our team - staff and Founders

OUR staff

Menah McKenzie

Female Senior Youth Worker

Philamena is a proud Burarra woman from Maningrida and also proud of her Scottish heritage from her grand father.

She has worked in youth services for over 4 years, across 4 Arnhem land communities delivering programs that support wellbeing, health, education and leadership. She also played a role in mentoring local youth workers in communities, planning and delivering youth events, and is also an event manager on the annual Lurra Festival. Philamena established The Youth leadership committee at GYS Maningrida to enable youth leadership opportunities. She has also led youth initiatives, such as the 2016 Yarning up strong healing our youth suicide prevention forum, and has recently started coordinating the Salt water divas women in music program to empower and develop women on their music journey’s. Recognised for her work and efforts, Philamena was a finalist in the young achievers awards in 2017 and a category winner in 2019. She’s passionate about guiding people young and old towards their healing journey. 

Ray-Ray McKenzie

Workshop Facilitator
& Youth Trainee

Ray-Ray is the Youth Apprentice at Balunu, she takes care of Balunu’s small events, Social media pages and helps co-facilitate the Strong young Tiddas Program.

Outside of Balunu Ray-Ray is a singer-songwriter who often performs around Darwin. 


David Cole


I had the vision for Balunu for many years before actively working. The Balunu Foundation to me is the result of my life experiences and my personal challenges I have faced. Overcoming these struggles to break the cycle for my children has motivated me to try helping other youth also to break the cycles of which many Indigenous people are stuck in.

I see this vision as my purpose and it is my passion to reach out to help as many Indigenous people to rise above all that holds us back to create positive cycles for the generations to come. I am committed to this vision and truly believe that if we all unite and walk together we can achieve greatness and undo the injustices of the past by taking positive affirmative action today to make tomorrow a better place for all.

Mim Cole


Mim Cole is a co-founder of Balunu

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4 Totem Rd,

Ludmilla NT 0820

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The Balunu Foundation Ltd is a non-profit, Australian Public Company limited by guarantee incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001. Balunu is a public benevolent institution and registered charity, exempt from income tax and registered as a deductible gift recipient.

ABN 23 122 954 698