Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Jun 15 2015
I don’t recall a time when there has been a greater focus on Indigenous issues at a state and national level as there is right now. The Forrest Review, the Empowered Communities Report, the Recognise campaign, and the recent debate about remote Indigenous communities, are all examples of the increased policy interest in issues affecting Indigenous people. The real question for us is: how do we most effectively convert this increased interest into improved social outcomes and economic opportunity for our people? One thing I know for sure is that more spending on the same failed policies will only make things worse. Without radical change, in particular to the welfare system, there is a real risk that yet another generation will lose the opportunity to develop the capabilities necessary to make positive choices that lead to independent and fulfilling lives. Wunan regularly engages with people in business and government who […] Read More.
Jun 11 2015
The Minister for Housing, the Hon. Colin Holt MLC, visited Halls Creek recently to officially open Stage 1 of the Transitional Housing Program. The program is an innovative partnership developed to support Aboriginal people to move into home ownership. Community members, new tenants and staff from Wunan Foundation, the Department of Housing and Community Housing Limited came together to celebrate the opening of the eight homes in Wilkinson Street. Wunan Foundation sees housing as much more than just ‘bricks and mortar’ – because housing provides a powerful enabler for people to build independent, constructive and sustainable lives. Transitional Housing helps Aboriginal people support themselves by providing a clear and affordable pathway as they move from welfare to a working future. The model is designed to create a strong incentive for aspiring tenants to be in work and continue striving for self-reliance. By developing housing options that reward people for commitment […] Read More.
Topic: Accommodation & Housing
Jun 11 2015
The Federal Government describes its Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) as being focused on three priority areas – getting children to school, moving adults off welfare into work, and building safe communities. These priorities also form part of Wunan’s core mission. In the recent funding round under IAS, Wunan was successful in gaining funding for a range of new and existing Wunan programs under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) initial grants round, announced earlier this year. One of the new programs funded is Pathway to Home Ownership, which will form part of Wunan’s overarching housing strategy, including the Transitional Housing and Money Mentor programs. This program will target Aboriginal people with the capacity, willingness and desire to buy or build their own home. It will support them to prepare and understand a financial plan, including budgeting, and provide assistance to complete a home loan application and liaise with financial […] Read More.
Jun 11 2015
Wunan’s Workforce Development Centre in Broome was recently involved in coordinating a four-day visit by one of Australia’s leading motivational speakers and career coaches, Nathan Hulls. Hundreds of local young people, employers and educators took part in a range of activities during the visit, which was the result of a partnership between Wunan’s Workforce Development Centre, North West Expo, SHELL, Broome Senior High School and the Kimberley Regional Education Office. Nathan Hulls’ message to local students was one of hope for the future. He has himself overcome significant life challenges and come out on top. Now he’s passionate about giving teenagers the tools they need to decide their own destinies and transform their lives. Nathan spoke to the Principals School Leadership Conference and opened the SHELL Work Inspirations Program, where 60 Year Nine Broome students heard from eight industry representatives about their business, vision and employment opportunities. At the Broome […] Read More.
Jun 11 2015
Gabi is Wunan’s hard-working Office Administrator – she’s the friendly face you see at reception. Gabi grew up in the East Kimberley and, having worked at Wunan for just on four months, she says she’s finding the job challenging and interesting because she has so many different tasks to complete each day. “The thing I enjoy most about working at Wunan is being surrounded by so many fantastic people, who all give me an opportunity to learn something new every day,” says Gabi. She is keen to continue developing her skills and has just enrolled in a Certificate III in Business at Kimberley Training Institute. “It’s exciting to be studying and I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can about business and administration through the course, so that I can apply it at work,” she says. Gabi is one of many local Aboriginal people who have benefited […] Read More.