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Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Jul 18 2019
Wunan recently welcomed their new CEO on board, Mr Viane Watson replaces former CEO Jim Lewis after health issues saw him tender his resignation in late 2018. Mr Watson has arrived in Kununurra with a diverse professional background which includes local government, health, bodies corporate (Strata), indigenous incorporations, the education sector and running and managing his own international business. Having previously spent time in the West Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing, whilst working for the Kurungal Council, and in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory whilst working for the Lajamanu Community Council, Mr Watson is acutely aware of the challenges Aboriginal people face when it comes to embracing the opportunities their non-Aboriginal counterparts in regional and remote Australia take for granted. Mr Watson holds a post graduate Diploma in Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and describes himself as a generalist manager who specialises in governance, […]   Read More.
May 24 2019
The East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2019 date has been set and we are now accepting nominations for the awards! If you know someone special in your community, this is your chance to show them how much you appreciate them and the amazing work they do! Please download your 2019 Nomination Pack HERE. Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 5th July 2019   Read More.
May 10 2019
Wunan was successful in securing a grant through the Building Better Regions Funding to produce a Five-Year Strategic Plan on increasing Indigenous Female Leadership in the East Kimberley. A two-day camp was held recently at Lake Argyle to discuss the barriers and deterrents resulting in women not occupying leadership roles in their community more frequently. Roles such as CEO positions, Board positions and business owner aspirations could potentially offer great benefits to the East Kimberley region if current barriers are addressed and women given the appropriate support required to see positive changes happen within Indigenous communities, through the empowerment and acknowledgement of the value of women’s perspective and experiences and their ability to influence positive change. Wunan engaged Natasha Short of Kimberley (Birds) Jiyigas to lead the project which was supported by six East Kimberley Indigenous women attending the camp to offer their valuable personal insights and thoughts on how […]   Read More.
Feb 28 2019
This year has started off with some promising news on funding and services that Wunan will continue to deliver or begin to deliver to build capacity and improve the lives of people in the East Kimberley.   Funding Wunan has successfully renewed a number of important service agreements and contracts this year, including the Remote School Attendance Strategy, Child and Parent Centres, Jobs and Skills Centres, Financial Wellbeing Hub, and PaCE. The board appreciate the amount of detailed work that needs to go into a successful tenders and submissions. Following a recent independent evaluation, negotiations for a new Pipeline to Transitional Housing contract with the Department of Communities are well advanced.   Wunan has been successful in securing a ‘Proceeds of Crime’ (Confiscated Property) Grant from the Department of Justice to support the Youth Hub in Halls Creek, subject to certain conditions. The Financial Wellbeing and Housing Hub has also been […]   Read More.
Feb 28 2019
In May 2018, under the sponsorship of John Scougall (GM Programs) and Barry King (Manager Leadership and Governance), Wunan Foundation identified a selection of employees with leadership potential to undertake a Diploma of Leadership and Management course. The program was designed to develop core leadership skills and management capability within the team, in order to help support the growth of Wunan Foundation and the increasing complexity of the organisation as more programs are commenced. Wunan’s General Manager of Services, John Scougall said, “Feedback from participants about the quality of the course has been very positive.” “Wunan believes that courses such as this are essential to bring through the next generation of Team Leaders and Managers equipped to make a difference.” Vocational Training Services, a respected regionally-focused Registered Training Organisation, was engaged to design and deliver the program to staff over a 12 to 15 month period.  Areas of focus in […]   Read More.