Mata Mata Creative Trust
The Mata Mata Creative Trust supports all forms of traditional culture and creativity based on and around the Mata Mata homelands and surrounding estates. It was commissioned by the late Mrs. B. P. Burarrwaŋa. Its operations are inspired by her life and vision. Mrs. Burarrwaŋa and her family lived and guarded the cultural integrity of the lands and sea of the area. Integral to their vision is uncompromising, independent, traditional, economic, cultural, social and environmental values.
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Mata Mata Policy Recommendations
- Aged pensions reduced to 55 for Aboriginal people living on homelands
- Abstudy should be available to all Aboriginal children of all ages living on homelands especially travel allowances
- Ceremonial duty allowances: Yolngu people involved in ceremonial duties should be entitled to an allowance. This allowance will inject funds into communities for constructive activities.
- Remaking the Pathway and other films including Djalu Gurruwiwi’s Westwind be included in the school curriculum for Aboriginal and mainstream communities.
- A Marketing Authority be established to purchase and distribute wild harvest bush medicines and foods beginning with nanka bakarra.
- Native title to favor the guardians of homelands who live on their country. Funding invests in the infrastructure and social capacity of these communities rather than making empty royalty payments to individuals who live in towns and regional centres.
- An urgent enquiry into Centrelink Payments for Aboriginal people living on homelands, looking at place-based discrimination.