Who We Are

Our Philosophy

Whilst striving to make a better future for Indigenous people, Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation also understands that the community needs to retain the unique heritage and traditions that are integral to the Wanaruah community.

Our values reflect this need to retain our heritage as we work towards an inclusive membership and a philosophy that promotes:
Honesty, integrity and professionalism
A commitment to, and respect for, our culture and heritage (past, present and future)
Provision of services for our elders and opportunities for our youth
The protection of our artists’ copyright

Our Land: Wanaruah Nation

Archaeological studies currently show that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 60,000 years. This long history gives rise to a culture and belief system that is intricately connected to the land. This connection to the land helps define and identify Indigenous Australians.

All aspects of Aboriginal culture are full of legends and beings associated with the Creation Period, or Dreamtime. Each tribe has many Dreamtime stories, often with a lesson to be learned or a moral tale that revolves around animals, plants, and other beings. These stories are told to children, discussed around campfires, and are sung and acted out in plays and dances during the times of ceremony.

When an adolescent progresses through phases of initiation, they learn the more important, senior and secret parts of these stories and this knowledge is reinforced by the acting-out of more secret-sacred rituals, songs and dance.

An important aspect of Aboriginal spirituality is the belief that every person has a totem. “Totemism” describes the relationship between an individual with a plant or animal species, or a condition or a situation. Groups may also have a totem. A group totem is ancestral and traceable through a descent line in the language group.

A totem serves as the symbol of, and companion or protector to, the relevant person or group. The Wanaruah People take their totem from the Wedged Tailed Eagle.

The land of the Wanaruah people stretches from the Liverpool ranges in the north to Wollombi in the south and east from Sandy Hollow and Merriwa, across to the western fringes of the Barrington tops.

As an organisation, Ungooroo would like to acknowledge and pay our respect to the traditional custodians of this land, The Wanaruah people, and to pay respect to elders both past and present. We would like to acknowledge ALL Aboriginal people of this area.

Our Team

Our Board of Directors is supported by the following team members:
Taasha Layer (CEO)
Debbie Chenery (Accounts Manager)
Craig Layer (AEDO Program Manager)
Darren Wright (NCAP Program Manager)
Laura Dawson (Media and Communications Coordinator)
Scott Burgess (SHS Program)
Adam Swadling (SHS Program)
Allen Paget (Site Work)
Lea-Anne Miller (NDIS)
Kathy Davey (NDIS)
Corey Campbell (Mental Health)
Bindi Baker (Mental Health)
Dr Sam Fathi (General Practitioner)
Dr Catherine Palmqvist (General Practitioner)
Brooke Turner (Registered Nurse)
Hayley Waugh (Registered Nurse)
Moriah Hall (Aboriginal Health Worker)
Mel Schulz (Medical Administration Officer)
Andrew Scott (Physiotherapist)
Kelly Stephenson (Dietician)
Nikita Austin (Speech Pathologist)
Cheyenne Chong (Trainee)
Sophie-May Ryan (Trainee)
Georgia Pascoe (Trainee)
Chernai Smith (Accounts Trainee)