45-47 Serpentine Rd, Albany WA 6330
PO Box 5277, Albany WA 6332
Phone: (08) 9842 7777
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© 2017 Southern Aboriginal Corporation

Our People

Our People

Asha Bhat - CEO

Asha is a post graduate in Mathematics and Business Finance. Currently she is doing her post-graduation in Business Administration. She has been working for the Corporation since 2008. As a CEO of the Southern Aboriginal Corporation in Albany, she is responsible for managing all the Corporation’s operations. This involves overseeing the effective delivery of all grant funded programs and services, taking responsibility for ensuring all externally provided services are of high quality and meet the needs of the Corporation and the community.

Apart from being an employee, she has experience of organisational governance as she is a Board member for other non-profit organisations. She has extensive knowledge of key issues like finance management, asset management, risk management and human resource management. Apart from having the personality needed to lead, mentor, develop and motivate teams, she also can influence others to achieve goals and get things done. To better equip and respond to extensive Government reforms, the Board of Directors have restructured the positions and the CEO is confident these roles will add value and further enhance service delivery. Over the financial year (2016/2017), the CEO wants to invest more in information technology, capacity building, community consultation, evaluation, and data management of the projects to improve systems, practices and processes.

Perhaps the greatest achievement Asha has attained this year is being selected as the Albany Citizen of the Year. “In Albany’s Australia Day WA Citizen of the Year Awards, Ms Bhat was among 23 finalists who have made outstanding contributions to the local community. Ms Bhat moved to Albany in 2008 and was selected for her work as a board member for numerous community organisations as well as her role in the growth of Southern Aboriginal Corporation.”

(Albany Advertiser, Tuesday, January 31, 2017) 

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.

Julie Mason - Solicitor (FVPLS)

I grew up in South Australia and have lived in Far North Queensland for the last 17 years before moving to Albany in 2018.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Australian Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws degrees. I worked at a private family law firm in Cairns and also volunteered at the Cairns Community Legal Centre and the Women’s Legal Service in Cairns.

I am passionate about access to justice for Indigenous Peoples as well as community legal education, both requiring cultural competency and trauma informed practice.

When I am not working, I like to go walking along the beach, reading, listening to music, going to see performing arts at the Albany Entertainment Centre and camping

Community Support Officer (FVPLS)
Leonie Dean – Paralegal (FVPLS)

I am a Noongar woman.  I have worked with the Family Violence Prevention Legal Service, Albany since the program began in July 2007 as support for the lawyers. Before that, I worked for SAC in various other positions.  

 

I have a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University in Geelong VIC majoring in Women’s Studies.  I have almost completed a Certificate IV in Community Services which was very challenging and also very interesting for me.  I hope to one day complete a degree in Anthropology.

Pamela Watts - Counsellor/Community Support Officer (FVPLS)
Taryn Colbung - Data Entry & Reporting Officer (FVPLS)
Mark Colbung – Health Promotion Officer (Gnumaries Hurt Program)
Melita Hayward - Indigenous Community Links Officer, Katanning

Hello my name is Melita Hayward. I am a Noongar woman born and bred in Gnowangerup. I have strong family connections and I am the proud mother of 3 sons.

I have been employed with SAC for about 18 months as the Indigenous Community Links Officer in Katanning.  I have always had a passion to help our Noongar people with everyday issues we are faced with and I am now glad I have role where the sole purpose of my employment is to support our Noongar peoples with daily challenges they have difficulty with.  I enjoy my work, and I love being part of the SAC team.

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 - Accountant and HR Officer

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.

Cathy Sinclair - Executive Assistant
Kirstie Colbung - Housing Liaison Officer 
Business & Administration Officer 
Aaron Dick - Coordinator Career and Employment Services