Kimberley Economic Forum

MG Corporation executive chair Lawford Benning and MG Corporation youth services manager Marcia Gerrard were pleased to take part in a panel at the Kimberley Economic Forum in Broome alongside members of the Yajang Yarrawoo Ngoondebtha group.

Hosted by Clare Smith, the other panelists included East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Amanda McLean, Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley president David Menzel, and Wunan Foundation executive chair Ian Trust.

The panel addressed the underlying issues of anti-social behaviour amongst young people.

MG Corporation shared its successes and showed how a collaboration-based model could lead to better outcomes for our community.

Mr Benning said the town needed strong community leadership to move in the right direction.

“I believe the only way we’re gonna get through this, is leadership that drives and tracks everybody within our town,” he said.

“Kununurra is not unique, the world has these issues.

“We don’t like this ugly, antisocial behaviour, but it is there. So we can only face up to it, acknowledge it, and then work our way through it.”

The Kimberley Economic Forum took place on September 21 and 22.

This is stony country – when I walk across this country where the creeks and the floodwaters have been there are lots of rocks and little stones. Lots of those stones are beautiful coloured ones. We call them gerany. Gerany is also the word for money.