GEORGE WELCOMES ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE GRANTS

GEORGE WELCOMES ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE GRANTS

NSW Government grants to preserve and revitalise the use of Aboriginal language have been welcomed by the Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George.

Mr George said the grants of up to $300,000 for community language projects across NSW are vital in ensuring Aboriginal language is not lost.

“Retaining language is a must for Aboriginal people across the State and if the Government truly wants to tackle disadvantage, this program must continue to be supported.

“Children in NSW schools have the opportunity to learn a variety of languages yet Aboriginal children are not granted access to their own language.

“Bringing language back to communities has to be done now, before this important part of Aboriginal culture is lost forever.”

Mr George said groups within the electorate are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver Aboriginal language programs in the community.

“Small grants of up to $5,000 per project are available and $200,000 is available for larger one off projects.

“These grants provide groups the opportunity to retain Aboriginal language used in their community and ensure this tool of cultural identity is not lost.”

Mr George said the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group plan to run community language workshops and forums across the State.

“I strongly encourage groups across the electorate to find out more information by visiting www.daa.nsw.gov.au to obtain application forms and guidelines.

Applications close 11 June 2010.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577