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Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Jan 9 2020
On the 22nd of November, Northern Minerals held the opening of the new Training Facility in their Browns Range mine site. Executive Chairman Ian Trust and Richard Beeck (Wunan Employment & Training Manager), Hon. Melissa Price MP (Federal Member for Durack) and Mr. Colin McCavana (Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Minerals) attended the ceremony. The training facility structure was constructed by Wunan Maintenance Services, in partnership with Thermal Comfort Homes. The structure was assembled off-site and freighted to the Browns Range mine site to complete the final installations. The Northern Minerals mine site is centred around the Browns Range Dome and covers an area exceeding 3500 square kilometres. The site is highly prospective for heavy rare earth (HRE) mineralisation and has the potential for further discoveries. Wunan’s Employment & Training division has partnered with Northern Minerals to deliver a range of 6 week training programs in the near future. These training […]   Read More
Dec 11 2019
The Halls Creek Child and Parent Centre (CPC) has gone live with the Remote Opshop Project. This is a new initiative driven by the parents of the CPC, with the aim of generating independent funding for everyday necessities at the centre as well as to provide their families with clothing and shoes. The Remote Opshop Project provides support to remote Aboriginal communities across Australia by generating independent funding that can be used to address a myriad of local community needs. The initiative to reduce waste and to promote reusing allows remote communities to make the most of the limited resources they have. With an online network which connects donors with community groups, the costs of overheads, infrastructure, administration and transportation are reduced. At this starting stage, the Halls Creek CPC will not have a physical store but will be holding sales when they have accumulated enough donations. The remoteness of […]   Read More
Dec 4 2019
Born out of necessity to provide high quality accounting and financial services to local Indigenous businesses and community groups, iBase has seen some impressive growth over the years. In addition to providing innovative accounting solutions, iBase has been working towards digitising their record keeping to minimise the usage of paper in their organisation. According to the National Waste Report, 2018, the decline of newspaper circulation and the digitisation of information was partially responsible for a decline in the amount of paper and cardboard waste that ended up in Australian landfills over the last decade (Industry Edge 2018). ‘At this point, we can’t go fully paperless.’ Said David Selvendra, founder and Business Services Manager of iBase. ‘This is not going to be an overnight change but a long-term journey towards predominantly digitised record keeping and communication’. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, going digital has proven to be beneficial for […]   Read More
Topic: iBase
Oct 30 2019
The Wunan Financial Hub received an award at the Financial Counselling Australia Western Australia (FCAWA) Conference Dinner held on October 22nd in Perth. Tanya Hill, our Financial Hub Program Manager, along with financial counsellor Tevita Naroba and financial capability worker Lawrence Hagan attended the event to represent Wunan Foundation at the conference. Simone McGucrk, Minister for Community Services, Children’s Interest and Women’s Interest presented the award which recognised the Big Super Day Out event held earlier this year in July. The Big Super Day Out event was co-hosted by First Nation Foundation (FNF) and managed to find the highest ever recorded amount of reclaimed superannuation of $2.57 million, for Indigenous people in the Kimberley region in one day. ‘It’s great to be recognised for the work we’ve done’, said Tanya Hill, Manager of Wunan Financial Wellbeing & Housing Services, ‘we would like to thank First Nation Foundation for partnering with […]   Read More
Jul 26 2019
Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing team recently worked with a dedicated team of superannuation industry volunteers and the First Nations Foundation‘s Big Super Day out team to bring the first event of its kind to the East Kimberley. The First Nations Foundation is dedicated to achieving economic freedom for Aboriginal people across Australia. They have been hosting Big Super Day Out events since 2014, predominantly in the Eastern states. Wunan’s Financial Counsellor initially discussed the idea of hosting a Big Super Day Out in Kununurra when they were attending an ATSI Network function in 2017 at a Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) conference. Wunan’s Financial Counsellors were excited and initially hoped to host the event in Kununurra in 2018, however, the logistics and funds required pushed the timeline out to 2019. Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing Hub focussed on working with community partners Ngnowar Aerwah in Wyndham, Warmun Arts Centre and Kalumburu’s EKJP team to […]   Read More
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