Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Sep 18 2012
On Monday 17 September there was an article on Wunan’s Dural House (Sydney NSW).  Congratulations Jamie, Tracy and kids. Boarding gives kids view outside the box EACH weekday morning in a sprawling house on Sydney’s leafy outskirts, a group of Aboriginal children emerge from their bedrooms at the crack of dawn, already smartly dressed in their school uniforms.   Read More
Topic: Education
Sep 18 2012
Ian Trust was interviewed by the Australian last week in Sydney on Living Change and Wunan.  This interview was subsequently followed by a visit to Halls Creek by the writer to ‘see for themselves’ and further enhance the message of the article they were writing.  The article was published in the Weekend Australian on Saturday 15 September. “WESTERN Australia’s East Kimberley is poised to become the first region outside of Cape York to institute a radical program of Aboriginal-led welfare reform, as community leaders push a social responsibility agenda that ‘‘rewards those who are willing to help themselves’’. MARIE NIRME Halls Creek’s Angie Bedford with grandchildren, from left, Luke Bedford Jnr, 4, Emyliarn Bedford-McGinty, 5, Douglas Dolby Jnr, 3, and Charlotte Bedford, 8   Read More
Sep 14 2012
Big Celebrations in the Wunan Office today with our first Transitional Housing tenants receiving the keys to their new home…… Norman and Tracy had tears in their eyes and could not express enough how lucky they feel to have this opportunity. They have grand plans for their garden and cannot wait to settle in and make their house a home. Congratulations to them both!   Read More
Sep 10 2012
Up early on Thursday morning, Wunan staff set off to Warmun for the much anticipated Gija Day held on Thursday the 30th of September. It promised to be a day of celebration and it delivered; with entertainment such as spear throwing, boomerang throwing and Stockman’s race to name a few. The spear throwing competitions were very enjoyable and skilful (targets were paper mache’ kangaroo, emu, and snake), and there were many very good hits. This was followed by the boomerang throwing competition and the Stockman’s race with a Kimberley twist. The competitors had to wake up in their swag, drink their Nullajah (tea), eat their tin beef and do a series of things on the way to the finish line; including carrying their swag, tipping a bucket of water of their head (bogey), painting their faces, dressing in the nagah (loin cloth) and then finish up back in their swag. […]   Read More
Topic: Education
Aug 23 2012
The Halls Creek Children and Family Centre held their first playgroup on 30th July. The playgroup focused on encouraging children to actively make choices within the playgroup to create sense of autonomy and independence whilst working in collaboration with other children, educators and families. The children engaged in activities that encouraged them to respect, care and appreciate the natural environment. This was achieved through role modeling and peer modeling listening. Well done Halls Creek Children and Family Centre!   Read More
Topic: Education
Aug 20 2012
How many kids to you know who want to invite their teachers home to meet their parents?  Well the kids at Burraluba Hostel do. The kids of Burraluba Hostel were so excited about finishing their invitations that when the Hostel Support Worker Carolyn came home from Billiluna in the evening, all the kids came across to talk to her about it and asking if she could help finish their invitations so that they could give them to their teachers the next day.  Carolyn said “They were so enthusiastic that it was impossible to turn them away”. The dinner was a huge success with teachers, parents and students all enjoying one of Burraluba’s famous Barbecue dinners.     Read More