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Ken Walker

I became involved with Aboriginal languages, Gumbaynggirr in particular, in a formal sense when I, and several others, attended classes at Sherwood, near Kempsey, in 1990 being run by Br. Steve Morelli. After graduating we attempted to set up a part-time language class at Macksville TAFE and then applied for accreditation through VETAB for a full-time language which started at Nambucca Heads – Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Cooperative in 1997. I have been employed as Chairperson / teacher since 1997.

I have been attending language conferences in this capacity on a regional, State and Federal level ever since. I, through Muurrbay, have been involved with the formulation of the Aboriginal Language Policy for the NSW Government and its subsequent translation into a syllabus for NSW schools that was done by the Board of Studies. In my time with FATSIL I have seen the growth in NSW of interest in language revival and Muurrbay has always placed itself in a position to talk to and offer advice to people interested in language revival. Muurrbay is now conducting classes in local schools from pre-school to High School as well as TAFE at CHEC – Coffs Harbour Education Campus.