The “Outback” series will form a collection of blogs taking you through our experiences in East Kimberley, Australia.
Hi! My name is Kevin and Monday through Friday (sometimes Saturday) I earn a living as an investment
wanker banker specialising in the infrastructure sector. In my spare time, I’m passionate about travelling, mucking around on cars and chilling out with good people, most notably my better half.
My girlfriend and I have travelled to a remote Aboriginal community in the East Kimberley region of WA to work on an education program. I won’t bore you with the minute details but suffice it to say that we are both thrilled to be here. The project will see me build a financial model and develop a prospectus over the coming months while my girlfriend will focus on the fundraising aspects of the program.
The secondment will run from July to the end of September, right around the time some of you may be wondering why you haven’t seen me in a while or whether you’ve called first dibs on my PlayStation, MX-5 and so on.
We have settled in Kununurra, a small town located in far north WA but closer to the NT border and Darwin (it’s only 10-hour drive from Darwin if you plan to visit). The town was founded on an irrigation scheme some 100 years ago with agriculture, tourism and mining now playing a big role. Kununurra has a population of a few thousand good people, roughly half being of Indigenous descent with most under the age of 25.
The why is always the most important.
Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers”, spoke of success often being the beneficiary of hidden advantages, extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow the lucky few to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot. We are those lucky few but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Indigenous communities living in the remote regions of Australia such as the Kimberley. In our limited time here, we hope to approach each challenge with a sense of urgency and do our bit in swinging the pendulum forever in the community’s favour.