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Oct 30 2019

Financial counsellor, Tevita Naroba sharing the stage with the Minister and FCAWA staff at the award ceremony.

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.

Minister for Community Services, Children’s Interest and Women’s Interest presenting the award

Wunan Financial Hub staff with the award.

‘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 us to achieve this great outcome for the Kimberley region. We look forward to making something like this happen again!’

The Financial Hub team enjoyed the FCAWA Conference and took the opportunity to network with other financial organisations in WA. ‘We all work in silos sometimes and often think that the problems we face in the Kimberley are unique,’ Tanya commented, ‘the conference gave us the chance to bounce ideas off each other and to obtain different perspectives on the issues we all encounter.’

The Wunan Financial Hub provides a range of services to help Aboriginal people manage their money and to develop long- term financial capabilities. These services include one-on-one budgeting support, information and coaching, community workshops and financial literacy education and support, every step of the journey.

The Wunan Financial Hub team works closely with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to raise awareness on good quality financial practices and to educate our clients on being more careful with their spending. At the moment, the team has a focus on Kalumburu, where a new cell phone tower was fitted. While this means mobile reception for the remote community for the first time, it makes it necessary for the residents to be educated and made aware of consumer rights and avoiding financial scams.

By providing these financial services to clients and their families, The Wunan Financial Hub aims to equip Aboriginal families and individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to gain control of their finances and to be free from financial stress in the long term.

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