Dyno Nobel Celebrates Indigenous Culture in Grandfathers Country


In celebration of Australia’s rich Indigenous culture, we have partnered with award winning Yindjibarndi artist Donna Willis to create a new Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) wrapped in her painting Grandfather’s Country©.


“As one of the most visible and valuable parts of our customer offering, our MPUs provide the perfect canvas to celebrate the rich history and culture of the Yindjibarndi people,” Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific President Greg Hayne said.

“Donna’s striking painting takes inspiration from the inland Pilbara landscape in Western Australia where she grew up and we’re honoured the land of her Grandfather is on full display across our MPU. Named after Donna’s grandfather, Sandy the MPU is a symbol of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and supporting improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians.” 

In collaboration with Dyno Nobel and WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, completion of the project was celebrated at an event last month when Sandy was mobilised to a site in the Pilbara.

Based at the Yinjaa-Barni Artists Centre in Roebourne and fluent in Yindjibarndi, Ms Willis shared the story of her work in her language: 

“Nganitharri thamii yarndu Ngurra Yirra-nha (Mt Florence Station.) Ngarndu thamii banggarrimarda mujira-ngarli. Walharri-ngu Yindjibarndi Ngurrangga. Burangga banggarri-nha ngurrawarnda-rala. Thamii ngarnda jurlu gurrayi mirnu barni-nha. Bawa-ngarli wanthila ngarriyangu.” 

This translates as: “Our Grandfather was born in this Country we call Cangiangi. That’s where my Grandfather was a dog hunter for Dingoes; that was his job. Back in the days he travelled everywhere in our Country; Yinjabarndi Country. He knew every camp site and water hole.” 

In the spirit of reconciliation, Dyno Nobel acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.