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Uncle Ken Walker

Uncle Gary Williams

Gary Williams is Muurrbay CEO.  He has recently been researching the Gumbaynggirr Collected Stories, supports the Gumbaynggirr language courses, and travels throughout the region advising on regional language projects, particularly Bundjalung.

Dallas Walker

Dallas Walker

Giinagay nganyundi bijaarr ganyjarr ganyjarr.  Hello my name willy wagtail.

Hello my name is Dallas Walker and I’ve been learning Gumbaynggirr for about 15 years. Now I’m Head Teacher at Muurrbay, as well as a consultant, and I enjoy teaching who ever wants to learn their own language.

Anna Ash

Anna Ash

Jingehla! Minya nyura wubaliyn? (that’s a little bit Bundjalung, a little bit Gathang). I’m regional co-ordinator linguist-at Muurrbay, co-ordinating language workers and linguists working on various language revitalisation  projects such as a Learner’s grammar for Wannaruwa, Online dictionary database for Bundjalung, Darkinyung and Gathang community classes, and professional development in language and IT.

Brother Steve Morelli

Brother Steve Morelli

Hi I’m Brother Steve (Gugs) and I’ve been working with Muurrbay since the early days in Sherwood. I teach one day a week at Muurrbay. I also produce teaching resources and am working with Muurrbay on language development and publishing the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming stories. I have resumed researching Yaygirr language, and workshoping with language teachers.

Julie Long

Julie Long

Hi, My name is Julie Long and I’m working with Many Rivers, mainly in language education and IT support. I support the Gathang Certificate I course and the Certificate III which is under development; and support the publishing wing by desk-top publishing and editing. I have a BA in Linguistics and have taught various foreign languages in primary schools for the past 8 years. I have worked alongside Michael Jarrett at St. Mary’s Bowraville on a K-6 program and wrote the Barriyala; Let’s Work student workbooks for the Gumbaynggirr language.

terrie Lowe

Terrie Lowe

Jinggiwahla Ngay gala nyari Terrie, Bundjalung dubay, Hello my name is Terrie & I am a Bundjalung women and my mob is from Baryulgil. In 2013 was awarded a Masters of Indigenous Language Education at Sydney University and have been enhancing my language knowledge ever since.   Just recently completed Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages – The University of Adelaide.  I am responsible for developing teaching resources and organising community-based language workshops and training.

Maxine Jarrett

Maxine Jarrett

Giinagay my name is Maxine Jarrett. I was born in the Nambucca Valley and am a proud Gumbaynggirr woman. I learnt our language at Muurrbay Aboriginal Language Centre where I received my Certificate II and IV in Gumbaynggirr Language and Cultural Maintainance. I am very honoured to be teaching the Gumbaynggirr language to our children in the Valley. I hope that the children enjoy it as much as I do.  Unite as one! Maxine Jarrett.

Michael Jarrett

Michael Jarrett

Michael teaches the Gumbaynggirr language course for adults at Muurrbay, as well as teaching the language in several schools throughout the Nambucca Valley.  A graduate of the Sydney University Masters in Indigenous Languages Education, Michael is continually learning more language and honing his skills in language teaching and linguistics.

 

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Ruth Link

My name is Ruth Link I am a Gooreng Gooreng Woman.  My role is Administration Assistance.  I have worked as a Stolen Generation worker and been fortunate enough to learn the profound effects this has impacted on our people; so the protection of Language and Culture is vital to me and our generations to come.

Zeminda

Zeminda Walker

Giinagay ngujawiny, nganyundi bijaar Balalagan (Flying Fish). I am a local Gumbaynggirr woman from Bowraville. In 2002 I graduated as the First Student in NSW to complete a Higher School Certificate in Aboriginal Languages. I am currently the Admin officer for Muurrbay as well as, studying Psychology with the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

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 Albert Burgman

Hi,

Muurrbay has recently engaged me as a consultant linguist. One of my main roles is liaising with the community to develop a Darkinyung language revitalisation plan. The other major role is to provide training in transcribing audio so that Aboriginal language learners can more easily access language recordings.

My heritage is Dutch and Irish, and I was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW; I have been based on the Central coast for eleven years.

I have over thirty years of experience working with Aboriginal people on their languages, and a great deal of this time in the field of education. I am a qualified linguist and primary school teacher. I have taught in primary schools, juvenile justice, TAFE and university. For the last fifteen years I worked as a linguist for Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in South Hedland, WA. Much of that work focused on developing language databases, dictionaries in hard copy and computer based formats, and sketch grammars.