Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Dec 4 2019
Born out of necessity to provide high quality accounting and financial services to local Indigenous businesses and community groups, iBase has seen some impressive growth over the years. In addition to providing innovative accounting solutions, iBase has been working towards digitising their record keeping to minimise the usage of paper in their organisation. According to the National Waste Report, 2018, the decline of newspaper circulation and the digitisation of information was partially responsible for a decline in the amount of paper and cardboard waste that ended up in Australian landfills over the last decade (Industry Edge 2018). ‘At this point, we can’t go fully paperless.’ Said David Selvendra, founder and Business Services Manager of iBase. ‘This is not going to be an overnight change but a long-term journey towards predominantly digitised record keeping and communication’. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, going digital has proven to be beneficial for […]   Read More
Topic: iBase
Oct 30 2019
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. ‘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 […]   Read More
Jul 26 2019
Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing team recently worked with a dedicated team of superannuation industry volunteers and the First Nations Foundation‘s Big Super Day out team to bring the first event of its kind to the East Kimberley. The First Nations Foundation is dedicated to achieving economic freedom for Aboriginal people across Australia. They have been hosting Big Super Day Out events since 2014, predominantly in the Eastern states. Wunan’s Financial Counsellor initially discussed the idea of hosting a Big Super Day Out in Kununurra when they were attending an ATSI Network function in 2017 at a Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) conference. Wunan’s Financial Counsellors were excited and initially hoped to host the event in Kununurra in 2018, however, the logistics and funds required pushed the timeline out to 2019. Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing Hub focussed on working with community partners Ngnowar Aerwah in Wyndham, Warmun Arts Centre and Kalumburu’s EKJP team to […]   Read More
Jul 18 2019
Wunan recently welcomed their new CEO on board, Mr Viane Watson replaces former CEO Jim Lewis after health issues saw him tender his resignation in late 2018. Mr Watson has arrived in Kununurra with a diverse professional background which includes local government, health, bodies corporate (Strata), indigenous incorporations, the education sector and running and managing his own international business. Having previously spent time in the West Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing, whilst working for the Kurungal Council, and in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory whilst working for the Lajamanu Community Council, Mr Watson is acutely aware of the challenges Aboriginal people face when it comes to embracing the opportunities their non-Aboriginal counterparts in regional and remote Australia take for granted. Mr Watson holds a post graduate Diploma in Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and describes himself as a generalist manager who specialises in governance, […]   Read More
May 24 2019
The East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2019 date has been set and we are now accepting nominations for the awards! If you know someone special in your community, this is your chance to show them how much you appreciate them and the amazing work they do! Please download your 2019 Nomination Pack HERE. Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 5th July 2019   Read More
May 23 2019
Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing Hub and Housing Services have started 2019 on a positive note, rolling out the new emergency relief and material aid program, aimed at assisting people in financial crisis who are in vulnerable situations and cannot pay their bills. Wunan support services are receiving a high number of clients through agency referrals. Wunan programs are building strong partnerships with Kununurra District High School and St Joseph’s Primary School to promote and encourage school attendance and embedding early learning through basic financial education into the schools which will benefit school children later in life. Wunan has established a good relationship with the community and people who access the support service to build their financial capability and resilience. Our partnership with First Nation Foundation will see the East Kimberley’s first Big Super Day Out event, scheduled to be held in Kununurra on 16th July 2019 at Whitegum Park.  The Big […]   Read More