About Broome CIRCLE
Broome CIRCLE was formed in 1982 by a group of women in response to the isolation they experienced living away from extended families. They created Broome CIRCLE to connect with and support one another. Incorporated in 1988, Broome CIRCLE began by extending programming to families, providing key community services and social support across the Shire. In the late 1990s, Broome CIRCLE won a tender to provide financial management and financial capability services to people in financial crisis in the area. More recently, Broome CIRCLE has been funded to coordinate the Broome Volunteer Resource Service.
Visions and Values
Our vision is to see Broome CIRCLE in the forefront of developing a vibrant, cohesive, happy, thriving, welcoming community.
Our purpose is to build a stronger and more inclusive community through connecting people, encouraging collaboration, supporting initiatives and exchanging skills.
Our Vision and Values
We aim to build an inclusive community which fosters
Belonging and participation – the whole community has an equal opportunity to be involved
Respect – different views, backgrounds and ideas are all worthy of respect
Empowerment – building the capacity of vulnerable groups to participate and contribute in decision making
Collective action – doing things together that make a difference
Communication – open and honest dialogue; acknowledging different needs and building trust.
Sustainability – looking to our future and acknowledging that we are caretakers of our community for coming generations.
Committee of Management
Brendan Renkin (Chairperson)
Sue Fraser (Treasurer)
Sandy Joffe - Executive Officer
Patty Mamid - Administration and Support Worker
Ben Swanson - Garden and Social Enterprise
Melinda Grosz - Data Manager
Financial Management Program Staff
Maggie Mildenhall - FMP Hub Coordinator
Sue Urquhart - Senior Financial Counsellor
Tom Chapman - Outreach Financial Counsellor
Maria Mann - Financial Counsellor (Part-time)
Kylie Brockenshire - Financial Capability Worker
Community Development Team
Sam Bowra - Community Development Coordinator
Cherry Lawton - Volunteer Resource Service Officer
Andy Stewart - Creche Coordinator
More about Broome
The Shire of Broome LGA incorporates the Broome and Roebuck Statistical Areas. It is located 2,200 kilometres from Perth and covers an area of 56,000km. The 2011 census revealed that Broome had a SEIFA (Socio Economic Index for Areas) classification of ‘less disadvantage’ (4th highest decile), but Roebuck as a whole is classified as a region of ‘Most Disadvantage’ and falls into the lowest decile. The 2016 census is likely to reveal a drop in the Broome SEIFA ranking as the region is currently in an economic downturn following the collapse of the proposed gas project at Tom Price Point. Nonetheless, these data reveal the diversity and inequality of the population in the Broome Shire.
Despite the economic uncertainties, growth of Broome Shire is expected to continue. The Shire projects population to grow from the current 17,000 to between 27,000 and 43,000 by 2036, suggesting a high degree of uncertainty around growth. Two salient characteristics of the population are its enormous growth during the dry season to over 40,000, and its transient nature. Also, nearly half the population were not living in the region five years earlier.
Broome is an extremely culturally diverse Shire. Close to 30% of the population is Aboriginal and more than 5% speak a language other than English at home.
Housing affordability is a significant issue in the region. In 2011, 1,877 people were homeless in the Kimberley region – 10 times the WA average rate.