Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Brenda_GarstoneBrenda Garstone is Jaru woman who grew up in Halls Creek which is located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. Brenda Garstone is married with four children and has resided in Kununurra for the past 8 years. Brenda completed primary school in Halls Creek and attended high school in Perth. She Graduated at University of Western Australia, Perth with a Bachelor of Arts Degree -Double Major in Anthropology and History and minor in Political Science. Brenda is now currently undertaking further studies to complete a dual diploma in business administration and management. Brenda has worked in Aboriginal Health, Indigenous Women’s issues and Child Protection over the past 20 years. Her work experience includes community development, regional coordination of service delivery, project management, policy and program development. Brenda enjoys camping with family and friends. Her passion is to see Aboriginal people become self-determined and become empowered […]   Read More
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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_East_Kimberley_Job_PathwaysEast Kimberley Job Pathways (EKJP) is a joint venture between Wunan and East Kimberley CDEP. EKJP operates the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) and we have previously reported the challenges of getting the business up and running and the program implemented. However 18 months on, the organisation is well established and starting to deliver the results envisaged. A representative of Prime Minister  & Cabinet recently met with the EKJP Board and reported that EKJP’s performance was above average, that compliance was robust, and the organisation was well run.This was a strong endorsement for CEO Sandra Mitchell who is, sadly, moving on; to be replaced by Trevor Halamicek who is charged with taking EKJP to the next level. While the RJCP has its challenges , Wunan is focussed on delivering real outcomes on the ground; engaging with, upskilling and encouraging people into permanent employment and driving toward a reduction in […]   Read More
Dec 8 2014
Wunan_Indigenous_Advancement_StrategyThe Commonwealth Government has consolidated all Indigenous programs into 5 areas of strategic priority, and recently opened a funding round for applications for programs commencing in 2015. Wunan submitted 7 requests; for programs aligned to both Government objectives and our own strategy for reform. Some were to continue current programs that are delivering results while threatened with closure due to short term funding cycles. Other new initiatives were proposed that will support long term change and improved outcomes for Aboriginal people. An evaluation mechanism was proposed for each funding application, recognising that measurable impact is essential; not only in the context of value for money, but also to ensure programs are actually delivering the outcomes intended. Wunan does not subscribe to the continued layering on of passive service delivery, and thus expects to be accountable for creating sustainable outcomes. Funding applied for under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy was as follows: […]   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
Nov 3 2014
Kununurra Medical Health Assessments  As part of Kununurra Medical’s holistic approach to health care, we encourage early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions that cause considerable morbidity and early mortality. See the team at Kununurra Medical who can offer the following Health Assessments: Healthy Kids Check (for children who have or are receiving their 4yr old immunisation) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Checks Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessments (for 40-49yr olds) Health Assessments for those at risk of developing a chronic disease  (for 45-49 yr olds) Health Assessments for older people (aged 75 yrs and over) Health Assessments for people with an intellectual disability   *All health assessments are bulk billed with Medicare* To book an appointment simply call 9168 1001 Download Flyer here: Kununurra Medical_Health Assessments Kununurra Medical Centre, Coolibah Health Centre, 96 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WA 6743   Read More