Funding boost for language revival
■ Two Pilbara projects have received a cut of $11.9 million in Federal Government funding to boost indigenous languages.
Durack MP Melissa Price said the funding would be a major boost for the region.
“$600,000 will be provided to support the administration of an Indigenous Language Centre in the Pilbara, to undertake a range of language revival and maintenance activities,” she said.
“Over $340,000 will be provided to support Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation to deliver language revival activities and to provide transitional arrangement for indigenous language workers.
“These projects will provide important support for indigenous languages in the regions.”
The funding comes from the Indigenous Languages and Arts program to support community activities designed to address the loss of indigenous languages across Australia.
Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation has spent many years recording Yindjibarndi and Roebourne history and language.
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Michael Woodley said this would allow Juluwarlu to continue the work they had been doing for the past 15 years.
“In the past 18 months the government has been indicating widespread funding cuts making it harder to fund projects, so to receive this is fantastic,” he said.
“This is a big deal in terms of the organisation’s longevity.
“We do this purely because we don’t want our culture to diminish.”
Mr Woodley said the funding showed the government valued their work to preserve Yindjibarndi history. “We’re still working on more Yindjibarndi country books and also on completing our Yindjibarndi language dictionary,” he said.
Funded activities include multimedia programs, cataloguing and digitising language material, the production of stories, a language conference, development of dictionaries and other language resources, online language lessons and news in languages.
Ms Price said the funding would also enable indigenous language centres and service organisations to provide professional development opportunities for indigenous language workers.