Wunan News News & Updates from the field
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
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.
Dec 8 2014
East 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.