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What We're About

Newman Futures, a partnership project between BHP, the Shire of East Pilbara and the Department of Communities, has been working with Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation (KNAC) and Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) developing the Ngaa Ngayunkarnu Kapukurri – This is Our Dream Cultural Compact to turn Newman into a town known for its cultural responsiveness. Local authorities, service providers, organisations, and community groups can formally adopt the charter in order to raise awareness of the importance of mutual respect in Newman.

Signatories are encouraged to participate in the following ways


Engage Martu and Nyiyaparli cultural awareness experiences with staff.

Support Nyiyaparli and Martu start-ups and business creation initiatives.

Our Partners

Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation 

Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation (KNAC) is the Native Title representative group for the Nyiyaparli People, the Traditional Owners of approximately 36,684 square kilometres of land and waters in the East Pilbara region, including the township of Newman, Western Australia.

Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation 

Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation is the prescribed body corporate for the Martu people of the central Western Desert region in Western Australia. Their lands include the Percival Lakes and Pilbara regions in Western Australia. Today, approximately 2500 Martu live in and around their determination area including within their established communities at Jigalong, Punmu, Parnngurr (Cotton Creek) and Kunawarritji (Well 33).


Newman Futures

The Newman Futures project was initiated by BHP and the Shire of East Pilbara in January 2019 to explore how innovation and new technologies could be harnessed to serve the public interest. Engagement with all sectors of the community resulted in broad agreement to find new ways of working together underpinned by recognition and acknowledgement of different ways of seeing, interacting and being in the world. The Cultural Compact seeks to address a need for a shared understanding of Aboriginal values, beliefs, behaviours and attitudes and to encourage local business, services and institutions to commit to culturally responsive approaches.

Stand with us

Sign the Cultural Compact

Or head over to the Resources for more ideas on how you can get involved.

The This Is Our Dream Cultural Compact acknowledges the Nyiyaparli Traditional Owners of the Country on which Newman stands and the Martu People as the Custodians of Jigalong which sits in Nyiyaparli Country. We respect and recognise their leaders, past, present and emerging, and we are grateful for the privilege of living and working on this Country.