Richard Ahmat

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Richard is descended from the Yupangathi group from the Pennefather River region that falls within the Napranum and Mapoon Shires. The area is mostly covered by mining leases and Richard was actively involved in high level negotiations that resulted in the Western Cape York Communities Co-existence Agreement. Formally signed in 2001, the agreement will provide royalties, preservation of cultural heritage, and employment and training opportunities for the communities of Weipa, Napranum, Aurukun, Mapoon and New Mapoon. Richard has served as Chairperson, and later Executive Director, of the CYLC.