Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated in August 1985 under the Aboriginal Corporations Act of 1976. It is an Association of all the communities deemed to be “affected” by the oil and gas mining operations at Mereenie and Palm Valley, thus receiving the statutory royalties payable to those affected Communities and groups under the Northern Territory Land Right Act.
Ngurratjuta is principally a royalty association, with a scope of activities covering a range of specialist support services.
There are about 70 member communities, many of which are small outstations. The member communities include Hermannsburg, Wallace Rockhole, Areyonga, Haast’s Bluff, Papunya, Jay Creek, Mt Liebig, and all the outstations located within the broader area, including the small communities around King’s Canyon.
Ngurratjuta/ Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation exists to provide financially independent Aboriginal Communities with inter-community corporations. Ngurratjuta utilises royalty funds to build an active investment base, which will protect accumulated royalty funds.
We aim to provide a growing income base for the member communities and stimulate job opportunities and/or venture activity for members, while actively supporting community development activities and infrastructure improvements in member Communities.
The service encourages self-development of the community owned enterprise by providing Aboriginal owners with appropriate accounting, training, relief-management, recruitment and other services necessary for development. The aim of the service is to empower the community through:
- Proper retailing systems
- Regular information;
- Other decision making material;
- And training, so that progress is made toward self-operation and self-management of their enterprises.
Wherever possible the services offered will be self-funding, but in cases, certain development activities will require financial assistance. The overall aim is to improve the health and economic well being of the Aboriginal Communities through the process.
Ngurratjuta Corporation is responsible for the following services: