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Wollongong City Council

Aboriginal Culture and Communities

Join our Aboriginal Reference Group

We're inviting expressions of interest from Aboriginal community members in Wollongong who are interested in becoming a member of Council’s Aboriginal Reference Group.

Applications are open until 5pm, Tuesday 19 August 2022.

Please see our Public Notice for details.


The area we know today as Wollongong was originally inhabited by the Dharawal people (also spelled Tarawal or Thuruwal), who remain the Traditional Custodians of this land.

The name Wollongong is said to originate from the Aboriginal word woolyungah, meaning five islands.

Wollongong has a proud Aboriginal community that encourages everyone to learn about and celebrate local cultural traditions.

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