Noeletta McKenzie


Noeletta is a Darwin born and bread woman, with roots tracking from central Australia, the Luritja tribe and from Western Australia Yamaji tribe.   

Noeletta has worked in youth affairs sector for approximately 20 years, She recently spent over 10 years running and building up the youth centre in Maningrida community. Noeletta is passionate about Indigenous affairs, social justice, including youth justice and the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. She also has a wealth of experience working in the arts sector, previously a singer songwriter with the Wild Water Band, and an events coordinator and festival director of the Lurra Festival. 
Noeletta also has a love for writing children's books and it sticks by the saying that every kid she works with is a kid apart of her family. 

Menah McKenzie 

Female Senior Youth worker

Philamena is a proud Burarra woman from Maningrida but also proud oh her Scottish heritage from he grand father. She has worked in youth services for over 4 years. She has worked 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 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 

Youth Apprentice/ workshop facilitator

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. 

Zac Alexandrov

Male Senior Youth Worker

Zac is a strong young Indigenous man born and bred in the Northern Territory with family ties from the Pitjanjatjara/Nyangatjatjara people in central desert Tiwi Islands Western and South Australia, he is a traditional owner of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park having both lived in the desert and around Salt water he has a rare Knowledge of both walks of life, Zac has been working with youth for the past four years with experience in working with challenging and level 4 Youth, Zac is extremely excited to be working with Balunu and will be leading our Strong Young Warrior Programs to share his life experiences and knowledge with all our future leaders and Warriors.



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 is the co-founder of Balunu.  


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