Outback — Intro

Who

Hi! My name is Kevin and Monday through Friday (sometimes Saturday) I earn a living as an investment banker with a focus within the infrastructure space at an Aussie firm called Macquarie. In my spare time, I’m passionate about travelling, mucking about on cars and chilling out with good people, most notably my better half, Amy.

What

Amy and I have travelled to a remote Aboriginal community in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia to work on an education program. I won’t bore you with the details but suffice it to say that we are both thrilled to be here. We’re not gonna change the world but hope to make a meaningful difference during our time here. Given my finance background, the project will see me build a financial model and develop a prospectus while Amy will focus on the fundraising for the program.

When

The secondment will run from July to the end of September, right around the time some of you may be wondering why you haven’t seen me in a while or whether you’ve called first dibs on my PlayStation, MX-5 and so on.

Where

We have settled in Kununurra, a small town located in far north WA but closer to the NT border and Darwin (it’s only 10-hour drive from Darwin if you plan to visit). The town was founded on an irrigation scheme some 100 years ago with agriculture, tourism and mining now playing a big role. Kununurra has a population of a few thousand good people, roughly half being of Indigenous descent with most under the age of 25.

Why

The why is always the most important.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers”, spoke of success often being the beneficiary of hidden advantages, extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow the lucky few to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot. We are those lucky few but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Indigenous communities living in the remote regions of Australia such as the Kimberley. In our limited time here, Amy and I hope to approach each challenge with a sense of urgency and do our bit in swinging the pendulum forever in the community’s favour.

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