Break Thru WA History and Values

The Great Southern Employment Development Committee is one of the Great southern's longest standing Not-for-Profit organisations, first formed in 1987. Our longevity is testament to the dedicated staff and members who have ensured the organisation remains relevant in the Not-for-Profit sector, and continues to strive for improvement and innovation in all it delivers. We believe our flexibility differentiates us from many other service organisations. Over the past decade the GSEDC has delivered programs in partnership with Government and community. 

In 2018 the GSEDC began trading as Breakthru WA ...


We love what we do, and we exist to serve our local and regional community

Our Purpose


Janelle Price

GSEDC Executive Officer Janelle Price holds a BA and was awarded Runner-up Dux at UWA (Albany, 2012). Between 1994 and 2003 Janelle expatriated, during which time she worked with communities in West Africa, India and PNG to establish micro business and community ventures. In 2004 she returned to Australia and established a family beef cattle enterprise whilst completing her BA. Since 2007 she's worked throughout the Great Southern on regional development initiatives and social support programing variously funded by DIaC, ABS Census Division, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, and the WA Department of Local Government and Communities. 

Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Rumball

Mel has been working with Youth Industry for 15 years ranging from Youth Outreach to Justice. She is very passionate about the youth of today and the barriers they are facing.  Mel is very excited about being part of a dynamic and inspiring project and believes it has the potential to change young people’s lives. 

Young Harvest Lead Youth Worker

Eliza Woods

Eliza is a respected Noongar matriarch of the Great Southern and has dedicated her life to assisting her people to empower them. She has been active in numerous roles for 40 years in community welfare, education, housing, employment, mentoring, education, training…you name it, Eliza has done it so Noongar people get the best outcomes possible. She wants to keep giving back to her community and has no plans to stop yet. 

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Family Liaison Worker

Lee Madden

Lee is the "say what you mean ... and mean what say" person at BreakthruWA. Lee is a big lady with a big heart, and she is determined to help create big opportunities for youth. Lee has worked passionately for over a decade at the 'coal face' of various demanding community service programs; she believes that relationships are built with give and take, honesty, and by being thoughtful, honest and frank. Lee was a Yank who left the USA searching for a home, and found it in Albany more then 30 years ago. 

Executive Support

Nicolette Mulcahy

Nic brings enthusiasm and energy to the team.  She is passionate about the prospects of regional youth and has previously worked as a trainer for long term unemployed jobseekers.  Nic worked in the casino and convention industry for many years.  She brings strong administration and project management skills to our staff team. Born in Tasmania and raised on a fine wool farm on Bruny Island, Nic possesses farming knowledge and isn’t afraid to muck in with Young Harvesters.  She also serves on several community based boards and foundations in Albany.

Operations & Programs Officer

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