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Ian Warrener

Chief Executive Officer

“I like delivering the outcomes and helping people get into the work force and become self sufficient. There are a lot of opportunities to build a local pool of skilled labour and no business should feel they’re in it alone because KGT is here to assist.”

Ian has worked with Aboriginal Communities and organisations for many years as a Book-keeper and Administrator. At KGT Ian makes sure that the company outcomes are being met. What he appreciates about the company is that the outcomes are sustainable and that there is a great culture amongst the team members, “Everyone has the same goal of wanting to assist people to get jobs.” His future goal is to improve the quality of the apprenticeships and traineeships on offer so that he can improve outcomes and engage better with other organisations and job networks.

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Rene' Harbers

Field Officer

“I believe that we should make our weaknesses, our strenghts and strenghts stronger. ”

Born in South East Queensland, Rene' has worked and lived in various areas from Derby, New Zealand, Tasmania to The Soloman Islands. He now calls Kununurra home.

Rene' had studied in varies industries which aloud him gain much knowledge and experience as he could. The growth he expects to gain by being with KGT will be almost unmeasurable. Rene' finds that the most rewarding part about being a Field Officer is helping people to make a positive change in their lives. Rene' thrives on challenges and believes that there are no problems, only solutions.

 

Courtney Rogan

Field Officer

“The most rewarding part about my job is being able to get heavily involved with our community and doing everything I can in my power to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams."

Courtney is from Perth and has been living in Kununurra for the last couple of years. She is a qualified hairdresser by trade and also has qualifications in business, tourism and aviation. Courtney is currently enrolled in Counselling and Training and Assessment courses. Her role at KGT involves looking after school-based, trainees and apprentices and strengthening partnerships with current and future host employers.

Despite her challenging role, she takes all the challenges head-on:"I don't see challenges as a bad thing, I see them as an opportunity. And opportunities bring possibilities which are endless." With the help of the whole KGT team, Courtney hopes to develop and grow her skills to become an asset to the organisation.

 

Thomas Farruggia

Boab Lounge Cafe Manager

“I am very excited to be working with KGT and assisting youth in their pathway to success.”

Those flying in and out of Kununurra Airport will recognise Toma's friendly face. Tomas is the Manager of the busy Boab Lounge Cafe, KGT's social enterprise, and has supported KGT's  trainees, apprentices and work experience participants obtain key skills in the Hospitality industry.

Originally from the land of tango, Argentina, Tomas has lived in Kununurra for over two years. "What I like most about Kununurra is how close it is to nature", he says.  Before moving to Australia, Tomas managed cafes and restaurants, mainly in Argentina, but also in Mexico. 

He has found his role with KGT to be a challenging but satisfying one. "The most rewarding aspect of my job is to teach and train people in Hospitality so they can start working somewhere else with confidence and a strong skillset". Tomas finds the delivery of training in a real workplace both stimulating and rewarding, mainly because he has to adapt to different learning curves.  "But it is a learning process that I’m happy to take on". 

"I find myself in an organization that supports and provides all the necessary tools for me to do my job properly, and if any other role or any other project comes up, I’ll be happy to tag along".

Bronwyn Read

Senior Finance Officer

“It is a a great organisation, I like its goals. I think it's definitely needed to help Indigenous people come off welfare and have long term sustainability".

Originally from Victoria, Bronwyn moved to Kununurra several years ago because she loved the weather, the countryside and the people. In the future she would like to keep on working at KGT to help Indigenous people build a healthy and sustainable future. "I am proud to be a part of a company that is able to help youth achieve their goals, especially at risk and disengaged kids."

Bronwyn supervises the day-to-day accounting functions of payroll, debtors, creditors and account reconciliations. Bronwyn has a Degree in Accounting from LaTrobe University. 

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Caroline Constant

Skills Centre Coordinator/Administration Manager

“At KGT I can keep learning and improving myself, I am learning something new every day and that makes me feel motivated. Everyone is friendly and helpful at KGT and it is personally rewarding to work for an organisation where I can be part of the process of helping people kick-start their career."

Caroline enjoys travelling and has travelled from accross the globe to live in Kununurra. Originally from Brazil, Caroline prefers the peaceful landscape of the Kimberley to the noisy streets of Brazil's capital city Rio de Janeiro. "I prefer it here because it's a higher quality of life, you don't waste time commuting, and the landscape is amazing."

Caroline's role has been diverse since her commencement with KGT. From activities related to Business Administration, Marketing and Finance, she is now supporting the running of pre-employment and work-readiness programs for the KGT Skills Centre. Caroline completed studies in Business whilst working at KGT and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy. "I hope to contribute to KGT while going going forward and developing myself as a professional as an individual."

 

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Celine Barnes

Administration Trainee

“I like it that I don't have to sit at a computer all the time to do my work, I can work in different parts of the office and do paperwork, filing, archiving boxes, cleaning and making things neat and tidy. I really enjoy my job because I never run out of tasks/jobs to do so I'm always busy and it makes the day go nice and fast."

Originally from the beautiful city of Pretoria, Celine has been living in Kununurra WA for nearly 10 years now. Kununurra is called her second home because she has spent more years here than she did in South Africa but Pretoria will always be her first home. 

Celine likes living in Kununurra, especially because she has the opportunity to participate in the Kimberley Education For Life (KEFL), a program that allows students to have a second chance to try and do better in school. Celine makes the most out of KEFL by undertaking three subjects and going out on camps to stations. She loves all the cool places she can explore such as The Ord River, Bungle Bungles, ELQ, Mirima National Park, Gibb River, Ivanhoe and Lake Argyle.

 Celine is currently completing a Certificate ll in Business hosted at KGT and also doing a Certificate ll in Agriculture through the Kununurra High School. Celine thinks her experience working in customer service at Donut King and Bp really helped her progress skills needed in a work place. 

 
 

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