Asha Bhat - CEO
Asha Bhat leads the award-winning regional Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), which provides services and programs that address the Noongar peoples' needs and aspirations in cooperation with other community and business organizations. With an asset base of $24 million, SAC provides services and programs in areas such as structured indigenous training and employment, family violence prevention, affordable housing, healthcare support and legal services.
Asha has worked across all levels of the organization, from grassroots through senior management, and as CEO, she oversees all aspects of the organization and is responsible for ensuring that sustainability and viability are built into operations on a daily basis.
Under Asha’s leadership, SAC has won awards for demonstrating its impact in the community, including the Community Business Award of the Year 2016 and the 2018 Community Services Excellence Award which recognises excellent leadership and services to the Noongar Community.
Asha has an MBA from Kaplan Business School and holds master’s and bachelor's degrees in mathematics and business and professional accounting. She is an associate member of CPA and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017 Asha received the Albany Citizen of the Year award and in both 2017 and 2020 was a finalist in the Telstra WA Business Women of the Year Awards. Asha was selected to attend the Global Ambassadors Program in Chicago in September 2016 and she was one of the 11 women leaders selected globally and only awardee from Australia. Asha is also a Cordes fellow and participated in opportunity collaboration in Mexico in 2018. She was one of the 60 successful Cordes fellow and the calibre of Cordes applicants included high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and non-profit executives with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and poverty alleviation.
Oscar Colbung - FVPLS Manager
Oscar Colbung manages the Indigenous Community Links (ICL), Health Promotion, Aboriginal Training and Employment (ATE) and Family Violence Prevention Legal Service (FVPLS).
Oscar has been in the role of FVPLS Manager at the Southern Aboriginal Corporation in Albany since July 2015. Prior to this position he worked for SAC for 27 years as a Field Officer, Manager of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP), Family Violence Regional Activities (FVRAP) Social Program Manager and as Community Relations Manager.
In his previous role as FVRAP Manager he has coordinated, planned, implemented and evaluated many family violence preventative projects and health initiatives in order to reduce the incidence of family violence and to promote healthier lifestyles. Oscar has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University of Technology. At a community level, he is a respected member of the local Noongar and wider community and has developed strong networks and built constructive relationships within the Noongar community. Oscar has worked on several not for profit Boards and was a previous chairperson of SAC.
Greg Mackay – Principal Solicitor (FVPLS)
I spent over a decade in University before I was brave enough to go out into the real world.
Since being admitted to practice in 2009, I have worked in areas connected with Family and Domestic Violence in two States and one Territory.
I have worked with Indigenous services in Central Australia and North Queensland before settling in Albany in 2016.
I’m interested in issues around access to justice as well as education and law reform. Outside work, I like cycling, trying to learn new things (right now programming microprocessors) and convincing my young sons that I can understand what the dogs are saying.
Ruhee Khan - Solicitor (FVPLS)
I am a solicitor at Southern Aboriginal Corporation (“SAC”). I moved down from Perth and joined SAC’s ranks November 2019.
I have a double degree in law and commerce, a degree in journalism and a post-graduate diploma in occupational health and safety.
Through my role at SAC I want to empower victims of domestic abuse to find their inner strength, stand up and be heard. I feel honoured to be part of a corporation that allows me to give back to the community.
During my free time I enjoy playing the PS4, reading, meditating and trying out new food with my partner.
Lynette Bolton - Community Support Officer (FVPLS)
I have valuable work experiences and skills in the fields of; Education, Primary Health, Family Support, Liaison & Advocacy, Customer Service, Youth Work, Referral Protocols & Client Pathways, Program & Service Development, Working in the paralegal industry with a focus on Family & Domestic Violence, Identifying Cultural Protocols & Building Cultural Awareness, Building Community Capacity & Community Consultation. I am now looking to build on these skills in the work force.
I am resourceful and an adaptable, hard working person, who approaches challenging situations with a positive attitude. I enjoy people from all walks of life and get on well with others. I am a quick learner and would now like to expand my existing skills in all facets, where I believe I could make a positive contribution to the building of community capacity in general and develop myself further in the work force in general. I enjoy being a doting mother to my son Garrence. I love nature and the great outdoors, especially walks along the beach. I love art & music.
Susan Lee - Community Support Officer (FVPLS) Katanning
I have worked with Noongar families in my many and varied roles ever since I came to Katanning in 2007. These have been local families in Katanning but also through outreach, such places as Gnowangerup, Tambellup and Jerramungup to name just a few of the places I have worked within the community.
