Chairpersons Report

Chairperson’s Report

It’s been another exciting 12 months for Guumbarr. As GJJ members know, Guumbarr Limited is a special purpose trustee company established by Waardi Limited to manage the first lot of monies flowing from Woodside Limited under the Browse Agreement.

More recently, the Land Trust has been very active in the last 12 months to convert benefits from the Agreement into a sustainable housing business, with 7 houses currently available for rent in Broome North and another 6 currently under construction.

The initial funds Guumbarr received back in September 2013 were $14.3 million for assistance programs under the Proponent Benefits Fund (PBF) and $2.6m for the Reading Recovery Program.

Since February 2014, in particular, both funds have been actively involved with their assistance programs. Between July 2015 and June 2016, over 840 assistance program applications have been processed resulting in just over $1 million of PBF funds being spent and a further $1.1 million used to assist both Native Title claim groups. In addition the LAPS program has had some fantastic results (refer to www.Waardi for further details) and the Building Babies Brains (B3) project is looking like it will be a program that will change the 0 – 3 year old health and education outcomes for Kimberley children.

It is pleasing to note that following recommendations from community workshops back in 2011, Guumbarr is now actively managing 7 specialist assistance programs for:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Culture
  • Training
  • Elders
  • Sporting and Arts, and Funerals

Budgets have been allocated to each of these programs and a lot of work has been undertaken to develop workable guidelines to help GJJ members access the programs. The Guumbarr website and brochures provide clear instructions on how to apply for assistance and the eligibility criteria. The Guumbarr Board reviews programs each year and has made changes based on feedback from Waardi Members.

Over the last three years the programs were embraced by GJJ members, and I am expecting all programs to be actively providing benefits in 2017. The Guumbarr Board is particular keen to see GJJ members access the larger programs such as Education and Health Care in 2017.

With the Land Trust, Guumbarr and Waardi have recently been very busy dealing with the original 31 vacant lots at Broome North and negotiating agreements to build houses. 7 houses are now built and a further 6 are under construction. 2016 has been a very exciting year for the Land Trust and we look forward to another active year in 2017.

I would sincerely like to thank my fellow Directors for their excellent team work in 2016. The Guumbarr Board has met on many occasions and all Directors have taken a very keen interest in furthering the objectives of Guumbarr to help the GJJ community. I would also like to give a special thanks to Waardi General Manager Allan Wedderburn and his more than capable staff for their excellent executive assistance to Guumbarr in 2016.

I wish all GJJ members, and all Directors and staff of the Waardi Group, a very Happy Christmas. Lets look forward to another good year for Guumbarr helping community in 2017.

 

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Chris Guille,
Chairman Guumbarr Limited. 

December 2016