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Maintaining traditional languages in the Kimberley

The McGowan Government is supporting maintaining traditional languages in the Kimberley through a $100,000 grant to the Kimberley Language Resource Centre.

The grant will support the centre’s Traditional Language Preservation project to produce and publish a range of selected stories from its archive in the relevant Aboriginal language, accompanied by an English translation. Where possible these books will use illustrations from local artists.

The project will also digitise material that has been collected or recorded at the centre over the past three decades.

The Kimberley Language Resource Centre was established as an independent, community-based Aboriginal organisation in 1984. It provides skills development, workshops and project advice to the 30 remaining language groups across the region.

The grant is part of the Local Projects, Local Jobs program which is supporting a range of projects across regional Western Australia.