We acknowledge the Dharawal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Wollongong Central resides.
We acknowledge the Elders past, present and emerging.
Wollongong Central proudly rests on the land of the Wodi Wodi people, who are a part of the Dharawal Nation.
Dharawal people are distinguished as fresh water, bitter water or salt water people depending on whether they occupied the coastal regions, the swamps, or the plateaus and inland river valleys.
Traditional stories tell of their arrival at the mouth of Lake Illawarra in canoes. They brought the dharawal (cabbage tree palm) with them from the north and are given their name from this sacred tree.
At Wollongong Central, we extend a warm welcome to all First Nations people, and we pay our respect to their ongoing connection to land and community.