WCCT Executive Officer
The Executive Officer is responsible for the management of the day to day operations of the Western Cape Communities Trust, Property Trust, Sub-Regional Trusts, the Coordinating Committee and Sub-Committees including staff and finances, in such a way as to ensure that the business and strategic objectives are achieved under the Western Cape Communities Co-Existence Agreement, Trust Deeds and Constitutions, Strategic Plan and other related legal and statutory obligations.
The Executive Officer also provides assistance and support to Trustees, Coordinating Committee members and Traditional Owners.
The Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that all risks that could affect the capacity of the WCCT to meet its responsibilities and accountabilities are identified, assessed and managed in accordance with professionally recognised ‘best practice’.
Michelle Kostecki - Transition Manager
We are coming to the end of another year of business for the Western Cape Communities Trust. We have had some changes here in the Administration team, Geoffrey Fahey’s fixed term employment contract was not extended and his final day of employment was 13th October 2018. Once the new board has been inducted in and the new chairpersons elected we will commence the advertising for a new Executive Officer. In the interim I have been appointed to the Transition Manager until the recruitment is finalised.
Congratulations to all the new Members and Directors for the 2019-2020 term, and look forward to welcoming you all as I perform all inductions. I am currently working with the whole Administration team to finalise meeting papers, accommodation and travel requirements.
The building is behind schedule but is moving forward. It is most unfortunate that we will be unable to hold our end of year celebrations here but let’s not let that worry us. We are hoping to move in to the new building in early January and I will need to close the office to accommodate for this move. However we will be available to everyone once this move is complete. I will keep you all updated on this as the time gets closer.
I would love to hear from each and everyone of you to let us know what it is you want to see in the new year in community, from Administration team, Directors and Members. So I will have some ‘Have your say competitions’ on the website over Christmas with some prizes for shareholders and community members available just for providing feedback.
We have some very exciting times and milestones being reached in the coming year and I am honoured to be a part of this in this current role.
Liz Foster - Office Manager
After spending my life growing up in the Cassowary Coast region I moved to Weipa in 2011. I joined the WCCT Team in March 2017, as Office Manager.
I find my role as Office Manager for the Trust both rewarding and enjoyable. I enjoy helping others and assisting people to achieve their goals and expand their skills.
I am learning a lot about Traditional Owners and their communities and culture, and I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to develop myself further.
It is satisfying to be part of an organisation that strives to improve the quality of people’s lives, and I am looking forward to contributing towards the exciting developments the WCCT have put in place for the future.
Zoey Sagiba - Administration Officer
I have lived in Weipa for almost 5 years now and feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of Australia.
I have lived in Cairns most of my life before then and I am of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. My great grandparents (Mothers side) are Ankamuthi people of whom I am a proud descendant of.
Since joining the Trust Team in June 2016, I have learnt and gained so much experience both culturally and professionally.
It is a privilege to be working with the WCCT Team, Board of Directors and Members and the Shareholders. I aspire to help my people and gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.
Shawntaye Manantan - Reception Administration Assistant
I was born in Weipa and raised in Cairns Queensland; I have been living in Weipa for 5 years. I am a part of the Taepadhighi clan from my father’s side and Tjungundji clan from my mother’s side.
Since joining the WCCT team in August 2018, it is a pleasure to be working alongside such amazing people. Working with the Trust gives me the opportunity to meet new people and get to know the other Traditional Owners from all the different clan groups.
Chantal Binding - Implementation Manager
I am originally from England and have a broad range of international experience in the fields of travel and tourism, education, community development, Aboriginal and native title land matters, and environmental management. A life changing experience was working with Indigenous communities in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.
I have spent 14 years in Australia. I completed a Master of Environmental Management, including Indigenous Studies and research in 2008. I have spent the majority of the past 10 years working extensively across the Northern Territory in Indigenous Affairs. For example, with the Central Land Council representing Traditional Owner Groups for jointly managed national parks.
I am very passionate about the long-term sustainability and advancement of Aboriginal people in supporting them in capacity building, training, employment and business development opportunities to strive for self-determination, empowerment and stronger communities.
Lisa Stamm - Implementation Officer
I am a long term resident of Western Cape York with professional experience in education at all levels, business improvement, production improvement and community relations.
I am passionate about leading sustainable improvements in order to support the building of capacity of individuals and organisations, particularly Traditional Owners.
It is a privilege to live and work in community alongside and with Traditional Owners so that individuals and community aspirations can be identified and achieved.
I am fortunate to be working in a role at the Trust that I am passionate and committed too.
Christina Hall - Implementation Support Officer
I have lived in Napranum/Weipa my whole life. I am a Traditional Owner of the area, which we work on. I am from the Thanikwithi clan (mother’s mother) also the Alngith clan group (father’s mother).
I have been working for the Trust since May 2017.
I enjoy my job and I like the team that I work with.
Working here has given me the privilege to learn new things, meet new people; other Traditional Owners and visit some places I haven’t been before.
Kristiana Carroll - Finance Manager
I hold a Master of Accounting with additional qualifications in business management, hospitality and tourism. I am an Associate member of CPA Australia, participating in continued professional development.
I have experience in management and financial accounting, administration management and corporate restructure.
My Interests include efficiency and accuracy of accounting information systems, and encouraging and assisting with training and development so that aspirations can become reality.
Sally Robinson - Finance Grants Officer
I have been living in Weipa for the past 15 years and have worked for WCCT since 2011.
The role of Finance Grants Officer is a challenging and rewarding one. I have learnt a lot from Traditional Owners throughout my time at the Trust and feel lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with those in Community.
Charraine Bond - Finance Grants Officer
I have been living in Weipa for the past 8 years, and I am originally from NPA Community of New Mapoon.
My heritage is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. My Traditional Owner group is Taepadhighi. I have been working at the Trust Office since 2010 in the Administration and Finance departments.
Living and growing up in Community from a young age made me develop a passion for community work; I love helping others and enjoy working closely with the Shareholders and Traditional Owners.
Working for the Trust is a privilege and I have learnt a whole range of skills culturally as well as professionally.
I have enjoyed seeing the changes and developments over the years and look forward to the future working for the Western Cape Communities Trust.
Andrina East - Senior Finance Officer
I moved to Weipa in 2015 from Cairns and began working with the WCCT in August 2018 and I am of Torres Strait Islander decent.
Becoming apart of the WCCT team I hope to expand my skills and knowledge in the area of administration and get to know and understand the Traditional Owner groups in the Western Cape Region.
I look forward to working alongside the WCCT team, Board of Directors, Members and Shareholders.
Rachel Dick - Finance Administration Officer
I was born and raised in Weipa and began working with the WCCT in February 2018. I am of Torres Strait Islander descent and am very proud of my culture.
As my first full-time job, I hope to learn and develop new and rewarding skills that can be used to successfully contribute towards the WCCT.
I am excited to be working with the WCCT Team, Board of Directors, Members and Shareholders, and look forward to the new experiences this job will bring.