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

  • Shane Webster

    Jawun CEO

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    Shane has played a key role in driving initiatives designed to empower Indigenous Australia to shape their future by choice, not chance. This has included contributions to significant legislative and policy reforms such as the South Australian Constitutional amendment to recognise Aboriginal custodianship of lands and waters and the introduction of SA’s first Aboriginal Business Procurement policy.

    Shane was also a founding member of the Law Society SA, Indigenous Law Student Mentoring Program and in 2018 joined the Don Dunstan Foundation Committee of Management. In 2019 Shane became an Atlantic Senior Fellow for Social Equity and is helping to shape the Indigenous-led response to the 4th industrial revolution and the new economy.

    Shane has Torres Strait Islander, Singaporean and Kiwi ancestry and in 2019 was appointed General Manager – Regions at Jawun.

    To contact Shane, please email: swebster@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.