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Western Australia

Finance and funding opportunities for Western Australia can be found here.

We haven't tracked them all yet, so please advise us if you know of finance or funding opportunities that could be included.


Preserve, Promote and Protect our Aboriginal Sites Grants Program (Closing 29 March 2024)

Name of program: Preserve, Promote and Protect our Aboriginal Sites Grants Program

Who is it for: 

  • Incorporated Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations

Who's funding it? WA government


  • grants of up to $50,000 exclusive of GST
  • only available for projects associated with Aboriginal sites that are registered on the Register of Places and Objects (the Register) at the time of applying

When does funding close? 29 March 2024

How do I apply? Click here 





Thanks to Michael Lammli for the use of the photo!

The potential for First Nations participation in renewables in Western Australia is vast

Western Australia has very strong solar resources and nationally competitive wind resources that are largely untapped. There is clearly much potential for the development of clean energy projects on land where First Nations communities hold an interest.

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Western Australia Policy Overview: First Nations and Clean Energy

Western Australia has very strong solar resources and nationally competitive wind resources that are largely untapped. There is clearly much potential for the development of clean energy projects on land where First Nations communities hold an interest.


Thanks for use of the photo Tobias Keller! 

Junja Solar Farm

The 10 megawatt (MW) Junja Solar Farm is a $25 million dollar demonstration project to be located approximately 26km east of Port Hedland on the Great Northern Highway, Western Australia.

Three parties are involved in the development of farm, including Jinparinya Aboriginal Corporation, the Ngarla People via Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation, and Pilbara Solar (Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation owns 50% of Pilbara Solar).

Once developed, power generated from the solar farm will be exported to the local electricity grid with Horizon Power as the off-taker, likely making it the first utility scale solar farm connected on the North West Interconnected System (NWIS). 

It is estimated the Junja Solar Farm will generate monetary benefits to all First Nations parties involved over its lifetime.


Perth roundtable to develop Energy Ministers’ First Nations Clean Energy Strategy starts today

A two-day roundtable feeding into the development of the First Nations Clean Energy Strategy begins in Fremantle, Western Australia today. 

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East Kimberley Clean Energy Project

The $3 billion solar and green hydrogen project proposed for the East Kimberley region of Western Australia is based on a new partnership between three traditional owner groups, the Balanggarra people through the Balanggarra Ventures Corporation (a subsidiary of Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC), the Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation), and Kimberley Land Council, with clean energy investor Pollination.

The three First Nations groups will each have an initial 25% share in the new company they've formed - Aboriginal Clean Energy, with Pollination also having a 25% share.

The East Kimberley Clean Energy project will see a ~ 2,000-hectare solar farm developed on MG Corporation freehold land near Kununurra. The resulting solar energy (approximately 1,000 megawatts) will be combined with water and hydro energy from the existing Ord Hydro Power Plant at Lake Argyle to produce green hydrogen. The green hydrogen will be transported by pipeline to Balanggarra Country in Wyndham where it will be converted to green ammonia. The green ammonia will be sold locally as a fertiliser for irrigated agriculture, and will also be exported.

The East Kimberley Clean Energy project was announced in July 2023. 

In March 2024 the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) committed $1.6 million towards a feasibility study for the project. 

The partnership is hoping to start construction in late 2025, with the first hydrogen produced by late 2028.

Lawford Benning from MG Corporation says: "A focus on First Nations economic empowerment has led groups like ours to reject the historic passive engagement model of receiving royalties for agreeing to give up control of our lands."

Balangarra’s Cissy Gore-Birch says: "This is an opportunity where we can actually showcase that we are able to work together on a shared project and an agreement to be able to look at the bigger outcomes. This is not only just for Traditional Owners, but I guess for the rest of the nation and rest rest of the world, but the things that we’re thinking about is really bettering the lives of our people who really haven’t benefited in the past through these big projects around Australia.”


ABC: Clean energy transition strategy could keep the lights on in Australia's Indigenous communities

The reality of remote living, with a lack of reliable power and water supply, sits in stark contrast to the billions of dollars being poured into mining projects across Australia each year. 

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Key learnings from the Pilbara Roundtable

The first of many roundtables feeding into the co-design of the Federal government’s First Nations Clean Energy Strategy was held on 27-28 March 2023 in Port Hedland, Western Australia, with over 70 people in attendance.

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Cosmos: Pilbara conference drives Indigenous leadership in clean energy boom

A round table discussion held last week has paved the way for a clear clean energy future for First Nations communities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

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Ngaardia Media: Pilbara Elders and leaders discuss clean energy future

This week in Port Hedland, community members gathered along with federal and state government representatives to discuss the role of First Nations people in the renewable energy transition.

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