East Kimberley

Working with the Community

The main focus of Jawun’s work to date in the East Kimberley has been Wunan Foundation, a not-for-profit Aboriginal development organisation. However, Jawun also partners with a number of other Indigenous organisations in the region, including:

  • Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Incorporated
  • Gelganyem Trust
  • Kimberley Group Training
  • Warmun Council
  • Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation
  • Jungarni Jutiya

Regional Contacts

  • Michele Pucci

    Jawun Regional Director, East Kimberley

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    Michele has extensive experience in program development, management, strategy planning as well as a real commitment to creating positive change within communities. She has worked with two of the lead organisations in the East Kimberley, Wunan and Gelganyem, and now proudly takes on the role as Regional Director with Jawun to continue her focus on creating positive social and economic change in the region through partnerships and collaboration.

    Michele has held a range of strategic positions in the Kimberley such as Chair of Regional Development Australia – Kimberley, 7 years as a Shire Councillor including 3 years as Shire President for the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, Board member for the Kimberley Development Commission, Kimberley Training Institute and is currently the vice chair of the East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce.

    To contact Michele, please email: mpucci@jawun.org.au

  • Rose Manzini

    Jawun General Manager, Remote Regions

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    After spending the majority of her career in Indigenous affairs across Australia, Rose returned to her hometown of Cairns to support the Cape York Welfare Reform program, completing two years with Cape York Partnerships as their CEO. Rose was appointed as the Jawun Cape York Regional Director in June 2009, and in July 2012 took on the role of General Manager, Remote Regions in line with Jawun’s expanded presence across Australia.

    Rose’s career began in the mining industry in the Torres Straits and New Guinea before she transitioned to Indigenous affairs. Since then, Rose has had numerous roles with the Australian Government throughout the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Cape York and Tasmania, living and working in remote communities.

    Rose has an Industrial Science Degree from James Cook University, a Diploma in Public Sector Management, and a MBA with James Cook University.

    To contact Rose, please email: rmanzini@jawun.org.au

Case Studies

Case studies show how Jawun secondees have achieved real results. If you are interested to learn more about Jawun's work in this region, click on the case studies below.