Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre marks 10 years

Christmas won’t be the only celebration on at the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre next week.

This year marks 10 successful years for the Language Centre and to celebrate the milestone, a Lunch for Language will be held at Bundiyarra on Wednesday 16 December.

A healthy spread of tucker including damper, stews, barbecued sh and salads will be provided.

Guests will be entertained with tradi onal dancing, music and entertainment. It’s the perfect opportunity for a catch up yarn with friends, an opportunity to make new ones and share some pre-Christmas cheer.

The Irra-Wangga Language Centre moved to Bundiyarra in 2005 building on the extensive work already done by the Yamaji Language Centre with languages in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Murchison regions.

Since that me, Irra-Wangga has gone from strength to strength producing more than 20 publica ons including the popular Wajarri Dic onary that was 25 years in the making – and which will go into a second print run next year thanks to the generous support of Sinosteel Midwest Corpora on.

Other publica ons include the Badimaya Dic onary, various language alphabet posters and myriad language recordings and oral histories.

Language Centre Coordinator, Jennifer Kniveton-Gregory, said the Language Centre has worked hard to capture the full picture of language, not just the words on the page, or in the air, but complete with the full cultural context.
“The role of the Language Centre is to help capture that essence. Language has a real connec on to country and all languages in the region face the possibility of being lost in one genera on,” she said.
“Community is invited to Bundiyarra on Eastward Road, Geraldton from noon on 16 December to help celebrate the wonderful past decade of language work and inspire the next 10 years.”

Please RSVP to Bundiyarra on 9920 7900 for catering purposes.