NYFL is the Traditional Owner organisation that is building a legacy of prosperity and wellbeing for our community.

The Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd (NYFL) is a Traditional Owner organisation that delivers social and economic outcomes for its members and the broader community of Ieramagardu (Roebourne) and beyond.

NYFL’s focus is:

- Ensuring there is a legacy of prosperity and wellbeing for our members and Roebourne people

- Maximising social and economic benefits for its members and the Roebourne community

- Delivering the employment and training outcomes for Aboriginal people

- Implementing Social Impact and Investment initiatives

- Delivering positive commercial outcomes through our Social Enterprises and partnerships

The Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi lands in the Pilbara area of WA comprise of over 11,000km2 of vast mountain ranges and gorges, rolling rocky outcrops and rivers, and spectacular coastline. It stretches from the azure waters of the Pilbara coast to the Millstream-Chichester National Park to the south, from around Whim Creek in the east to just west of Pannawonica.

Since entering into a Land Access agreement in 1998, NYFL has been the Traditional Owner representative organisation of the Woodside-operated North West Shelf (NWS) Project area, which includes the Karratha Gas Plant. The NWS joint venture is made up by Woodside (operator), BP, Chevron, Mimi, and Shell.


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NYFL specialises in social impact and community development.

NYFL's strong focus is on delivering positive social and economic outcomes for the community of Ieramgadu (Roebourne), our members and all Ngarda-ngarli (Traditional Owners) 

The Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Limited is committed to promoting the interests of its beneficiaries, and particularly the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people. Driven by a committed and visionary Board, it is developing business activities which provide sustainable revenue streams


The current NYFL Board of Directors:

  • Michael Woodley
  • Josie Samson
  • Harry (Marshall) Mowarin
  • Kevin Guiness
  • Ricky Smith
  • Melanie O'Donoghue
  • Lyn Cheedy
  • Angus Mack
  • Independent Directors


Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Sean-Paul Stephens

Sean-Paul Stephens is the CEO of the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd (NYFL) Group. Prior to being appointed NYFL CEO, Sean-Paul was the Indigenous Engagement Lead and Senior Corporate Affairs Advisor at a Forbes 2000 and ASX top 20 global company. He has held executive roles with a Pilbara Aboriginal Native Title corporation and has a professional background in cultural heritage management across Australia. Sean-Paul has worked with Traditional Owner organisations across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria. Sean-Paul holds an Honours Degree in Indigenous Social Justice and Archaeology and is completing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Social Impact.

Emily Zimmerle: General Manager of the NYFL Group

Emily has a background in local government, technical design, events and project management. Prior ot being appointed the General Manager, Emily delivered key projects for NYFL and the Roebourne community, leading the Bajinhurrba (Cossack) project, which aimed at maximising social, cultural and economic opportunities for Roebourne Aboriginal people. Emily is passionate about social impact and delivering community outcomes.

Manager Employment and Training: Amee Leane

Amee Leane has delivered NYFL's Aboriginal Employment and Training program for over five years, with record success. Amee's portfolio includes the Warrgamugardi Yirdiyabura (WY) Program, which supports Roebourne Aboriginal people obtain meaningful, covational employment in their field of choice. 

Employment and Training Support Officer: Bryce Mongoo

Wadjarri and Nhanda man Bryce Mongoo helps lead NYFL’s Indigenous Employment and Training team! Bryce works primarily with Ieramugadu (Roebourne) men, to empower them to pursue their vocational aspirations, and overcoming barriers to employment.
Bryce is passionate about supporting the regional Aboriginal community. Having worked for Rio Tinto and the Clontarf Foundation, Bryce applies his lived experience, industry expertise and community values to support self-determination of mob


Store Manager - NFP Supermarket: Rebbecca Gregory

Managing NYFL's not-for-profit Supermarket, the Ieramugadu Store Maya is Rebecca (Bec) Gregory. Bec is from the Pilbara, and her husband and children are proud Bardi and Nyul Nyul people, with connections to Jaru and Kija. Bec's focus is on running the store as a food security program that adds to the liveability of Roebourne. 

Finance Officer: Livia Simionato

Livia comes from a sceince and finance background, and has a passion for social justice and social equality. Livia brings with her finance accreditations, international experience across small business and financial management.

Member Services Officer (WY Program Trainee): Danielle Geary

Danielle is a proud First Nations woman and Ieramugadu (Roebourne) local. Danielle is completing qualifications in community development through NYFL, while leading member services and community engagement. Danielle is a recognised leader across the community. She is passionate about create positive change for mob.



Click here to find out about the NYFL Constitution.


Traditional Owner Representative Body for the Woodside-Operated North West Shelf Project

Since 1998, NYFL has been a party to a Land Access Agreement with the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project, which includes the Karratha Gas Plant

The North West Shelf project is Australia's largest integrated energy project. The project produces around 17 million tons per annum of LNG

NYFL does not receive 'royalties' through its industry agreements.

As the Traditional Owner representative organisation for the North West Shelf project, NYFL's is the focal point and key body to be consulted on Traditional Owner matters that relate to the North West Shelf project, and the interconnected cultural landscape, Murujuga.  

'Relevant Persons' 

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and associated regulations provides the legal framework for the exploration and recovery of petroleum and greenhouse gas activities in Commonwealth waters (those areas that are more than three nautical miles from the territorial seal baseline)

As the Traditional Owner representative organisation for Australia's largest Oil and Gas project, NYFL is considered a 'relevant person' under the regulation 11A of the OPGGS Environment Regulations, for areas that relate to Traditional Owner values in the North West of Australia

NYFL expects to be consulted, in line with best practice standards, in line with UNDRIP, and FPIC principles 

Free, Prior, Informed Consent

In line with the United Nations, FPIC is a principle protected by international human rights standards that state, ‘all peoples have the right to self-determination’ and – linked to the right to self-determination – ‘all peoples have the right to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development’. Backing FPIC are the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Labour Organization Convention 169, which are the most powerful and comprehensive international instruments that recognize the plights of Indigenous Peoples and defend their rights.

NYFL asserts FPIC as a right for all Traditional Owners, including our members and the community of Roebourne