Mario and Dereace play America


Mario liked the spicy Buffalo chicken wings; Dereace enjoyed the homestays with American families. Mario’s Toronto-based grandfather travelled to the United States for a visit and Dereace pondered the difference between New York City and Perth: the buildings were taller, the streets dirtier, and there seemed to be a mismatch between photos of the city and the grittier, smellier reality. 

Both young men, year 12 students at Melbourne’s Yiramalay Studio School, have been the recipients of Nipper Tabagee Scholarships. The scholarships were used to assist them to cover some of the costs of a three-week cultural and basketball exchange to America, where they visited cities including Buffalo, Washington DC, Syracuse, Albany and New York.

The basketball was a highlight, particularly learning to play as a cohesive team with the other students. They found the American school teams tough opponents, and were blown away by the standard of an NBA game, where they spied retired NBA superstar Dominic Wilkins in the crowd, a player regarded as one of the best dunkers in NBA history. 

All in all, it was an eye-opening trip, and Mario and Dereace are grateful for KRED’s support. 

We wish them the best of luck for year twelve! 

Should you be interested in applying for a Nipper Tabagee Scholarship, we welcome applications from Kimberley Aboriginal people who wish to pursue educational, artistic or sporting endeavours. Please follow the instructions on the scholarships page on our website to apply.

An education of the heart and mind: meet Jaru woman Madeleine Edwards

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Aristotle wrote that educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. 

If, by education of the heart, Aristotle meant cultivating wisdom to practically apply this knowledge of the mind, then he could rest assured that Nipper Tabagee Scholarship recipient Madeleine Edwards is well on the way to receiving a rounded education—and to putting her skills to good use once she graduates. 

Madeleine is a Jaru woman, who completed her schooling in Perth and is now enrolled in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia. She’s undertaking a double major in Human Biology and Marketing. All going to plan, she’ll graduate mid-way through next year. It’s a tough degree: the exams are hard, requiring hours of rote learning and endless, calming cups of tea. But the Indigenous support at UWA has been fantastic, and KRED has also been pleased to assist Madeleine with the purchase of a new laptop to help with her studies. 

At this stage, Madeleine’s a little indecisive as to the exact path she’ll take post-degree—perhaps dentistry, perhaps medicine, perhaps further research, or even something related to her second major in marketing. What she is sure of, is that she’d like to use her skills to give back to her community, most likely in the area of Indigenous health. Human biology, and in particular, reproduction, are key interests. 

“I'd like to be able to make a difference to current Indigenous health issues. I think one of the most pressing issues we face is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and if we can educate about, and eliminate this, then it will also help with a lot of other issues,” Madeleine says. 

KRED’s proud to support young people like Madelaine to achieve their educational ambitions—particularly when fulfilling these ambitions requires concentration of both the mind and the heart. For those who are interested in applying for a scholarship, please head to 'scholarships' link on the navigation bar above.

Update on the Kimberley Agriculture and Pastoral Company

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Excerpt from our 2016 / 2017 Ambooriny Burru Annual Members' Report  

The Kimberley Agriculture and Pastoral Company was established in 2015 by KRED Enterprises as a fully Indigenous-owned pastoral venture. KAPCO is not owned by KRED Enterprises, but it is one of our key projects. It currently comprises of three Indigenous-owned pastoral stations, Mt Anderson, Frazier Downs and Bohemia Downs, and is soon set to grow bigger, with the Indigenous Land Corporation in the process of divesting Myroodah and Lulugui to KAPCO. By standing together, under a single management structure, all stations are able to take advantage of the economies of scale offered from an integrated pastoral enterprise. KAPCO is already delivering results. Over the last sixteen months a pool of 42 casual staff have worked across all three stations. In addition to generating jobs and training, we're also exploring ways that one of the KAPCO stations could be used as a site to develop a Kimberley youth diversionary and preventative program. Its working title is 'The Marlamanu Project', and it will provide an alternative to current mainstream youth justice programs. KRED has also been investigating opportunities for further investment in the company.