Gugan Gulwan’s new home will support the delivery of expanded services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.
03 August 2023
A traditional Smoking Ceremony has been held to cleanse Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation’s Wanniassa site, after the demolition of the old facility.
This ceremony is the next step in the delivery of the purpose-built facility for Gugan Gulwan.
Gugan Gulwan’s new home will support the delivery of expanded services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, and families in a familiar setting.
Gugan Gulwan has served the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the ACT for more than 30 years. The plans for the new facility have been developed through an inclusive co-design partnership, ensuring the design and construction process is guided by Gugan Gulwan’s cultural expertise and experience.
The design of the new facility was informed by consultation with individuals and families with connections and links to Gugan Gulwan. The ACT community also had the chance to have their say on the project through a public consultation process.
Concept render of the new Gugan Gulwan facility.
The ACT Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal community-controlled organisations to strengthen and grow, enabling them to deliver more services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.
Commencement of site works marks an important step in delivering a building that will support Gugan Gulwan, its staff, and their work supporting Canberra’s First Nations children, young people, and families.
Key features will include a reception area, staff workspaces, youth work and homework spaces, function and exhibition spaces, art and music facilities and indoor and outdoor play areas.
The outcome of the tender process to construct the facility will be announced in the coming weeks.
In preparation for development of the new facility, Gugan Gulwan has temporarily relocated to Erindale Business Park, 2 Lansell Circuit, Wanniassa.
More information about Gugan Gulwan can be found on their website: gugan-gulwan.com.au
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