenous people. This organisation is one of only a few approved social housing providers and an agreement is an essential way forward for NAC. McMullen Nolan and Wood & Grieves were engaged to deliver a land capability report outlining available servicing infrastructure and potential works required to service the NASH site.