Yamatji Marpla Aboriginal Corporation members will feel the support of a new office based in Carnarvon after its official opening last week following renovations by a Yamatji builder. Located at 4 Francis Street, the building had been closed for several years since its role as the Department of Sport and Recreation, and prior to that the town bakery. The office is designed for YMAC to provide long-term support and identify local needs quicker. YMAC said Yamatji builder Hooky Ryan completed the works intended to refresh and modernise the space. YMAC CEO Simon Hawkins said the building would aid the ability to be functional and excel in daily tasks. “The new Carnarvon office has a large boardroom with video conferencing equipment, which will be useful for PBCs because they can hire the room for meetings,” he said. “Initially, we will have staff from the Geraldton and Perth office on a rotational basis and, in the longer term, we hope to have two full-time staff based here. “This way, we are ensuring even greater participation from First Nations peoples by having staff right here on the ground.” YMAC continue to support Traditional Owners in the native title space and provide services such as future acts and agreement-making, heritage services, land and sea management and corporation support. YMAC is also focused on progressing research and recognition for Traditional Owners in the Yamatji region through new claims such as Middamia and in various unclaimed areas.