About Us

WYDAC Board

Executive

Lottie Robertson (Chairperson) *
Eddie Robertson (Chairperson)
Jimmy Langdon (Deputy Chair) *
Alan Dickson (Treasurer)
Bruno Wilson (Male Youth Representative)
Vivienne Marshall (Female Youth Representative)

Board Members

Alma Robertson
Andrea Tasman
Anna Lisa Egan
Azaria Robertson
Beth Patrick
Bruno Wilson
Cecil Johnson *
Clifford (Scotty) Brown *
Coral Gallagher *
Dennis Gordon
Enid Gallagher
Geraldine Dixon
Gina Spencer

Cedric Egan
Gracie Williams *
Harry Dixon
Jean Brown *
Jerry Patrick
Kathleen Gibson
Katrina Brown
KirstyAnn Brown
Lance Turner
Leanne Oldfield
Liddy Walker *
Lindsay Williams
Louis Watson
Lucky Langdon
Maria Turner
Margaret Brown
Margarina Miller *
Nellie Wayne
Peggy Brown OAM (Program Founder)
Robin Brown
Simone Brown
Steve Patrick
Steven Marshall
Teddy Long
Thomas Rice
Tommy Watson
Valerie Martin
Violet Marshall
Warren Williams *

* Traditional Owner (Mt Theo)

Management

Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson
Chairperson

Eddie has been involved with WYDAC since it began: as an Outstation Support Worker, a Board Member and now Chairperson. Eddie was Yuendumu Council’s (now CDRC) longest serving President and now works as an Indigenous Engagement Officer in Yuendumu. Eddie was acknowledged for his long-term contribution to the Warlpiri community when he became the 2015 Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

Lottie Napangardi Robertson
Chairperson

Lottie currently works as a Trainee Local Coordinator with Batchelor Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Indigenous Health Studies and worked for years as a Community Nutrition Worker and on the Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture Program in Yuendumu. Lottie has also been a long-term member of WYDAC and a support worker for the Outstation program.

Matt Davidson
CEO

With 20 years senior management experience, Matt brings to WYDAC a wealth of knowledge and expertise. His previous roles include CEO at Youth Insearch Foundation and Executive Manager at Wesley Mission, where he founded the Operation Hope program. He has been a Director on several Boards including the National Accreditation Board, National Youth Development Foundation, Homeless and Needy Children’s Trust, and Youth Insearch Foundation.

His tertiary qualifications include Business Management (post graduate MBA) Charles Sturt University; Human Resource Management (post graduate) Charles Sturt; and Agricultural Science (undergraduate) University of Adelaide, where he won the prestigious James Hardie Award.

Matt is a strong leader with extensive strategic and financial management expertise. He has substantial experience in liaising with state and federal governments and a passion for helping disadvantaged and marginalised people. He is married to Gayle and they have four children and two grandchildren.

Brett Badger
General Manager

Brett has previously completed a Honours Degree in Psychology, Masters degree in International/Community Development, Professional Management Program and is currently undertaking an MBA. Before finding his home in the desert he worked variously in Child Protection and Drug Rehabilitation in Australia and as a Volunteer Aid Worker in Western Kenya. After some holiday youth work in Nyirrpi in May 2004, Brett fell in love with the desert and Warlpiri people and began with the, then, Mt Theo Program in 2005. He quickly moved into the role of Program Counsellor and helped to create the Warra Warra Kanyi Counselling service. Since 2007 he has served as Operations Manager and now General Manager for WYDAC.

 

 

Peggy Nampijinpa Brown OAM
Program Founder and Cultural Advisor

Peggy is the Outstation program founder and continues to work at the outstation and occasionally visit other communities to tell the story of how WYDAC beat petrol sniffing.

Ruth Wall
HR Manager / Quality Manager

Ruth lived in Yuendumu as a child and now lives here with her husband and daughter. She has also worked with other organisatons in Yuendumu, Willowra and Warburton. She joined WYDAC in 2011.

Thomas Jangala Rice
Senior Advisor

Thomas Rice is a respected Yuendumu elder and one of the founders of the Jaru Pirrjirdi Program. Thomas has worked alongside the Coordinators of Jaru Pirrjirdi to teach young people about Warlpiri Law and Culture. With his family’s support, Thomas’ work with Jaru Pirrjirdi has been instrumental in its success.

Management and Administration

  • Promote strong Warlpiri governance, leadership and employment
  • Robust quality management system ensures adherence to legislative & contractual compliances
  • ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation since 2011 and audited annually
  • Financial accountability overseen by the Board, accounts reviews, annual independent audit

Program History

WYDAC, then Mt Theo Program, was started in 1993 by the Yuendumu Community to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. Elders of the Yuendumu Community initiated and ran the program at their own expense, with additional support from local organisations such as the School and Shop. There was no other initial formal funding.

