Martuku Jijiku Maya

Case Study


Martu Nation

What was the issue?

The West Australian Government has funded a new boarding school for Martu secondary students in Newman. The facility is owned by the Jamukurnu Yapalikurnu Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC) and is the result of a gift of three properties from BHP. Martuku Jijiku Maya will allow young Martu people to access a broad education whilst remaining close to their families. Students will be educated both in Martu lore and the modern Australian curriculum – allowing them to walk successfully in both worlds.

'Martu leadership decided that improving education was to be their first priority. They recognised their people largely missed out on jobs and opportunities associated with the mining boom because of poor education.’ Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan.

What did we do?

TF.A were engaged to develop a great concept by Broome-based practice, Engawa, consisting of a shared house for social activities and two separate houses for boys and girls.

The facility has been designed to be domestic in scale and feeling, using dashes of colour to distinguish between the buildings. There are also plans for a native and bushtucker garden, as well as a basketball court and shaded recreational area.

Regional Development Minister, Alannah McTiernan and members of the local community.

Regional Development Minister, Alannah McTiernan and members of the local community.

'The Martu Student Hostel will be a place for learning and for young people to become the Martu leaders of tomorrow.’ JYAC Chairperson, Melvin Farmer

What was the impact?

Construction was completed mid-way through 2022, children have settled in and are being looked after by members of the Martu community and the team at 54 Reasons.

The local community are optimistic about the opportunities the new facility will provide: