Wunan News News & Updates from the field
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.
Sep 28 2016
Wunan’s Pathway to Home Ownership program has taken off, with five local Aboriginal families having purchased their own homes since it commenced. Several other families have had their loan applications approved and are now viewing properties for sale, while others are awaiting approval of their applications. 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
With 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.