I love helping Noongar women to hopefully make them feel empowered.
Living in a small country town gives me plenty of time to relax and enjoy my blended family. Between my partner and I, we have six adult sons and six grandchildren. Half of the grandchildren live in Katanning and the other half live in Perth.
Pamela Watts - Counsellor/Community Support Officer (FVPLS)
I am a Mother to a beautiful daughter, two sons and have been blessed with three grandchildren. (I want more) 😊
Family is my first love, empowering and supporting people is a passion of mine and I am honoured to be in a position to provide for community.
My employment started with Southern Aboriginal Corporation in 2011 as an educator trainer Moordity Yakka Pre employment program, then in 2012 as Indigenous Community Links coordinator, to be in my current role as Counsellor/ Community Support since 2014.
I hold a Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Counselling, Certs in Youth Work and Mental Health with extensive experience in trauma informed practice and 16 years of collective knowledge and highly developed skills from employment in Community Service roles in Personal support programs, Juvenile Justice Officer, Career Guidance Counsellor and headspace to provide the best care and support to clients and families.
Taryn Colbung - Data Entry & Reporting Officer (FVPLS)
I have been employed at Southern Aboriginal Corporation since August 2018.
Before I became a staff member at SAC I worked with Albany Youth Support association as a Youth Worker which I enjoyed helping the youth in town.
My role at SAC is Data Entry and Reporting Officer. I am the receptionist on the Family Violence Prevention Legal Service side assisting our two Lawyers, Councillor and Support Officer.
I enjoy my job, it is challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Anna Plapp – Health Promotion Officer (Gnumaries Hurt Program)
I am a local Noongar woman, born in Albany. I have worked in the health industry since 1999 with the Family Futures Program, then with Silver Chain in Narrogin for some years. I moved back because of my mother falling ill and settled back here.
I started working with Great Southern Aboriginal Health for nearly 7 years. I started with SAC in 2017 as a Indigenous Family Support person for the community until the contract ended, I am now the new Health Promotion Officer for the Gnumaries (smoke) Hurt Program.
Noeleen Drummond - Property Management Officer
I have been employed at Southern Aboriginal Corporation since July 2007. I was employed as the receptionist for 8 years and then moved into the Property Management Officer role in July 2015.
My role in the housing involves dealing everyday with the tenants and tradesman that do work on the properties.
I look after the rentals that SAC hold. I do a fair bit or travelling within the role which I really enjoy.
I am a registered Property Manager and am currently doing a Certificate IV in Community Services.
I enjoy visiting Bali on my holidays. I like to listen to music and I have a love of dogs.
Sri Mallela - Finance Manager
Cricket. Mangoes, and family. My name is Sri, and those are just three of the many things I love. Moving from India to New Zealand almost two decades ago, and then moving from New Zealand to Australia in 2011, I have found Albany to be my peaceful home.
I am a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. I have vast experience in the hospitality industry, and legal sector. I enjoy working at SAC because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the community in the best way I can, through my profession.
My beautiful wife and two kids are what keep me going, and to say I'm a family man is an understatement.
In my spare time, I love going for long walks as it keeps me fit and lets me enjoy Albany's beautiful scenery. I also enjoy playing cricket with my kids, and watching documentaries on Netflix.
Alan Triplett - Executive Assistant
I was born in Albany and other than a couple of years working in Perth I have lived and worked in the Albany area all my life. I have recently commenced with SAC and I work two days a week as the Executive Assistant.
Most of my working life has been in employment services, initially with the Commonwealth Employment Service and then with Great Southern Personnel. Great Southern Personnel specialised in assisting people with a disability to gain and maintain employment. Immediately prior to working at SAC I worked with Albany Bulk Handling who load woodchips for export. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
Away from work I like to split my time between a few things; coffee downtown with my wife, family and friends, reading, gardening, footy and bush walking looking for orchids. The most important thing is children and grandchildren.
Leanne Williams - Education Project Officer (FVPLS)
I started working for Southern Aboriginal Corporation in October 2018 as the Education Project Officer for the Family Violence Prevention Legal Service.
I was born and raised in Mt Barker. I am married to Darryl Williams, we have lived together in Albany for the last 27 years and have 4 children together.
My passion and interests are art, crafts and family.