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About Mirning

Learn more about the Mirning people, Mirning Country and Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation

WHO WE ARE

Mirning Traditional lands aboriginal corporation

The Mirning Traditional Owners’ native title rights in Western Australia were recognised by the Federal Court on October 24, 2017. Their Native Title Determination was handed down at Low Point after 18 years of perseverance by the Mirning People. WA Mirning traditional lands cover 32,711 square kilometers stretching from the South Australian border to Caiguna in the west, and from the low water mark in the south, to the transcontinental lines in the north.

Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, was established by the Mirning People in 2019 to manage their Native Title rights and interests in Western Australia.

The Mirning People

The history of the Mirning People is one of resilience, adaptation, and cultural continuity. Mirning ancestors thrived in these lands for countless generations, relying on their deep connection to the environment to sustain their way of life.

Mirning culture has been passed down through storytelling, art, song, and ceremony, serving as a timeless link between past, present and future.

The story of the Mirniny People is one of resilience in the face of displacement. Many Mirniny were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in Western Australia during colonisation, taken to missions and stations around the state. The impacts of those removals can be felt today, with no Mirning people living on Country in WA. 

Despite this painful history, Mirning People have maintained their connection to their traditional lands, making them more determined to uplift Mirning culture and create a strong Mirning community on Country in Western Australia. 

Mirning Country WA

WA Mirning Country is nestled along the rugged and captivating coast of the Great Australian Bight, characterised by sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and breathtaking vistas. For the Mirning people, their land holds deep cultural significance, serving as a source of sustenance, belonging, and spiritual connection for thousands of years.

Ancestral ties to the land and sea are central to Mirning culture, with stories dating back to the Dreaming. The Great White Whale Jeedara is revered as a guardian figure, entrusted with the protection of the oceans. 

Water sources are of paramount importance to the Mirning people, reflecting their scarcity and preciousness in the arid environment of the Nullarbor Plain. Their language reflects this reverence, where the term “Gabbi Ngallung” signifies not just drinking water but “eating water”.

Mirning Country spans across the Great Australian Bite into South Australia. Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation Country looks after Mirniny Native Title rights in WA while Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation  represent Mirniny native title rights in SA.

Meet the MTLAC Board of Directors

Committed to upholding the rights and interests of the Mirning People, The MTLAC Board serves a critical role, with each member contributing to the collective vision of the broader Mirning community.

Serving a two-year term, our directors are elected at MTLAC’s Annual General Meetings by their families.

 

MTLAC Chairperson, Shiloh Peel

Apical ancestor, Dick Stott
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Deputy Chairperson, David Hirschausen

Apical ancestor, Gumilya ‘Carmelia’ Button
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Director, Leslie Schultz

Apical ancestor, Lucy
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Director, Barry Graham

Apical ancestors Jack Mountain and Rosie Yalgoo
Up for election in 2025

MTLAC Director, Joy O’Neill

Apical ancestor, Gordon Naley
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Director, April Lawrie

Apical ancestor, Tjabilja
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Director, Pearl Scott

Apical ancestor, Clara Giles
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Director, David Wolgar

Apical ancestor, Maggie
Up for election in 2024

MTLAC Director, Kathleen Coleman

Apical ancestor, Sally Broome
Up for election in 2025

MTLAC Director, Travis Tucker

Apical ancestor, Alice Bigfoot
Up for election in 2025

MTLAC Director, Stuart Baker

Spinifex
Up for election in 2025

MTLAC Director, Delwyn Franks

Spinifex
Up for election in 2025

MTLAC Director, Byron Brooks

Spinifex
Up for election in 2025

Committees of the mtlac board

MTLAC's ILUA Committee

The Mirning People formally authorised MTLAC to engage in Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) negotiations with Western Green Energy Hub at the 2022 Annual General Meeting. An ILUA is a voluntary agreement between Native Title Holders and other parties about the use of their land and/or waters. 

WGEH is a large-scale renewable energy project proposed over 15,000 square kilometres of Mirning Country. In collaboration with its partners Intercontinental Energy and CWP, the Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) aspires to become the largest project of its kind globally.

MTLAC’s ILUA Committee is in the early stages of negotiating with WGEH. MTLAC is committed to ensuring free, prior and informed consent and will undertake comprehensive community consultations with Mirning People as negotiations develop. 

WGEH can only go ahead with an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in place.

The ILUA must go through three phases to pass:  

  •  Agreement by the negotiating committee
  •  Approval by the MTLAC Board and finally; 
  •  Approval by the Mirning Traditional Owners at an Authorisation Meeting. 


The ILUA Committee members are: Shilloh Peel, Alwyn Graham, Leslie Schultz, Heathe Champion, John Graham, Travis Tucker and Daniel Tucker.

MTLAC’s Heritage Committee

The MTLAC Heritage Committee was nominated in 2022 by the MTLAC Board. The current Heritage Committee members are James Minning, Ethan Hansen, Leslie Schultz, John Graham, Anton Mundy, Harry Peel, Wayne Graham and Bruno Peel. A new committee will be appointed by the MTLAC Board in November 2024.

MTLAC’s Commercial Subsidiary Mirning Green Energy Limited

Mirning Green Energy Limited (MGEL) is a commercial subsidiary of MTLAC. MGEL was established in early 2021 to manage the 10 per cent shareholding in the proposed Western Green Energy Hub . The other shareholders are InterContinental Energy (46%) and CWP Global (44%). 

MGEL owns a 10 per cent share in the proposed project and is not required to make any financial contributions to WGEH until the project is approved. If the project is approved MGEL can choose to purchase or sell some or all of the shares.

MGEL has three directors on its board, Alywn Graham, Travis Tucker and Independent Director Daryl Smith. MTLAC also has a permanent seat on the WGEH Board, which Mr Graham currently holds.

Visit our contact page to get in touch with MGEL.