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Gathang Cert III Graduation

From L-R Julie Long with graduates: Rose Lowe, Jonathan Lilley (behind Rose),Arlene McInherny, Lyne Walshe, Rhonda Radley, Sharon Edgar-Jones, Natalie Stanfield, Jay Davis, Yeena Robins

Stormy conditions did not prevent students from the Gathang Certificate III course gathering at Club Taree for their graduation ceremony on Wednesday 15 March. Marianne McKinnon-Kidd was the only . . . → Read More: Gathang Cert III Graduation

Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam Book Launch

On the 15th February, 2017 Muurrbay launched the Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam (Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection) at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre.

Elders and community members travelled from far and wide to enjoy the book launch.

Michael Jarrett oversaw proceeding as Master of Ceremonies.

Muurrbay’s Gary . . . → Read More: Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam Book Launch

Muurrbay welcomes Mari Rhydwen

Mari RhydwenRegional Coordinator Muurrbay

Muurrbay is pleased to announce Mari Rhydwen has been appointed as Regional Coordinator. Mari started work for Muurrbay on the 13 February, 2017. Mari comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Following her early research in Kriol communities in the NT she took up University appointments at UWA at . . . → Read More: Muurrbay welcomes Mari Rhydwen

“Wunaa junaa yaarri yarraang, junaa ngiina nyaagu gangaa!

In 2004 Anna was appointed as the Co-ordinator-Linguist to establish Muurrbay’s Regional activity ‘Many Rivers Aboriginal Language Centre’. Anna was responsible for expanding Muurrbay’s role to support not one but seven languages, she established a Regional Advisory Group to assist in prioritising Muurrbay’s activities. Anna facilitated the process of the two activities joining to . . . → Read More: “Wunaa junaa yaarri yarraang, junaa ngiina nyaagu gangaa!” Don’t say goodbye, just say see you later!” – Anna Ash

Macquarie University student placement

Annina and Terrie Lowe, Bundjalung language coordinator, learning about ELAN

This week and next week Muurrbay welcomes Macquarie University student Annina Chrystal to our office. Annina is a third year student from Macquarie University studying linguistics, and is undertaking work placement with us for her degree. Annina has already made a valuable contribution to . . . → Read More: Macquarie University student placement

ELAN Workshop

Muurrbay staff and Gumbaynggirr language teachers came together for training in the transcribing program ELAN. Led by Muurrbay consultant linguist Albert Burgman, the training focused on how we can use ELAN to transcribe incredibly valuable recordings of speakers, resulting in a time-aligned file that matches up the audio recording with the written text. This is . . . → Read More: ELAN Workshop

Darkinyung Language workshops

In mid-March, Muurrbay arranged two Darkinyung Language workshops in Wyong and Kariong to bring together everyone interested in being involved in the revitalisation of the language.

We were welcomed in Darkinyung by Aunty Bronwyn Chambers and Gary Williams did an acknowledgement of country in Gumbaynggirr.

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Launch of Gumbaynggirr Dictionary

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

Barry Phyball, Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban and Gary Williams

The new and improved second edition of the Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar was launched by Elder Barry Phyball at Muurrbay on the 18th of March 2016. Ricky Buchanan gave a welcome to country, as he’d done . . . → Read More: Launch of Gumbaynggirr Dictionary


‘Cleverman’ is an upcoming 6 part series that has a futuristic setting. It will feature on ABC television and has a cast of familiar names both in acting and production, as well as our up and coming actors- You will need to keep an eye out for the credits.

Muurrbay’s connection to ‘Cleverman’ is . . . → Read More: ‘Cleverman’

'Survival Day'

Up and at em’ early- setting up our stall for ‘Survival Day’!

Well done to Uncle Gary Williams and Jinda Maxine Jarrett for representing Muurrbay on this special day and showcasing the hard work that we do here, when maintaining and continue on with our language.

This is evidence of our survival and we should . . . → Read More: ‘Survival Day’