Grow the music – The Open Exchange

Grow the music – The Open Exchange

Ten years ago Lizzy Rutten was working as a surgery theatre technician in her home city of Canberra. Life changed for the thirty four year old musician when she first came to the Kimberley for a visit in 2009. She would return a further three times, staying for a...

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Trust at ground zero – The Open Exchange

Trust at ground zero – The Open Exchange

It was Jack Trust’s funeral. Several hundred people were filling the community hall in the East Kimberley community of Wuggubun. Many had known the Indigenous leader personally, while others had driven out bush to show solidarity and support for the Trust family,...

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Being Joongara – The Culture Exchange

Being Joongara – The Culture Exchange

It was a weekday night when Giancarlo Mazzella arrived at home to find a young Gija girl sitting on his doorstep. He wasn’t to know that she had already been waiting for two hours for him. Mazzella would be asked to accompany the young girl to her auntie’s home. It...

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Where to for Dwayne – Open Futures

Where to for Dwayne – Open Futures

Dwayne is a teenager from remote north-west Australia. If you find his community where it rests just outside the regional town of Kununurra and take a right at the giant crocodile that greets you with its fixed expression at the entry to the town from the Northern...

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Reclaiming Aspiration – Open Futures

Reclaiming Aspiration – Open Futures

Watching kids of the East Kimberley go about their life in community, one gets a rather uncomfortable front row seat to the wide disparity that exists between aspiration and opportunity. One might add another element into the pool, that ethereal creature: potential....

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Emerging leadership – The Open Exchange

Emerging leadership – The Open Exchange

After graduating from high school, Kununurra resident Natasha Short enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves. It was a decision that would ultimately shape the next twenty years of her life, during which time the young mother of two would become a highly sought after...

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