Our Board of Directors
As per section 5.2 and 5.3 of the Marra Worra Worra Rule Book, ten Directors represent the five language groups of the Fitzroy River Valley. There is provision for 12 Directors, 2 of who can be Non-member directors selected for their independence or skills in financial management, corporate governance, accounting, law or a field relating to the corporation's activities, or both.
The Board of Directors is focused on carrying out the legacy of the organisation which started as a ‘strong voice’ to represent Fitzroy Valley and their members.
On the back of the governance training that the Board has received, and in the interests of best practice corporate governance, the Board has embraced a wide-ranging Terms of Reference document.
The terms of reference outline the role of the Board, which is to lead and govern the Corporation, with the aim of ensuring that Marra Worra Worra successfully meets its objectives as outlined in the Rule Book.
It also guarantees that the proper governance and management structures are in place to safeguard and ensure that the future of the Corporation is sound and the interests of the members as a whole are protected.
Marra Worra Worra continues to aspire to deliver the best services possible to it’s members, and lead the communities of the Fitzroy Valley towards a sustainable future. Marra Worra Worra is for community, from community.
Since it’s inception, Marra Worra Worra has grown to 70 full-time and 25 part-time employees. Marra Worra Worra offers a wide variety of employment opportunities in the following fields, including;
- Technical/Corporate Services,
- Employment Services,
- Housing Management,
- Mechanical and Ground Staff,
- CDP Activities.
If you believe that you can be a part of the Marra Worra Worra journey and have an interest in developing yourself further in our workplace, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 9193 0600 and ask for our Human Resources Manager, or call into our office.
Marra Worra Worra would like to gratefully acknowledge the following thought leaders, partners and supporters.
The Swinburne University of Technology
Marra Worra Worra and Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) have been working together to share culture and learn about governance and business support to strengthen opportunities here in the Valley.
In April, 2013 the board of Marra Worra Worra engaged the services of Dr Rowan Bedggood and her team from SUT to assist them with the development of the organisation, which included:
- governance training of the Board of Directors
- preparing a strategic plan with the Board and senior managers
- conducting a skills and capability audit
- assessing the intellectual property within the organisation
- determining whether staff may qualify for higher educational awards as part of their previous, current and possibly future work experience.
This review, analysis and support has been very successful, and brought about many improvements for Marra Worra Worra.
After Marra Worra Worra invested in staff memebers' and Directors' education, in March 2015 Marra Worra Worra flew Jamie Leigh, Dan Vincent and Peter Murray down to Melbourne to attend their graduation where the Vice Chancellor presented them with their Dipoloma of Management.
Since 2015, Swinburne has sent a group of up to 20 undergraduate and postgraduate students, accompanied by two staff, as part of a study tour to Fitzroy Crossing. Students work on developing business plans for various Fitzroy Crossing 'clients'. So far, SUT students have worked with:
• Bungoolee Tours – Dillon Andrews – on refining what he offers and helping with ideas to expand
• New Bush Medicine line – Bianca and her grandmother, Josephine – on how to get started
• Mangkaja Arts – Belinda – on how to increase revenue for the organisation
• Karrayili Internet Café – new idea, Tania – how to start an internet café
• Garnduwa – Merrilee and Clare – on developing the Youth Hub
• Wildlife West Inc – Tamela – on helping her get her wildlife sanctuary business up and running
• Women’s Activity Centre – Janice – helping the women come one step closer to running a profitable business
Currently, SUT is rolling out continuous training to a group of people in the Fitzroy Valley to become ‘governance champions’ who are being trained so that they can roll out governance training to others, committees, councils and boards, as needed or required, in the future.
The expected outcome is that a higher level of understanding and implementation of ‘good governance’ will occur throughout the region, and also ensure that future board members of Marra Worra Worra and other entities are adequately prepared for the role.
Dr Rowan Bedggood has been pivotal in developing our relationship and introducing opportunities for Marra Worra Worra to continue to support our members in the Valley.
The University of Melbourne
We are working with the University of Melbourne to explore and develop alternatives to the current Community Development Program (CDP) model that replaced Remote Jobs and Community Program (RJCP).
CDP has failed to meet the needs of remote Aboriginal communities and along with removing the focus of community empowerment and sustainability it has increased financial hardship on jobseekers.
Professor Jon Altman has proposed a new model called Community Employment and Enterprise Development Scheme (CEEDS) for remote Indigenous Australia – and we are supportive of this model as it is;
- Informed by the strengths and weaknesses of the previous community focused Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) model
- Empowering for communities as it values community work and community responsibilities
- It provides a bridge between welfare and economic participation
- It is based on a hybrid model - form of economy that recognises a customary or non-market sector alongside the more usual private and public sectors.
We continue to work with Professor Altman and Dr Klein to learn how we can strengthen a hybrid economy in Fitzroy Valley.