Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Feb 16 2015
Wunan Foundation’s, Transitional Housing Program would like to take this opportunity in thanking their partnership sponsors National Australia Bank Limited and the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Aboriginal Community Critical Response Fund (ACCRF) for the funding commitment for the Indigenous Money Mentors Position. With the help of both these organisations Wunan’s Transitional Housing Program’s Indigenous Money Mentors Position is established to help the Indigenous people of the East Kimberley. Although funded and supported by NAB’s Indigenous Finance and Development Team, Indigenous Money Mentors (IMM’s) are independent. They are hosted in a Community Partner organisation and they provide financial counselling and support however they do not provide mainstream banking products nor do they provide financial advice on investments or insurance. The Indigenous Money Mentors Program gives the Kimberley communities a greater understanding of budgets and gives financial support to help them development the understanding of a better life for their families […]   Read More.
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Transitional_Housing_Halls_Creek_West_Kimberley15 new Transitional Homes are being built in Halls Creek! Work is well under way with the first eight houses almost finished and the other seven anticipated to be built in February 2015.  We have currently had two community meetings which have gone well and the induction process for future tenants has begun; a process that has been very rewarding  for all involved.  The WA Department of Housing and Community Housing Limited have worked in partnership with us through this process as the same model that has been so successful in Kununurra is replicated.  The Halls Creek community are very excited by the project and the opportunity for some to significantly improve their housing arrangements while working toward their long term objectives of home ownership. Wunan will soon start recruiting support staff. An additional 60 Transitional Homes are also in development in the West Kimberley; 20 in Derby and 40 […]   Read More.
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Darwin_Vibe_Adina_HotelWunan has recently invested in the Darwin Vibe Adina Hotel. Indigenous Business Australia is a co-owner of this landmark property on the Darwin Waterfront, (along with DCW Hospitality Pty. Ltd.) and Wunan has acquired 10% of IBA’s holding. This reflects IBA’s mandate to create investment opportunities for Indigenous organisations. For Wunan the investment in the Vibe Adina allows us to further diversify our portfolio and acquire a well performing asset. Our other partnership with IBA, the Indigenous Real Estate Investment Trust, is also doing well; thus we benefit from their expertise and experience in our endeavours to ensure the future for Wunan. The transaction turned out to be extremely complicated, for us at least, and we gratefully acknowledge the support of Allens law firm in helping us complete the investment.   Read More.
Oct 1 2014
Wunan_House_Bed_And_BreakfastWunan House is now open for business as a Bed & Breakfast. It has been fully renovated and offers 9 en-suite rooms for as little as $90 per night, including continental breakfast. Wunan House offers an excellent standard of accommodation at an affordable price. With a choice of Queen or Twin bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom and all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay. Common areas provide a relaxing environment to enjoy breakfast, meet with other guests and our Indigenous staff, or catch up on some work. BOOK NOW!   Read More.
Aug 20 2014
Workforce Development Centre Client, Cherie Bush in her current role at WunanCherie Bush was passionate about accounting and eager to gain employment within the accounting sector. She decided the first step towards her goal was to update and refresh her resume and so she did at the Workforce Development Centre. It was during this process that Lina, Career Advisor at the Workforce Development Centre, realised Cherie’s great attitude, experience and skills could be utilised within any finance team and approached Wunan’s accounts’ department on her behalf. As a result of this Cherie was able to secure a position and commenced her role as Trainee Accounts Coordinator at Wunan two weeks later. She has since settled in well at Wunan. Cherie and her partner, Jacob, have since applied for Wunan’s Transitional Housing Program and have been successful in that also. Their family look forward to moving into their new home in the very near future     Read More.
Jun 30 2014
Transitional Housing wins another award! Given by the Institute of Public Administration Australia the award is for Best Practice in Collaboration Across Government. The award was granted to Wunan, Dept. of Housing and Community Housing Limited in the East Kimberley Development Package (EKDP) Transitional Housing Program. The Institute of Public Administration Australia said of the program: “The East Kimberley Development Package (EKDP) Transitional Housing Program, developed in 2012 in consultation with The Wunan Foundation (Wunan), provides stable, affordable housing to motivated Aboriginal people to help develop independence and take a significant step towards creating personal wealth and achieving home ownership. Program participants must be engaged in employment or training, ensure children attend school regularly and participate in the associated support program. Across the State, Aboriginal student attendance rates are 77% and 68% for the Kimberley Region. Children participating in the Program have an average of 90% attendance since commencement. The […]   Read More.