The program began by taking those young people who were sniffing petrol to Mt Theo Outstation, some 160km from Yuendumu. At Mt Theo Outstation, elders cared for the youth, as part of a cultural rehabilitation program on sacred and remote Warlpiri country. Mt Theo Outstation clients spend time in the cultural respite and rehabilitation program, where they reconnect with their culture, family, health and education in a supportive and caring remote bush environment. Clients may present with any ‘youth at risk’ issue, not just for petrol sniffing or substance misuse, and are referred by Community Elders, Police and Corrections. Since 1993 Mt Theo Outstation has taken over 500 young Warlpiri clients from over 14 different communities, including Alice Springs.

The other core service introduced in 1993 was a comprehensive Youth Diversionary Program in Yuendumu. Elders saw the underlying need for youth to be engaged, interested and challenged by activities outside of school hours and thus not engage in at risk behavior. In 2002 the Yuendumu youth diversion program was expanded beyond basic ‘sport, rec and entertainment’ to a comprehensive youth development service aimed at facilitating strong future pathways and leadership activities. This Jaru Pirrjirdi (Strong Voices) program focused on the creation of meaningful life and pathways for Yuendumu youth through additional assistance with education, training, employment and targeted project work.

Elders of other Warlpiri communities noted the strength of these efforts and in 2004 in Willowra, 2007 in Nyirrpi and 2008 in Lajamanu, WYDAC was invited, and funded, to implement youth diversion and development programs in each of these three communities. In 2008 this also saw the development of Yuendumu Swimming Pool. WYDAC now has permanent full time staff in each of these communities providing positive, healthy, engaging and challenging diversionary and development activities for youth of all ages. These youth programs also serve as a critical referral and aftercare pathway for the client services such as Mt Theo Outstation and the Counselling teams.

Clients in Yuendumu are supported by the Warra-Warra Kanyi Counselling program. Since 2009, our professionally qualified counsellors and local staff provide skilled individual and group client support within Yuendumu. This service also includes an after-hours crisis response service. More recently the Client Services team has also extended its services to also provide client counseling, support and education services to the WYDAC Outreach communities.

Youth Services

Jaru Pirrjirdi – Yuendumu

Sunaina Pinto
Jaru Pirrjirdi and Youth Coordinator

Vivienne ‘Mingo’ Marshall
Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Worker

David Do
Senior Youth Development Worker

Charleen Williams
Youth Development Worker

Jade Carroll
Youth Development Worker

Enid Gallagher
Cultural Supervisor


Yuendumu Swimming Pool

Neil Hummerston
Pool Coordinator

Valerie Martin
Cultural Supervisor


Outreach

Simon Dirs
Outreach Coordinator


Lajamanu

Merinda Johnson
Youth Development Worker

Matthew Broster
Youth Development Worker

Jerry Jangala Patrick
Cultural Supervisor

Steve Patrick
Cultural Supervisor


Nyirrpi

Lauren Pollock
Senior Youth Development Worker

David Dillon
Youth Development Worker

KirstyAnn Martin
Trainee Youth Development Worker

Lance Turner
Cultural Supervisor

Maria Turner
Cultural Supervisor


Willowra

Ben Janu
Senior Youth Development Worker

Brooke Shanks
Youth Development Worker

Teddy Long
Cultural Supervisor

Julie Kitson
Cultural Supervisor


Client Services

Yuendumu Warra-Warra Kanyi (WWK) Counselling Service

Beth Gia
Yuendumu WWK Counsellor

Geraldine Dixon
Yuendumu WWK Senior Mentor

Cedric Egan
WWK Youth Mentor

Ruth Bignell
Yuendumu WWK Relief Counsellor


Outreach Counselling

Matilda Herben
Outreach Counsellor

Outreach Youth Mentor
Now Recruiting


Mt Theo Outstation

Ashley Janssen
Outstation Coordinator

Steven Marshall
Assistant Outstation Coordinator

Lottie Robertson
Outstation Carer

Louie Watson
Outstation Carer

Paul Marshall
Outstation Carer

Eddie Robertson
Outstation Support Worker


Infrastructure and Administration

Administration

Gráinne Martin
Payroll Officer

Lauren Day
Administration Officer

Talitha Maher
Quality Management Officer


Housing and Infrastructure

Paul Berthon
Housing and Infrastructure Coordinator

 


 Mechanics Workshop

Stewart Marfleet
Workshop Coordinator / Head Mechanic

Lloyd Bretag
Apprentice

Branston Poulson
Apprentice


Consultants and Project Workers

Ros Bauer
Consultant

Alex Cadden
Consultant and Project Worker

Craig san Roque
Consultant Psychologist

Liam Campbell
Consultant and Project Worker