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Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Maria_LovisonMaria Lovison is the new Manager of Ningkuwum-Ngamayuwu Halls Creek Children and Family Centre and has been settling into her new role over the past four months. She grew up on Beagle Bay near Broome, and comes with a wealth of experience in regards to Indigenous Affairs.   Read More.
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Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Jawun_Executive_VisitIn June 2014, Jawun held its annual East Kimberley Executive Visit which included a mix of corporate and government partners, and Indigenous leader from Goulburn Murray, Paul Briggs OAM. We were also honoured to have Fred Chaney AO join us and provide his wealth of experience and insights to Aboriginal challenges. Wunan’s leadership team presented their programs and spoke of the challenges with government commitment with Living Change and social issues in the community (children at risk, employment, addictions, lack of school attendance) that they are addressing, and used the opportunity to discuss these issues with attendees Fred Chaney, Paul Briggs, and corporate delegates.  Paul Briggs also highlighted the common threads and challenges faced in Goulburn Murray region with employment and social norms that need to change and how Empowered Communities is allowing these challenges and learnings to be shared, successfully. All attendees were moved by Wunan’s commitment to community […]   Read More.
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Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Regional_Children_Services_PlanThe Regional Children’s Services Plan is a project, funded by Royalties for Regions under the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund. It is an acknowledgement by Government of the challenges faced by organisations that provide education and care services for children in country areas including the impact of distance, isolation, limited funding and the reliance on community based management committees to manage these services. Over the past six months Wunan have undertaken critical analysis and extensive consultation identifying the specific regional trends for the sector across the Kimberley. Working closely with the Regions Children’s Services Wunan has supported the identification of five key strategic goals. These include: Develop a regional workforce strategy to address the shortage of staff across the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. Establish and support a regional governance group to drive strategies that address issues specifically impacting on the Early Education and Care Sector across the […]   Read More.
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Oct 1 2014
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Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Social_CompassSince acquired by Wunan, Social Compass has continued to grow and be engaged in some exciting projects. In recent months we have completed several evaluations that have included: Community Research Studies for Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing supporting the Commonwealth’s Evaluation of Remote Service Delivery The Indigenous youth Ambassadors Movement for Victoria (Police) Bluelight The Melbourne Victory Community Football Program (in partnership with Red Elephant) The Dianella Community Health Social inclusion Project for the Vietnamese Women’s Association The Training and Education Initiative of the Healing Foundation   We have continued our partnership with Transfield Services, recently evaluating the impact of their Indigenous Employment Strategy on four communities. We also continue to assist organisations develop their Reconciliation Action Plans, recently commencing the Plan for Cardinia Shire Council. We are about to commence work with Concilia on two exciting Indigenous research projects and have several other projects in the pipeline. Dr Jehan […]   Read More.
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Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Aboriginal_Leaders_Respond_Forest_Review“Indigenous man Ray Peters slumps against a hot tin wall at a Kununurra carpark, at the exact spot his granddaughter was stabbed to death a few months ago. His legs point to the blackened blood stains where the young woman fell; the life punctured from her body by a knife to the chest. Sometimes he sits under the commemorative flowers to remember the girl whose name may never be spoken, according to tribal law. Sometimes he drinks to forget. “I am an alcoholic,” the 67-year-old said matter-of-factly. On the other side of the Kimberley town, Daniel McAdams, 7, looks happy and healthy as he plays football with his sisters. Elder sister Kenya, a final year high school student, eschews drugs and alcohol. She dreams of a job on the mines and holds family dear. “I love being with my siblings. It’s all I need,” she said. The two examples are […]   Read More.
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