East Kimberley

Working with the Community

Key partner organisations in East Kimberley include the following:  

  • Binarri-binyja Yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation 
  • Gelganyem Limited (Gelganyem Trust) 
  • Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation 
  • MG Corp 
  • Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre 
  • Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Waringarri Aboriginal Arts 
  • Wunan 

Communities supported include Kununurra and Wyndham. 


Regional Contacts

  • Shane Ross

    Jawun Regional Director, East Kimberley

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    Shane joined Jawun as Regional Director for the East Kimberley in February 2021.

    Before joining Jawun, Shane was owner-operator of an international expedition and nature photography business, spending most of his time guiding clients on mobile safaris across Africa. Throughout his 16-year career Shane has worked in various roles across the Environment / Conservation and Tourism industries, spanning five continents, specializing in conservation of threatened species, working with critical volunteer projects and coordinating remote area operations.

    Shane has a degree in Environmental Management, is a qualified nature guide in Australia and Africa and has a suite of skills and qualifications from heavy vehicle operation to animal tracking. He was the recipient of an Australian of the Year Achievement Award in 2011 for his rapid response efforts in the aftermath of severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi; he grew up and worked across Cape York and the Torres Straits for most of his life and has developed close relationships with people throughout those regions; and has most recently worked closely with a diversity of partners and cultures across southern and East Africa.

    Shane completed a Jawun Secondment from Downer in August 2014, working on an Ecosystem Services Brokerage project with Cape York Partnerships.

    To contact Shane, please email: sross@jawun.org.au

  • Tyronne Garstone

    Jawun General Manager, Regions

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    Tyronne Garstone commenced with Jawun as General Manager Regions on 26 October 2020.

    Tyronne brings a wealth of experience in the Indigenous sector and his knowledge of remote communities and their priorities is invaluable to Jawun.

    Born in Broome, Tyronne is a Bardi Man who has spent the majority of his working life within the Indigenous sector. Tyronne worked for several years as the Chief Executive Officer for Kullarri Regional Community Development Employment Project before taking up a role as the Community Engagement Officer for Pluton Resources.

    Most recently, Tyronne was the Deputy CEO at the Kimberley Land Council.  He has acquired strong local relationships throughout the Kimberley during his years residing and working in the region and has sat on numerous committees at all tiers of government.

    With a background in Indigenous training, employment solutions, social and economic development, Tyronne is keen on brokering opportunities that will deliver sustainable outcomes for the next generation.

    To contact Tyronne, please email: tgarstone@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.