Reconciliation Action Plan

Chris Redmond, Director and Michelle Abel, WCS Board Member,
unveil the acknowledgement plaque.

Our vision for reconciliation is to assist to build a diverse and cohesive community that welcomes all its members and recognises the value that each member provides to our community.

Woden Community Service (WCS) acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of this land and their continuing connection to land and community.

We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and elders past, present and future

Attached to this page, you can find our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). There is also an activity update following through on the commitments we made in the RAP in a progress report.

Upcoming Events:


WCS is working with ACTCOSS, The Smith Family, Northside Community Service, YWCA Canberra and Karralika to put on a fun family event in NAIDOC week, focusing on the theme of ‘We All Stand on Sacred Ground’. 

All welcome to join us as we celebrate NAIDOC through storytelling, artwork and a yarn with our respected Elders and future generation.

Date: Thursday, 9 July 2015
Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Place: Parkview, Cnr Launceston and Easty Streets, Woden (opposite Canberra College and next to Eddison Park)
Catering: Traditional Torres Strait Islander food and a BBQ will be provided

Flyer - Community NAIDOC Celebration Flyer - Community NAIDOC Celebration (616 KB)

Past Events:

National Sorry Day Bridge Walk

On Friday, 22 May 2015 WCS staff, volunteers and service users had the honour of taking part in the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk at Commonwealth Avenue Bridge with hundreds of other Canberrans.

The children from the Lollipop and Lyons Children’s Centres bravely faced the cold weather to carry a banner they made especially to say ‘sorry’ to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Close the Gap Morning Tea

On Thursday 19 March, our RAP team held a morning tea for National Close the Gap Day at the Woden Youth Centre.

Thanks to our Guest Speaker, Stephanie Harvey, CEO of Indigenous Community Volunteers, who spoke very passionately about the importance of the community working together as a team to tackle disadvantage.

Thanks also to Aunty Agnes for her Welcome to Country, Andrew Horne from Southside Community Service for playing the didgeridoo and the Lollipop Children who put on a fantastic (and very cute) display of song and dance!

For more information about Close the Gap and how you can get involved, visit Oxfam Australia’s website:


Stephanie Harvey, CEO Indigenous Community Volunteers, Michael Ohrin, Reconciliation Australia, and members of the WCS RAP team.


For more information about the WCS RAP, please contact:

Julie Evans - P: (02) 6221 9515 | E:
Susan Henderson - P: (02) 6234 6809 | E:


Reconciliation Action Plan Reconciliation Action Plan (2260 KB)

Reconciliation Action Plan - Progress Report Reconciliation Action Plan - Progress Report (192 KB)