Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
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.
May 23 2019
PaCE Parents and Community Engagement The PaCE team are excited to share some of our achievements for 2019 so far, we have hit the ground running and have not stopped! This year the PaCE program has a new team: Sadella Nocketta (PaCE Coordinator) Killie Garlett (Senior Support worker) Cylia Tait (Support Worker) As well as access to a casual pool of staff provided by Wunan Foundation to ensure PaCE provides a consistent quality service. The PaCE programs provide a variety of services such as; Supporting parents and families with transport to and from school; Healthy meals for breakfast and lunch as required; Advocating for families with services in the areas of housing; Financial literacy; Health and wellbeing; Connecting families to other services which enrich their lifestyles. Celebrations PaCE is proud to share the news that two of our students received awards for their efforts towards their school work last term. […]   Read More.
May 10 2019
Wunan was successful in securing a grant through the Building Better Regions Funding to produce a Five-Year Strategic Plan on increasing Indigenous Female Leadership in the East Kimberley. A two-day camp was held recently at Lake Argyle to discuss the barriers and deterrents resulting in women not occupying leadership roles in their community more frequently. Roles such as CEO positions, Board positions and business owner aspirations could potentially offer great benefits to the East Kimberley region if current barriers are addressed and women given the appropriate support required to see positive changes happen within Indigenous communities, through the empowerment and acknowledgement of the value of women’s perspective and experiences and their ability to influence positive change. Wunan engaged Natasha Short of Kimberley (Birds) Jiyigas to lead the project which was supported by six East Kimberley Indigenous women attending the camp to offer their valuable personal insights and thoughts on how […]   Read More.
Apr 25 2019
Quiet Achiever ~ Wunan Driver Trainer Douglas Winton. Doug is Wunan’s Driver Trainer and has had some great results in the first four months of 2019. Since January this year, he has been very successful in assisting a number of Aboriginal people to address a number of barriers stopping them from gaining their licences, the barriers range from lack of access to paperwork such as appropriate identification and outstanding fines which may be preventing the application for a Driver’s Licence. Doug provides all of his clients with support for each step of the application process, he demonstrates great empathy and understanding and supports people through each step, from the basics, which includes helping them get online to practice for their theory tests, as well as teaching road rules such as appropriate restraints for children in the vehicles through to the practical side of driving, and anything else they need to […]   Read More.