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We are committed to:

  • creating a family friendly city
  • ensuring our services and plans meet the diverse needs of children and families
  • contributing to the planning, coordination and development of services for children and their families
  • providing space for community-owned children’s services.

Current Programs & Partnerships

  • D’harawal Project - a project for upper primary-aged students, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to learn about Aboriginal culture through stories based on the natural environment. Led by Aboriginal facilitators and story-tellers.
  • transition to School activities
  • National Child Protection week, September
  • Grandparents Picnic - an annual event for grandparents at the Botanic Garden, funded by Families NSW.

Involving children (0 -12yrs) in decision making

Council began to involve children in decision making and active citizenship in 2006. The NSW Commission for Children and Young People approached Council to investigate how local governments can harness children's capacity to create child-friendly environments. Since then Council has involved and listened to children on a number of projects.

Council involves children in planning and decision making because it:

  • Provides children with an opportunity to express ideas and opinions about decisions that affect them
  • Increases children's sense of connection and belonging to their community
  • Teaches children new skills
  • Helps create programs and services that better reflect children's needs
  • Keeps children at the centre of a City's vision for development

The following case studies and resources can help if you are planning to involve children in your projects or management plans. 

Tell us what they wish for the City

Help us design playgrounds

Help us design and create art

Tell us how to make Wollongong greener


Questions you should ask prior to engaging schools and early childhood services or centres.

Sample letter thanking schools or childhood centres for agreeing to participate.

Play Wollongong Strategy Wollongong Strategy

As part of our work towards including children in decision-making, we've recently been working with local students to help us develop 'Play Wollongong', a  strategy to help us make the most of play spaces across our city. You'll find a copy of the strategy and supporting documents on our Play Spaces page



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