Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and
Culture Co-op
14 Bellwood Road
Telephone: 02 65 694 294

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Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative

Darruyay yilaaming maam-weba Muurrbay-gundi!  Ngawaadu ngiyaanya, yuludarla wajaarr gani.  Ngawaadu jalaarla ngiyambala muugay waarruwaygam; ngiyaanya balmuunambay.

Welcome to the Muurrbay website!  Our language comes from our country.  Language gives us our identity and makes us strong.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images and voices of people who have passed away.

Giinagay Ngujawiny (How are you all?)

In 2016  Muurrbay will continue to support Aboriginal language revitalisation in northern NSW and beyond, be sure to watch this space as well our Facebook page.

Also if ANYONE would like to ask us questions be sure to contact us via email. Each week we have someone who can answer your questions and/or refer you on to other Language groups or persons.

Yaarri yarraang (goodbye – in Gumbaynggirr)

Gumbaynggirr Elders and youth joined together to launch Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar

IMG_6985 The new and improved second edition of the Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar was launched by Elder Barry Phyball at Muurrbay on the 18th of March. Ricky Buchanan gave a welcome to country, as he’d done eight years ago for the first edition. From being a young school boy at the first book launch, Ricky is now working in schools, and studying Gumbaynggirr language at TAFE.
Several speakers including Mayor Rhonda Hoban talked about the impact of the dictionary on many aspects of life in the Valley. Uncle Barry Phyball who has a long association with Muurrbay, proudly  launched the book to great applause from the audience.


Barry Phyball, Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhona Hoban and Gary Williams

IMG_6971_CropBrother Steve Morelli (Gugs),who has been with Muurrbay since its beginning, spoke of the long journey of writing the dictionary, the strong collaboration with Gagus Gary Williams and Dallas Walker, and the amazing desk top publishing skills of Muurrbay linguist, Julie Long.
Gugs also mentioned that this book is in a way, just the beginning, it is now up to Gumbaynggirr people to learn more and more of their language, and to share it with children and adults, to continue to bring the language back to life. See our publication page for more details.











What we do….

Muurrbay is a leading regional language centre that provides strategic support to revitalise the languages of seven Aboriginal communities of central to north coast NSW. We work closely with Elders and local language, culture and educational organisations to conduct research, publish accessible grammar–dictionaries and develop engaging educational courses and resources.

Muurrbay gratefully acknowledges funding from the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages Support Program of the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department via its Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) program.

Muurrbay’s vision:

  • Muurrbay supports Aboriginal people to revitalise our language and culture by leading the way in recording, publishing and teaching languages, on the ground and online.
  • The leadership of Elders and expertise of linguists, teachers and information technology experts allow us to empower Aboriginal people by strengthening sense of identity, self-esteem, links to country and life opportunities.
  • Informing non-Aboriginal people of the significance of our language and culture contributes to a more equitable society.
Teachers of the Certificate II in Gumbaynggirr: Michael Jarrett and Steve Morelli

Teachers of the Certificate II in Gumbaynggirr: Michael Jarrett and Steve Morelli



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Muurrbay conducts language research and publishes language and teaching resources as well as developing and teaching Certificate language courses for adults, and supporting language teachers in  pre-schools and schools. We have published six dictionaries and grammars of Aboriginal languages, language teaching resources, Elder’s memoirs, children’s stories and the Handbook of the Aboriginal Languages of NSW and the ACT. We support the community by being a venue for work experience, assist with proof of identity and connecting with  family; we have an e-hub that provides access to computers and the internet, and provide administrative support to Aboriginal people who are applying to study or work.

We provide advice on language to: Aboriginal community members and organisations, TAFE and University students, Department of Environment and Climate Change (National Parks and Wildlife), Local Councils, the Department of Education and Training, Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the NSW Board of Studies.