ABORIGINAL OWNED AND OPERATED

The Wirrigan Group is Aboriginal-Owned and was established to help public and private sector organisations achieve their organisational goals whilst support Indigenous employment programs through leveraging their procurement spend for good.

We support programs that help Indigenous Australians overcome social, mental and physical barriers in order to access and maintain employment.

 

FOUNDED WITH A PURPOSE IN MIND

Not everyone has the same head start in life and some people face more challenges than others. 
Our goal is to support Indigenous Australians facing difficulties get back into the workforce.
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to get a job and operate at their highest potential.  

Our LEADERSHIP team

The Wirrigan Group leadership team bring extensive experience and expertise to our clients across our services. 

John McNamara

Managing Director

Founder and managing director of  the Wirrigan Group. John is a Wiradjuri man from Western NSW with over 38 years’ experience in Aboriginal employment and economic development, overseeing Aboriginal employment initiatives in both the private and public sector. John has advised many of Australia’s leading organisations.

Paul McLaren

PAUL MCLAREN

TRANSFORMATIONAL DIRECTOR

Over 25 years’ experience in leading Organisational Transformations, Technology delivery and IT Operations. Paul has advised leading organisations including KPMG, Apple, Department of Defence, Allianz, Medibank, Woolworths, ANSTO, NSW Government.

Shane

shane horsburgh

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE DIRECTOR

Thought leader in organisational & cultural change. Senior communications Practitioner & Digital/Classroom all-of-government training. Extensive experience in organisational & cultural change at the Australian & U.S. Departments of Defence, AFP, and NSW Police.

Gypsy

gypsy Bhalla

GEOSPATIAL DIRECTOR

Over 20 years’ program delivery, leading and driving complex Technology projects and organisational change across Government. She has extensive experience managing Geospatial Programs, Project and Capability Delivery. She has a deep SME knowledge in the Delivery of Geospatial capabilities

hurri

hurriya dara

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Transformation and Digitalisation Talent Resource Manager bringing over 10 years’ of multi field expertise in fields of Talents Management, Operations, Recruitment and Project Support.

Kevin 4

kevin rosenbaum

ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE DIRECTOR

Over 25 years’ experience in engineering, architecture, management, and DevOps on Defence projects. Enterprise Architect and Manager of the Geospatial Architecture Office for Defence.

 

OUR CLIENTS

federal government

Department of Defence

Australian Tax Office

Department of Human Services

Australian Digital Health Agency

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Industries

Department of Social Services

National Measurement Institute

corporates & Not for profit organisations

NSW GOVERNMENT

Wirrigan, the rainmaker
an Aboriginal Dream time story

Once upon a time in the Dream time, the country was having a long drought. The plants and animals were dying and the rivers were drying up. Without water, no food could grow and the people were starving.

The people grumbled to Wirrigan, the rainmaker went to the waterhole in the creek each day and poked a stick in it, but still no rain fell. On the third day, he left his stick in the water hole. Near the waterhole was a large open shelter called a bough shed. Its roof and sides were made of branches. The next day, he asked the people to use bark and material from the termite mounds to make huts raised above the ground. 

He took the people to the waterhole and he jumped in. Then he asked the people to jump in too. The young men laughed because they did not believe he could make rain. They threw him in the waterhole three times until he was very cold. Everyone left the creek.

That night when everyone was asleep in the bough shed, Wirrigan and the old people walked around it many times, carrying their belongings. Soon, a large, black cloud appeared. Wirrigan woke everyone up and told them to take shelter in the raised bark huts. The rain began to fall and lasted for several days. When the rain stopped, the land was green again and food had begun to grow. 

The people celebrated by holding a corroboree, but Wirrigan was not happy because he knew that many of the people had doubted him. To demonstrate his power, he took everyone to a very dry plain. He made a huge torrent of rain fall. It filled the whole plain with water. However, it did not rain anywhere else. He told the young men to fish in the water, but they still did not believe in his power. How could there be fish in the water when it was just rainwater? Finally, they threw their nets into the water and pulled out many different kinds of fish.

 No-one doubted Wirrigan again. And the great plain filled with water became known as Corcoran Lake.