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Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land

The FATSIL NEWSLETTER APRIL / MAY / JUNE, 1997
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATION OF LANGUAGES
VOLUME 05

Nerida, Rita, Jade and Rachel were amongst dancers joining in an open day cultural performance at Worawa College, Healesville, Victoria.
Nerida, Rita, Jade and Rachel were amongst dancers joining in an open day cultural performance at Worawa College, Healesville, Victoria.
State language bodies are under pressure to utilize funding allocations within set time frames as the effects of ATSIC budget cuts are felt. Ray Kent, Assistant General Manager - Culture, Legal Aid and Family Policy, told delegates at the FATSIL Governing Committee meeting in Canberra, that States which were unable to distribute funds and demonstrate effective outcomes within a preset period, stood to lose the allocation for the current year as well as reducing entitlement for the following 12 months.

Pressure to prioritize funding distribution was responsible for the closure of Community Youth Support, Movement to Award Wages and the Community Training programs last year.

Also emphasised was the need to ensure that ATSIC Commissioners attached to the Language portfolio were kept up to date on the progress of both State and individual regional activities.

This would assist them in making representation to the Commission during the process of budgetary distribution.

The Canbera meeting was attended by both ATSIC Language Commissioners, Ian Delaney and Leonie Dickson. Commissioner Delaney stressed the need for teamwork between FATSIL and ATSIC to ensure a workable flow of information between the two bodies, and cooperation in the formulation of policy.