Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Feb 5 2015
DEEP 2015 - DBy Programs and Partnerships Manager, Natasha Short All 12 students are back on deck after their Christmas break and some hiccups in returning to Dural. We have 6 boys and 6 girls at the house (most of whom are from Halls Creek) which keeps the place buzzing with continual activity. This year, one of our original 2011 students, Justin Mosquito, will begin a carpentry trade in Sydney. Justin entered the program reading at a basic level only, but continues to inspire his peers and those around him with his progress, an example of what can be achieved with the right opportunity. Dural houseparents, Jeff and Marilyn Smith, remain fully committed to the students and the overall vision of the program, they are doing an outstanding job and bring a fantastic set of skills and qualities to this unique role. Evident is the potential and individuality of ALL our students, whom […]   Read More.
Topic: Education
Jan 13 2015
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFind out what’s happening in Children’s Services across the Region through the development of the Kimberley Children’s Services Plan. Read here: Kimberley Children’s Services Plan_Newsletter Issue 1 December 2014   Read More.
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Rowena_AlexanderMother of three, I’ve lived in Kununurra most of my life and also spent time in the West Kimberley and other parts of Australia growing up. I’m Gooniyandi from my Mother’s side and Ngarringman from my maternal Grandfather’s side with lots of family in Victoria. My family is quite multicultural with both Philippine and Javanese brothers and sister. I’ve been with Jawun for around three months as Regional Director and I’m thoroughly enjoying the role. My role involves working with Jawun’s corporate and government partners to assist local Aboriginal organisations to increase capacity and capabilities. Jawun’s placed-based approach sees partners ‘second’ or ‘lend’ some of their best people to the East Kimberley to work on projects for six weeks at a time. My role is rewarding and I love that I get to work with the Wunan team and meet lots of new people from different backgrounds, who are really […]   Read More.
Topic: Wunan
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Brenda_GarstoneBrenda Garstone is Jaru woman who grew up in Halls Creek which is located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. Brenda Garstone is married with four children and has resided in Kununurra for the past 8 years. Brenda completed primary school in Halls Creek and attended high school in Perth. She Graduated at University of Western Australia, Perth with a Bachelor of Arts Degree -Double Major in Anthropology and History and minor in Political Science. Brenda is now currently undertaking further studies to complete a dual diploma in business administration and management. Brenda has worked in Aboriginal Health, Indigenous Women’s issues and Child Protection over the past 20 years. Her work experience includes community development, regional coordination of service delivery, project management, policy and program development. Brenda enjoys camping with family and friends. Her passion is to see Aboriginal people become self-determined and become empowered […]   Read More.
Topic: Wunan
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Transitional_Housing_Halls_Creek_West_Kimberley15 new Transitional Homes are being built in Halls Creek! Work is well under way with the first eight houses almost finished and the other seven anticipated to be built in February 2015.  We have currently had two community meetings which have gone well and the induction process for future tenants has begun; a process that has been very rewarding  for all involved.  The WA Department of Housing and Community Housing Limited have worked in partnership with us through this process as the same model that has been so successful in Kununurra is replicated.  The Halls Creek community are very excited by the project and the opportunity for some to significantly improve their housing arrangements while working toward their long term objectives of home ownership. Wunan will soon start recruiting support staff. An additional 60 Transitional Homes are also in development in the West Kimberley; 20 in Derby and 40 […]   Read More.
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_East_Kimberley_Job_PathwaysEast Kimberley Job Pathways (EKJP) is a joint venture between Wunan and East Kimberley CDEP. EKJP operates the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) and we have previously reported the challenges of getting the business up and running and the program implemented. However 18 months on, the organisation is well established and starting to deliver the results envisaged. A representative of Prime Minister  & Cabinet recently met with the EKJP Board and reported that EKJP’s performance was above average, that compliance was robust, and the organisation was well run.This was a strong endorsement for CEO Sandra Mitchell who is, sadly, moving on; to be replaced by Trevor Halamicek who is charged with taking EKJP to the next level. While the RJCP has its challenges , Wunan is focussed on delivering real outcomes on the ground; engaging with, upskilling and encouraging people into permanent employment and driving toward a reduction in […]   Read More.