TAMWORTH TO HAVE SAY ON ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging the local community to attend a local workshop on the development of Aboriginal languages legislation in Tamworth.
Mr Anderson said NSW plans to be the first state in Australia to pass legislation recognising and protecting Aboriginal languages.
“The NSW Government wants to help ensure that future generations can share and enjoy Aboriginal languages in our region,” Mr Anderson said.
“The proposed Aboriginal Languages Bill will acknowledge the first languages of NSW as vital to the culture and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, particularly on Kamilaroi land.
“The upcoming community workshop is an important opportunity for local people to have their say on the development of this ground breaking legislation.”
Aboriginal Languages Legislation – Tamworth Community Workshop
Date: Tuesday, 23rd May
Venue: Binaalba Building, Tamworth TAFE
Time: 9:30AM – 1PM
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said developing legislation is an important step towards further reviving and protecting Aboriginal languages.
“Aboriginal people are the owners of and experts on their languages – we want to hear from them,” Mrs Mitchell said.
“We know communities across the state are taking action to protect and revive NSW’s first languages.
“These consultations will bring community and government together to discuss how the right laws and policies can support local efforts and provide an enduring basis for the protection and maintenance of Aboriginal languages in this state.”
For more information, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website at www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au.