It was from the aspirations of the local Elders that IWC was formed. IWC became a sign of hope and courage - a movement to take control of the services being provided to First Nations peoples and change pre-existing service models for the future.
It was time for a change, it was time for the community and people to have a voice over their lives. It was time for a new organisation to lead the way in Australia and show our people what we’re truly capable of with a voice and a vision.
In 2014, IWC expanded with the completion of Stage 1 of the Bundaberg IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre. This was followed with completion of Stage 2 of the building in 2019, with a total investment in social infrastructure of around $30 million.
In 2021, we responded to North Burnett’s cry for help by investing over $3 million into a new purpose-built Health and Wellbeing Centre in the region. The new facility included a unique Indoor Sports Stadium, originally donated to the community by the Robinson family in the 1990s.
Across both locations, IWC employs over 140 local people and provides around 137,000 instances of care per annum within our communities, with greater than 15,0000 clients regularly accessing our services. With the majority of our original Corporate Blueprint being completed, we are shifting our focus towards becoming a national leader in practising Reconciliation in Action and settings new benchmarks for the quality of services available to First Nations peoples.
IWC delivers true Reconciliation in Action by working with and for the community with the type, level, and quality of services required by everyone in a way that respects and honours our original purpose, vision, and beliefs – the foundation of who we are and how we began. Whoever you are and whatever your background or culture, you’re welcome in our mob.
The Hands of Peace represent IWC’s release of all its services to all people across the regions.
The butterfly is a totem that covers the whole region and represents good rain, growth, and regeneration. It represents human fragility amid our potential for an abundant life filled with words and actions of the highest good for ourselves and others.
These elements together, depict reconciliation in action. The IWC journey, with its delivery of a growing range of services to all, takes patience and hard work.
Guided by the butterfly in the hands, the IWC continues to ask the question, “What do you have in your hands?” IWC knows that in sharing our gifts, the transformation of the highest good in our communities will occur and bring healing to our Land and Spirit.