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Yued Enterprise to Spring from Astrotourism

Yued Enterprise to Spring from Astrotourism

The Noongar Enterprise Development Support (NEDS) Astrotourism project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services aims to build capacity, cultural knowledge and new Astrotourism businesses in the Shires of Moora and Dandaragan. The project will deliver a series of workshops, training sessions and campfire stargazing events involving local Yued Aboriginal students, their families, Elders and the broader communities in the Shires of Moora and Dandaragan. The project has commenced with initial consultations with Yued community members in both Moora and Dandaragan. RDA Wheatbelt is part of a national network that works with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions. Mr Terry 'Tuck' Waldron, Chair of the RDA Wheatbelt Committee said, “The NEDS program is unlocking hidden talents that will lead to new enterprise in regional WA. The Yued Aboriginal Astronomy project is highly collaborative and is going to connect Noongar Enterprise with visitors to the Wheatbelt region.” STEM incursions to schools in both Moora and Dandaragan will introduce students to astronomy, the future of WA’s space science industry for study and career pathways, and reducing light pollution to protect WA’s world-class dark night sky asset. Aboriginal Astronomy will be a highlight with an aim to uncover Yued stories of the constellations that visiting tourists can experience in the future. Local Yued Elder, Fred Mogridge said, “This project is another part of the jigsaw to inspire the young generation to extend their cultural knowledge, connect with the night sky and in the end start businesses that share Yued stories with visitors to Moora.” Astrotourism WA Founder, Carol Redford, is working alongside Ms Donna Vanzetti, CEO of Beam Me Up Media. Ms Redford says “Aboriginal people were more than likely the first Astronomers on Earth and the study of the night sky informed on seasons, food sources, direction and cultural values. In fact, there are six Noongar Aboriginal Seasons and that alone demonstrates a greater level of understanding about our environment.” “There is a rich history in the stars and it dates back tens of thousands of years in Yued Country. It’s something that visitors will be incredibly keen to experience,” she said. The Shire of Moora and the Shire of Dandaragan are both part of the Astrotourism Towns project that’s mapping out dark sky locations where visitors are welcome to bring telescopes and cameras for stargazing and astrophotography. The network was established in 2018 and now features 50 selected locations for visiting “astrotourists” across 15 Shires in the Wheatbelt and Mid West regions. Stargazing events in the towns have been incredibly popular. The next step is to develop local astro-experiences for visitors. Aboriginal Astronomy is one such experience that will be very attractive to WA’s intrastate market not to mention the international market in a post-pandemic world.

Thank you to Steph Mippy

We are sad to say that the Yued Project Officer Steph Mippy has moved on, but pleased to say that we are working to ensure we have suitable consultants to continue the good work with people on Yued country wishing to start (or grow) their small business ideas. For more please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Business Workshop - Toodyay

Business Workshop - Toodyay

Hard at work. Participants at the "Getting on with Business - Introduction to business workshop" held in Toodyay on the 5th March. Six Yued and Ballardong attendees are working with the new resource materials.
Yued startup businesses attended Sydney Dream Summit

Yued startup businesses attended Sydney Dream Summit

Congratulations to five, very excited, people from five startup businesses on Yued and Ballardong country that were successful in receiving a scholarship to attend the Minderoo Foundation and Skills of the Modern Age, "Dream Summit”. The Dream Summit was a two-day intensive skill-building and leadership program for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs. Participants with a business idea develop their dream and then pitch to judges. The scholarship covered the summit, accommodation and airfares. https://www.dreamsummit.com.au/ https://www.minderoo.com.au/ https://skillsofthemodernage.com.au/
Yued Elders Meeting

Yued Elders Meeting

Yued Elders meet to discuss, be involved and approve the plans for a Wheatbelt Mental Health first request for Cultural authorisation. The proposed event is for a hip hop workshop and professional video shoot on Yued country.
Aboriginal Enterprise Forum held in Moora

Aboriginal Enterprise Forum held in Moora

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) in conjunction with Ngala Wele Karla organised an Aboriginal Enterprise Forum in Moora on the 19th June. It was a great day with informative presentations and constructive conversations. We would like to Thank the speakers: Welcome to Country was done by a very shy Malcolm Ryder, on behalf of the Yued people. Megan Creagh, Local Content DPIRD and facilitator. Ben Sawyer – Forest Products Commission. Western Power- was unable to attend but Megan Creagh delivered their presentation. Raylene Belottie - Gee Gie/Central Earth Moving. Darryl Millington- IBA Dennis Kickett – Mainroads and Steph Mippy, Ngala Wele Karla Project Officer.
WE Connect Luncheon - A Wheatbelt Business Network event

WE Connect Luncheon - A Wheatbelt Business Network event

Dalwallinu Business Workshop

Dalwallinu Business Workshop

The recent business workshop held in Dalwallinu was well attended and it was inspiring to see all the great ideas being brainstormed, worked on and transformed into concepts.
Launch of the Ngala Wele Karla Project

Launch of the Ngala Wele Karla Project

The Ngala Wele Karla Launch was held in Moora on the 18th March and it was great to see the enthusiasm this project has generated. We express our sincere thanks to all those that have helped to develop and support this project and we welcome new interest.

Yued Project Officer Steph Mippy said “The momentum gathering from this project has been profound. To see the pride in our people knowing they have the capacity to start their own business, which seemed something only the well-educated or wealthy were able to do, is so exciting”.

Photo: L-R Rob Miles (Moorditj Yaakiny Project Officer), Michael Edwards, Darrylene Tressider, Roberta Mippy, Cheryl, Stephanie Mippy (Ngala Wele Karla Project Officer), Renee Mippy, Crystal Mippy, Shaun Bennett, Bevan Chipper.
Ngala Wele Karla Program Launches

Ngala Wele Karla Program Launches

The Noongar Enterprise Development Support, Ngala Wele Karla project official launch is to celebrate that we are ... OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Walking with individuals and communities through the training, mentoring, network and skills pathways towards developing enterprise opportunities in Yued country.

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Exploring Being My Own Boss

Exploring Being My Own Boss

Small Business Fair Comes to Perth

Small Business Fair Comes to Perth

“Moora Turtle” by artist Shaun Bennett

“Moora Turtle” by artist Shaun Bennett

Moora turtle is a fresh water animal in Moora and surrounds, it is very elusive and our elders used to hunt for them and eat the meat. It is still sourced today for food and the medicinal qualities it contains. The artist Shaun Bennett is a 40 year old Yued man, originally born in Victoria. In his youth Shaun was sent to Austria to display his art works, first time ever on a plane and ever leaving Australia. Shaun has recently returned to live in Moora after spending many years in other places, more recently Geraldton.

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Contact: RDA Wheatbelt Inc
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Email: admin@rdawheatbelt.com.au

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This project is delivered through the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Wheatbelt Inc ‘Noongar Enterprise Development Support’ project and
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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