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A  new language centre to be incorporated into a $4.7 million heritage and cultural centre in Carnarvon WA, will provide a focal point for the work of five language groups within the area.

The Piyardi Yardi Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre will combine a traditional language centre with an art gallery, museum and exhibition space, conference facilities and meeting place for community members, as just some of the proposed functions of the development.

FATSIL Chairperson, Lester Coyne said,"People from the Inggarda, Baiyungu,Thudgarri, Malgana and Thalanji language groups have been working for years to see this project come together, and the results are outstanding.There's an enormous sense of pride within the community over the whole design and concept, and it's well deserved."

Construction of the building, which has been funded through the Western Australian Government, is due to start in September. Project Manager, Ms Rowena Mitchell, is confident the centre will become a common meeting place for the Aboriginal people of the area.

Ms Mitchell said the new language centre will allow the further development of teaching programs which have already seen Inggarda and Baiyungu offered in TAFE courses. All five groups will now follow through with expansion of their existing projects.

Included in the vision for the Piyardi Yardi Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre are a retail store, café, amphitheatre and a traditional cultural village.This will be set up with distinct areas for each of the five language communities to use for displays and presentations.A new Business Incubator program will also be established to foster and promote the work of local artists.

Funding partners for the project are ATSIC;Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board; the Lotteries Commission;Western Australian Government and the Western Australian Museum.