About Us

Who is IBN?

Our Goal: Building resilience and capacity for the present and strong foundations for the future.

Thanarru! Welcome.

IBN is the Trustee for the Mining Area C (MAC) Agreement between BHP Billiton and the IBN Claim Group, the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara. Established in 2001, IBN is a charitable business operated for the advancement and prosperity of these communities. We provide programs and services to raise the personal, social and economic well-being of our members and deliver support and programs in health, education, housing, culture, enterprise development and employment.

IBN has a strong financial history and investment strategy that includes a Future Fund to ensure the IBN Community have access to a secure source of income long after the end of mining.

We provide support and opportunities to more than 1,300 Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people and their families.

We do this in three key ways:

Community Programs. Financial assistance in times of emergency or crisis.

Field Officers. Assistance and personal support to the IBN Community.

Projects and businesses. Building sustainable and positive futures with a focus on education, employment, business enterprise, and cultural support.

Our head office is in South Hedland, Western Australia, approximately 350 kilometres north of the Mining Area C Project. We also have offices in Tom Price and Karratha.

We are proud to offer our members the greatest service reach of any Trustee in the Pilbara.

To find out more about us click here.

Supporting the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people.

who's who at IBN

Julie Walker
Director, Minadhu.
Lorraine Injie
Chief Executive Director (CEO)


May Byrne
Phillip Dhu
Director, Banyjima
Tyson Weedon
Director, Minadhu.
Brandy Wheelock
Director, Nyiyaparli
Jahna Cedar
Deputy Chair
Alan Scott
Director, Independent
Tom Stephens
Director, Independent
Chris Duirs
Assets and Operations Manager
David Dhu
Acting Corporate Services Manager
Caroline Lee
Community and Member Services Manager
Finance Manager (Vacant)