Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Chair of Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee appointed

    26/09/2007 8:38 PM

    Mr Ken Ninyette has been appointed chairperson of the Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee (ACMC).

    Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts said Mr Ninyette had a wealth of experience in indigenous heritage matters, both at a professional and personal level.

    “As a Nyoongar man with extensive experience and specialist knowledge, Mr Ninyette is a significant asset to the ACMC,” Mrs Roberts said.

    The ACMC, a specialist heritage advisory body to the Minister established under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, evaluates the importance of places and objects that may be associated with indigenous people. The ACMC provides advice to the Minister on all indigenous heritage matters across the State.

    Mr Ninyette has served as an ACMC board member for the past 18 months and one of his first undertakings as the new chairperson will be to hold a regional meeting of the ACMC in Kalgoorlie on Wednesday, October 3, which will include information sessions for the community and industry.

    “It is very important the ACMC provides industry, enterprise and the community with information about indigenous heritage matters and how they are managed under the legislation,” Mr Ninyette said.

    “These information sessions raise greater awareness of the depth and diversity of indigenous culture and can assist industry to better understand the requirements of the Act and how they can be managed appropriately.”

    On October 2, the ACMC will conduct community and industry information sessions at the Railway Hotel in Kalgoorlie. The ACMC will also undertake tours of significant sites in the Goldfields region and meet with local indigenous groups such as the Kurrawong Community.

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