Bunbury hosts national language conference

NOONGAR language will be at the forefront of the community next week when Bunbury hosts the WA and Northern Territory Language Conference.

The team at Goomburrup Aboriginal Centre in Bunbury have been preparing for the conference which aims to share and “revive” endangered languages from across the country.

Denise Smith-Ali, Char-maine Bennell and Gloria Dann have travelled to most of the 15 Noongar clans in the South West to help share their stories.

They have helped the clans create books which tell modern and ancient stories of the Noongar culture.

Ms Bennell said they connected the authors with an illustrator which was often a relative.

As part of the language conference on June 25, 26 and 27 there will be a launch for four of the books that the Goomburrup centre helped put together.

The Noongar Wilki Wongki art exhibition will be launched at 12.30pm on June 25 and will be open for three days.

All of the paintings will be for sale and show off the Noongar culture.

There will be a range of  people speaking across the three days about the importance of language, including a UN representative from San Diego.

There will be visitors from Northern Territory, Sydney, Victoria and northern WA to share their knowledge of language.

As part of the conference artist Troy Bennell will hold a cultural tour on June 27.

For more information visit wanala.batchelor .edu.au

Bunbury prepares for the WA and Northern Territory Language Conference.

Bunbury prepares for the WA and Northern Territory Language Conference.