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 2017 Muurrbay will continue to support Aboriginal language revitalisation in northern NSW and beyond, be sure to watch this space as well our Facebook page.

Shaa Smith, illustrator

Shaa Smith

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)

We started 2017  with the launch of our collection of Gumbaynggirr Dreaming stories Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam by Uncle Barry Phyball. Edited by Steve Morelli, Gary Williams and Dallas Walker, with illustrations by Shaa Smith, this collection is based on handwritten stories by Phillip Shannon and audio recordings by Harry Buchanan among others. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the language and culture of the Gumbaynggirr people. The crowds who came to the launch were able to enjoy storytelling, song as well as dancing.

Currently the Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Maintenance is being offered on-site at Muurrbay. This is an opportunity for another generation of local people to upgrade their language skills.

Cert III class

Muurrbay recently offered a Certificate III course in Gathang as part of our increasing focus on developing accredited Aboriginal language courses and teaching resources to empower other language communities along the central to north coasts of NSW.

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.

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

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

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.
Download the Muurrbay brochure

Download the Muurrbay brochure

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.