Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) was first established in 1987 as Broome’s first Aboriginal resource centre. From that time it has developed into a multi-functional support service to Indigenous people in this part of the Kimberley.
MAC’s responsibilities today include income generating activities such as establishing and maintaining water and power supplies for community and outstation developments, gardening and landscaping and business facilitation services.
More recent projects undertaken by MAC include operation of a native tree nursery and tree seed bank and the Green Army and work-for-the dole programs providing hands-on, practical environmental action initiatives that support local environment and heritage conservation (including the project to prevent the spread of a poisonous algae in Roebuck Bay that affects sea grasses, the favoured food of dugongs).
MAC is a collaborator and the Regional Hub (agent) in the Kimberley/West for T.H.E. Kakadu Plum Pty Ltd (Traditional Homeland Enterprises), an entity in the process of developing markets, conducting research and development and developing and commercialising supply hubs across coastal northern Australia to harvest, process and sell Kakadu plum/Gubinge. MAC is working with communities and respective Native Title Groups to join in this enterprise.
Over the past 4 to 5 years the organisation has assumed an increasing role in tourism enterprise, reflecting the growing importance of this industry sector to Broome and its environs, and increasing aspirations among Aboriginal people to be involved.