The Oak Valley and Tjuntjuntjara communities lie on Maralinga Tjarutja and Spinifex lands, in the heart of the Spinifex country that spans across South Australia and Western Australia.
New trust arrangements were implemented for Maralinga and Tjuntjuntjara Traditional Owners in 1994 to build a better future for Traditional Owners and their organisations through providing socially beneficial financial assistance.
The communities elected four Traditional Owners to act as co-trustees, representing the community and their needs in decisions around how the money is used. Perpetual, as trustee and investment manager, works closely with the Traditional Owners, helping them to grow their funds and achieve what they want for their future.
The money in the trusts belongs to the Maralinga Tjartuja and Tjuntjuntjara people. Perpetual’s role is to provide guidance and governance to make sure that all suggestions and recommendations comply with the trust deed and relevant laws, as well as providing advice around the budget to ensure the trust can support immediate needs as well as plans for the future.
“I think it’s very important that we do look after our money so it can last a while. I think the way things are now with the government tightening down on things, it’s very important that we do look after our money.”
Traditional Owner, Maralinga Tjarutja people
The partnership between Perpetual and the Maralinga Tjarutja people recognises the strengths and knowledge both parties bring to the table. The Traditional Owners and their community members know their country, their people and their culture, while Perpetual knows about trust management, investments and the best way to get returns on their money.
Some of the things the communities have decided to fund are:
- A new roof over the basketball courts in Oak Valley, to protect children in the extreme heat and also act as a rainwater catchment
- A scholarship education fund to promote kids staying in school
- The establishment of a second community, Ilkurlka
- A mechanical workshop and mechanic’s wage in Tjuntjuntjara
- The local Oak Valley store, helping provide access to cost effective, healthy food
- Cultural events
- Accommodation and transport to major centres to support community members who need medical assistance
- Upkeep, maintenance and investment in Maralinga Village, including supporting a tourism business to help the community become sustainable
To find out more about how we can work with you to help achieve what’s important to your community, please contact us.
Glen is very involved in working with Aboriginal communities and groups and some of these relationships date back to the early 80’s. He works with five Native Title trust clients and is constantly travelling to meet with traditional land owners.
He held association positions in the early to mid '90s working with CRA when native title and support of indigenous communities became a reality.
Glen started his career with Westpac in 1978 and has been involved in financial services for 30 years. He lived and worked in Broome for 15 years and founded a financial services business in 1990 which focussed on insurance and financial planning in Broome and the Kimberley area. Glen also lived and worked in Kojonup during his early career.
Glen has a passion for football, having coached predominantly Aboriginal teams. Glen also coached the Kimberley and Pilbara representative team in 1995 and 1996.Glen has maintained strong ties with Shenton House at UWA, where his son Ashley attained his degree in 2007. Ashley was awarded “Outstanding Male Aboriginal Year 12 Student in 2003”. Through this association, Perpetual has been the principal sponsor of the “Western Wagyls” that participates in the NITESG games for 3 years running.
Pamela Kaye is a lawyer with 14 years’ experience working with Aboriginal clients. Pamela worked for Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, which is the Native Title Representative Body for the Murchison Gascoyne and Pilbara Region of WA for five years, progressing native title claims and advising Aboriginal clients in their ILUA negotiations with mining companies in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Pamela then worked for DLA Phillips Fox in the mining and energy team. She advised on and assisted with the negotiation and implementation of land access agreements between developers and Aboriginal groups across Australia, including in the Noongar region. She also appeared regularly before the National Native Title Tribunal in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Pamela has extensive experience assisting developers to identify and properly engage with affected Aboriginal groups and individuals. She is frequently asked to participate in difficult or controversial projects because she is able to think innovatively and deliver solutions. Pamela has significant management experience and has built broad community consent to controversial projects through structured systems of engagement. This has involved managing stakeholder engagement, government relations, mining projects, tenure and environmental approvals.
As a Trust Manager for Perpetual, Pamela specialises in implementing strong governance structures to ensure that boards and advisory councils make informed decisions, based on professional advice, which are in accord with community goals and aspirations.
Taliah has spent the past 10 years in the civil and mining industry and has a strong background in administration, project management and community engagement.
Taliah is a Nimanburu woman from Broome Western Australia with ancestral ties to Yarwuru/Djugan, Nyul Nyul and Bardi groups on the Mid Dampier Peninsula. She has been heavily involved in her family’s Native Title Claim which has taken twenty years to reach Determination in 2018. This has also lead to an in depth understanding of issues facing Aboriginal communities on a daily basis and an understanding that each community is different and respects their individual journeys to self-determination.
Taliah has the added experience of developing and implementing Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and was responsible for the implementation of the first Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan within the civil and mining industry. Implementing an Elevate RAP and working with Reconciliation WA allowed for strong community and corporate relationships. She brings these experiences and relationships with her to her current role and as a member of the Perpetual Reconciliation Action Plan working group.
Taliah has worked in local government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations and is heavily involved in numerous organisations that service WA communities in the areas of Aboriginal empowerment, leadership, reconciliation, education, defence, mental health and disability services.
Taliah currently sits on the Divisional Advisory Board for Red Cross WA and the ICEA Foundation. She is also a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Group for Rotary District 9445 (Wyndham – Kalgoorlie), Program Manager of Miss NAIDOC Perth, and Alumni of Leadership WA and the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI).
Taliah graduated from the University of Western Australia with majors in anthropology and industrial relations.
Taliah’s community service and passion for community empowerment aligns well with the function of Perpetual’s Native Title Team.