About the Adnamatna people

Adnamatna people are the Traditional Owners of the Wilpena Pound (Ikara) and Flinders Ranges area, and are
co-managers of the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park that surrounds the Resort. Adnamatna means rock or hills people in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Flinders Ranges.

The Adnamatna culture is a vibrant culture that continues to be passed down generation to generation in a culturally appropriate way. The Adnamatna people have a continued strong, cultural and spiritual connection to this land and for them Wilpena Pound (Ikara) is a very sacred place and they ask that visitors respect their beliefs.

The Adnamatna belief systems tell of the creation of their traditional lands, they tell of spiritual snakes making up the walls of the Pound, however, we recommend the best way to learn about their culture is from Adnamatna people themselves.

The Adnamatna people welcome you to Ikara, and ask that you respect all geological, cultural and heritage sites.

Jadon Tree Director

Before establishing Yura Yarta, Jadon Tree started out his journey in a small town named Hawker, located in South Australia. Jadon went to a small school where he participated in a school-based apprenticeship working 1 day a week whilst finishing year 12. Through his hard work and self determination Jadon finished year 12 SACE at the age of 16, from there he commenced working full time.

Shortly after, Jadon’s endeabours brought him to another town before returning home to center himself around his family. This unfortunately meant he had to terminate his first apprenticeship, so to make ends meet he then took up a position at a station, alongside his fencing crew, Dylan Fullarton, and his older brother Sooty Black.

At the age of 18 Jadon was given the opportunity to work with ICE Engineering as an apprentice electrician in a FIFO role. He went on to complete his apprenticeship with the ICE team spending roughly seven years with the company. During his career he won multiple awards including NAIDOC Youth of the Year, Shortlisted candidate for Young Australian of the Year, School Based Apprentice of the Year for South Australia at the South Australian Training Awards & the community based Slim Dusty mate ship award which was awarded by Slims wife Joy McKean.

During his time at ICE Engineering, Equity & Advisory’s owner Stephen Young reached out to collaborate on their shared passion of helping place more Aboriginal people in skilled jobs.

With the support from Stephen & Nick Bindi the CEO of ICE engineering, Yura Yarta Services was born. Jadon is now the Director/ Operations Manager for Yura Yarta, a majority owned Aboriginal electrical construction service with 100% Aboriginal employment rate.

Jadon has always felt the responsibility to do right for the younger generation that want to follow into his footsteps. Every day he lives by example, becoming a role model for many around him, and giving job opportunities to Aboriginal youth like his little cousin- who became Yura Yartas first apprentice.