Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Dec 16 2016
Wunan Foundation has made a formal submission to the Director of Liquor Licensing WA and written to the Premier Colin Barnett requesting a halving of the daily takeaway alcohol limit in Kununurra and Wyndham. In collaboration with local frontline agencies – including WACHS, Kununurra Police, St John Ambulance, Youth Justice Services and the Department of Child Protection & Family Support – Wunan has produced a research report proving the link between daily high levels of alcohol consumption and the disturbingly high levels of social harm in the two towns. Data and local case studies were collected between July and November this year and Wunan Foundation Executive Chairman Ian Trust says that not only does the research clearly link alcohol and social harm, it also powerfully demonstrates that the more serious the level of social harm, such as suicide, murder, assault and child abuse, the higher the likelihood of alcohol being […] Read More.
Dec 12 2016
David was born and bred in Katherine, NT, and is one of eight kids. His father was born in Birdum (Larrimah) and comes from the Ngalakan clan in the Ngukurr region and his mother was born in Wyndham. He was welcomed into the fold at Wunan earlier this year, first as a Career Advisor providing assistance to jobseekers, and then as Coordinator, Community Engagement. In this role, he facilitates visits to remote communities by the WA Government’s Remote Services Reform Unit (RSRU) to discuss with the people living there how the Government can work more effectively with them to deliver better outcomes. David finds these visits very rewarding because they give him an opportunity to meet so many different people and help them to understand what the RSRU is all about and what it’s hoping to achieve. “Travelling to these remote communities and seeing this beautiful country is a great […] Read More.
Dec 12 2016
Montana Ah-won won Indigenous Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 National NAIDOC Awards and was recently recruited to Wunan House B&B as a Guest Services Assistant. She is a Mirrwoong Gajerroong girl from Kununurra – the proud youngest daughter of Geraldine Ah-won and granddaughter of Ronnie Carlton and Ivy Roberts. Her grandfather is a well-known Mirriwoong Gajerroong elder and is a role model for Montana. When she was just two years old, Montana’s mother passed away from an alcohol-related disease. She was adopted by one of her mother’s good friends, Frank Trillini, an Italian man originally from the small town of Assisi. “I spent the first sixteen years of my life growing up in a small two-bedroom house with just me and my dad. It was the best childhood anyone could ask for – I had it all,” Montana says. But, sadly, in June 2014 Montana’s adoptive father also […] Read More.
Dec 12 2016
Wunan House B&B shone at an exclusive Sundowner event recently as it threw open its doors to showcase its unique accommodation offering to local business, community and government representatives. The East Kimberley’s only Indigenous owned and operated accommodation, Wunan House B&B has undergone a transformation over the past two years, with the addition of new Indigenous artworks, a stunning door mural, and locally produced Indigenous textiles. Live music by well-known Indigenous singer songwriter, Peter Brandy, set the scene on a balmy East Kimberley evening as guests toured the rooms and found out more about Wunan House B&B. According to Wunan Foundation CEO Christian Zahra, the aim of the event was to let local business and community leaders know just what Wunan House B&B has to offer. “People were clearly surprised at the very high quality of the accommodation and also thrilled to see so much locally produced Indigenous art and […] Read More.
Dec 12 2016
Many local Indigenous people who attended Wunan’s Indigenous First Home Buyers’ Expo recently arrived feeling uncertain about how they might take the step into home ownership, but left feeling confident that it was possible for them. Inspirational presentations from two Indigenous home buyers and senior Wunan staff, along with a range of information stalls, helped open people’s eyes to the range of programs and services that are available to help. Natasha Short, Wunan’s General Manager Programs & Indigenous Leadership, said this is why the Expo was held. “We really wanted to show people that it is possible and that there is support here for them as they embark on the journey,” Natasha said. “Many Indigenous people think buying a home is beyond their reach. Often they haven’t experienced home ownership in their own families, so they’ve never considered that it could be an option for them,” Natasha said. “I tell […] Read More.
Dec 12 2016
During an inspiring ceremony attended by his proud family and Wunan staff recently, Justin Mosquito from Halls Creek became the first student from Wunan’s Kimberley Education Excellence Program (KEEP) to graduate Year 12. Not only did Justin reach the milestone of completing Year 12, he stole the show – also winning the Outstanding Trade Student (Automotive) and the Hibberd Award for the student who has shown the greatest resilience and spirit in the face of significant challenge. According to Wunan CEO Christian Zahra, when Justin entered KEEP in 2011 in Year 7, like many Indigenous students in the East Kimberley, he had extremely low levels of literacy and numeracy. “Justin’s reading was assessed at Year 1 level and he was unable to tell the time or comprehend basic mathematics,” Mr Zahra said. “Given how far behind he was when he began in the program, Justin’s successful completion of Year 12 […] Read More.