Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Jun 8 2020
For decades, Lakeside Resort has been a beloved local establishment and a popular tourist destination in Kununurra. The resort became a part of Wunan Foundation as its 5th Social Enterprise to provide hospitality services and to increase employment and training opportunities in the sector within Kununurra. All profits from Lakeside Resort will be used to fund Wunan’s programs to support its mission to create more opportunities and to provide essential support services for Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley. The current situation with the global pandemic has been especially challenging to the hospitality industry. The resort, together with other establishments in the region, had large numbers of bookings cancelled or postponed due to the travel restrictions. The resort’s restaurant, Sails Bar & Bistro has changed its operations to only offer takeaway and delivered dinner in adherence with current regulations. Prior to the restrictions being put in place, Lakeside Resort joined […]   Read More
May 27 2020
Social Compass, Wunan’s Research and Evaluation Social Enterprise based in Melbourne welcomed two new consultants. Over the past quarter, Social Compass has been busy on a number of projects. Towards the end of 2019, Social Compass relocated to new offices. Kerry Kennell – Senior Consultant Kerry is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman from Ugar (Stephen Island) and Erub (Darnley). Kerry is a respected and experienced consultant, business owner and lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in business, employment relations, contract management, across the construction industry, government and small and large business sectors. Kerry has a rich, expansive skillset including strong knowledge of law, business management, contract and business administration, stakeholder engagement, project management, people and performance. Kerry is a strong advocate for the rights of Torres Strait Islander people and is highly proficient at convening and managing community forums and consultations. Kerry has a passion for the music industry […]   Read More
Feb 12 2020
The Wunan Governance and Leadership Program was evaluated in May 2019. Funded by the NIAA, National Indigenous Australians Agency (formerly PM&C), the Program was established in 2015 with the aim of improving governance, management and operations in participating Aboriginal organisations across the East Kimberley region. While similar programs have existed in the past, the Wunan Governance and Leadership Program is unique in its tailor-made approach to meet the needs of different organisations in remote locations. The evaluation was carried out by Ninti One, an independent evaluator engaged by the NIAA to assess its program providers. Ninti One, a not-for-profit, independent national organisation focused on creating opportunities for the residents of remote Australia through research, innovation and community development, focused on key areas of the program to carry out its evaluation. Since commencement, The Program has provided high quality support for governance within organisations across the East Kimberley and reported fewer […]   Read More
Topic: Leadership
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
Jan 9 2020
On the 22nd of November, Northern Minerals held the opening of the new Training Facility in their Browns Range mine site. Executive Chairman Ian Trust and Richard Beeck (Wunan Employment & Training Manager), Hon. Melissa Price MP (Federal Member for Durack) and Mr. Colin McCavana (Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Minerals) attended the ceremony. The training facility structure was constructed by Wunan Maintenance Services, in partnership with Thermal Comfort Homes. The structure was assembled off-site and freighted to the Browns Range mine site to complete the final installations. The Northern Minerals mine site is centred around the Browns Range Dome and covers an area exceeding 3500 square kilometres. The site is highly prospective for heavy rare earth (HRE) mineralisation and has the potential for further discoveries. Wunan’s Employment & Training division has partnered with Northern Minerals to deliver a range of 6 week training programs in the near future. These training […]   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