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Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Jan 29 2020
Burraluba Yura Ngurra Workers’ Hostel in Halls Creek is a program delivered by Wunan with the funding from The Department of Communities. Located 10km outside of the town of Halls Creek, the hostel provides its residents with a beautiful place to stay and a range of facilities to excel in their employment or training endeavours. The hostel provides accommodation for residents in the form of single and family units and offers a number of support services to improve the lives of its residents. The hostel has been the home of Coreen Butters for the past 6 months. Coreen has been an employee of the Department of Child Protection (DCP) for many years and had relocated to Burraluba Workers’ Hostel with her three daughters. Burraluba Hostel supports its residents by providing transportation to and from school for their children. When Coreen’s family first moved in to the hostel, the two younger […]   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.
Feb 28 2019
Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing and Housing Hub has secured new funding from the Department of Social Services that now enables us to provide Emergency Relief assistance free of charge to assist eligible clients in immediate need of support. People in financial crisis, unable to pay their bills or at imminent risk of not being able to meet their financial obligations are able to receive Emergency relief support. Considerable staff time has been invested in putting together the comprehensive, winning bid, and developing guidelines around the program so that it works as a capacity building initiative rather than a form of passive welfare.  The new service is inter-connected with existing Wunan services which focus on building self-reliance and helping people pay their bills and reduce the risk of returning to financial crisis situations in future. Financial or material aid may take the form of vouchers for food and clothing, but also extends […]   Read More.
Dec 12 2016
0013-wun_wunan_pathways_images_v1fWunan House B&B shone at an exclusive Sundowner event recently as it threw open its doors to showcase its unique accommodation offering to local business, community and government representatives. The East Kimberley’s only Indigenous owned and operated accommodation, Wunan House B&B has undergone a transformation over the past two years, with the addition of new Indigenous artworks, a stunning door mural, and locally produced Indigenous textiles. Live music by well-known Indigenous singer songwriter, Peter Brandy, set the scene on a balmy East Kimberley evening as guests toured the rooms and found out more about Wunan House B&B. According to Wunan Foundation CEO Christian Zahra, the aim of the event was to let local business and community leaders know just what Wunan House B&B has to offer. “People were clearly surprised at the very high quality of the accommodation and also thrilled to see so much locally produced Indigenous art and […]   Read More.
Dec 12 2016
0013-wun_wunan_pathways_images_v1bDuring an inspiring ceremony attended by his proud family and Wunan staff recently, Justin Mosquito from Halls Creek became the first student from Wunan’s Kimberley Education Excellence Program (KEEP) to graduate Year 12. Not only did Justin reach the milestone of completing Year 12, he stole the show – also winning the Outstanding Trade Student (Automotive) and the Hibberd Award for the student who has shown the greatest resilience and spirit in the face of significant challenge. According to Wunan CEO Christian Zahra, when Justin entered KEEP in 2011 in Year 7, like many Indigenous students in the East Kimberley, he had extremely low levels of literacy and numeracy. “Justin’s reading was assessed at Year 1 level and he was unable to tell the time or comprehend basic mathematics,” Mr Zahra said. “Given how far behind he was when he began in the program, Justin’s successful completion of Year 12 […]   Read More.
Apr 20 2015
IMG_0723 (2)Stage 1 of the Transitional Housing Program supported by Wunan Foundation was officially opened the in Halls Creek on the 9th April, 2015 by Minister for Housing Hon. Colin Holt MLC. A joint venture between the W.A Department of Housing, Community Housing Limited, and the Aboriginal Community of Halls Creek has seen an outstanding effort in the establishment of Transitional Housing with seven 1-2 bedroom homes being built in Smiths Street, Halls Creek. The program is a designed to support Aboriginal people into home ownership and has resulted in significant positive outcomes in Kununurra in that a number of people are now moving towards home ownership in the Kununurra area. The housing project for Halls Creek is a major step forward and builds on Wunan’s Living Change model and has sparked interest of Empowered Communities for boarder delivery supporting Aboriginal Communities across the country. The program in Halls Creek now […]   Read More.