Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Oct 1 2015
Dr Stephanie TrustDr Stephanie Trust is pleased to be back in the East Kimberley working at Kununurra Medical, a not-for-profit private medical practice proudly owned by Wunan. “It’s great to be closer to my family here in the East Kimberley, but also to be part of Wunan and continuing my work towards addressing the broader social determinants of health, particularly in remote communities,” Dr Trust said. A Kidja Woman, Dr Trust was born and raised in the East Kimberley, went to school in Wyndham and Halls Creek, before heading to Perth for Years 11 and 12. She initially trained as an Enrolled Nurse before converting this to an Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) qualification and working in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions for around 12 years. In 2000, Dr Trust travelled to Perth to fulfil her lifelong dream to become a doctor. Dr Trust is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of […]   Read More.
Oct 1 2015
Wunan Foundation - Natasha ShortFollowing a recent organisational restructure, Natasha was promoted to the new role of General Manager, Programs & Indigenous Leadership. She now oversees all of Wunan’s programs in housing, education and employment, as well as leading policy development, governance training and leadership programs. Natasha has been a manager with Wunan since 2013, and prior to this she served as a Director on the Wunan Board. A descendant of the Djaru people, Natasha’s original home town is Halls Creek, but she’s spent most of her life in Kununurra. Natasha strongly believes that education is the doorway to a prosperous future for Aboriginal people.  She has worked extensively across the Kimberley region in the areas of justice and education, supporting Indigenous people to broaden their horizons and benefit from the opportunities that modern Australia has to offer.   Read More.
Oct 1 2015
Wunan’s Transitional Housing team spent three days in the town signing up the participants and  beginning to build relationships with them as part of Wunan’s provision of wrap-around support services. According to the team, there was a real buzz of excitement in Halls Creek on the day tenants moved in, with one moved to say “I am blessed” as she entered her new home. Transitional Housing Support Officer, Tracy Richards, said “It was brilliant to be there working with these fantastic people. I felt so proud to be a little part of their journey towards financial independence and home ownership.” The construction of the first fifteen Transitional Houses in Halls Creek was made possible through a partnership between the Kimberley Development Commission (KDC), the Halls Creek Housing group and the Department of Housing (DoH). The KDC facilitated the project and Royalties for Regions funding, DoH provided the land and constructed the housing, and […]   Read More.
Oct 1 2015
Debbie Cain with DiplomasWith the support of Wunan Foundation, several members of staff began Double Diploma studies at Kimberley Training Institute a couple of years ago. Debbie Cain, Wunan’s Manager Housing Services, was recently the first of the group to graduate with Double Diplomas in Business and Management. This is a great achievement and a tribute to Debbie’s dedication and commitment to her studies, despite working full-time in a demanding role at Wunan Foundation. Congratulations Debbie!   Read More.
Oct 1 2015
EKAAAs 2015 Marcia Langton AMAt an elegant event under the stars in Kununurra recently, the biennial Aboriginal Achievement Awards (EKAAAs) were presented to some extraordinary local Aboriginal achievers. Around 350 people, including a State Minister and several Federal MPs, came together to recognise and celebrate the great work that Aboriginal people and organisations are doing in the East Kimberley. Professor Marcia Langton AM, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal scholars, delivered a thought-provoking speech, commending the Aboriginal leadership of the East Kimberley on their vision and determination to bring change to the region. Wunan warmly congratulates all nominees and winners and wishes them all the best for the future. Click here to read more about the winners and their achievements.   Read More.
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Oct 1 2015
Sandra outside Wunan House Proudly owned and operated by Wunan Foundation,  Wunan House B&B won Business of the Year 2015 at the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Sandra Lyndon, Wunan House B&B Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Wunan Foundation. Wunan House B&B provides unique, friendly bed & breakfast accommodation in a peaceful setting – just minutes from the heart of Kununurra and has been consistently rated ‘Excellent’ on Trip Advisor, with all reviews mentioning the quality of the accommodation and the warm, welcoming atmosphere. When you’re next in Kununurra, we’d be pleased to welcome you to Wunan House B&B – your home away from home in the beautiful East Kimberley.   Read More.