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About Awabakal Country

Awabakal Country is in Australia on the east coast. North of Sydney, it encompasses the modern cities of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounding areas.

  • Working with Schools

    - ON HOLD DURING COVID - Our School Workshops give your children a chance to learn some of the Awabakal Language, the traditional Aboriginal language of the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley landscapes. The children thoroughly enjoy our interactive lessons.
    Helping community
  • Consultancy services

    Our Awabakal Language & Culture Team are available to assist where possible in matters relating to Awabakal Language & Culture. Our Centre has a research and conservation development program, so we are regularly learning new things about Awabakal language and culture.
    Working with community
  • Tap into our resources

    Learning Awabakal Language is not just about learning our word for 'eyes' or 'tree'. It is also about learning a different way of viewing the world. Our language is a gateway to our culture. Explore our range of Awabakal language resources - books, posters, snap and flash cards.
    National recognition

Microsoft Australia, 7.4.2008

[Note: Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre came Runner Up in this very challenging competition...]

UP Innovation Competition - Winners Announced!

The Microsoft UP Innovation Competition sought to uncover exceptional and innovative UP centre programs and to give public recognition to some outstandingly innovative and creative programs.

The winner of the UP Innovation Competition 2007 is:

Nick Van de Peer

UP Centre: WorkVentures' Bowraville CTC

Project: "Indigenous Youth PC program"

This project hosted 17 Indigenous youth on a two-week long IT skills development program. It provided the participants with an opportunity for skills development and pathways to employment, outside the rigorous structure of traditional education. A hands-on, flexible and interactive education program was used to build capacities within the Indigenous students and enhance their problem solving aptitude and self-esteem.

The key concept of Nick's program was to implement and conduct training within the student's local community so that senior members of their community support them. The courses were run to a curriculum that was developed specifically for this target group.

During the process of training, the participants refurbished / rebuilt a PC, filmed and edited a digital movie, and on successful completion of the course took ownership of that PC as well as receiving a Certificate of Proficiency.

The judges selected Nick's project because it demonstrated a real innovative use of technology, achieved its objectives and had a lasting impact on the local community.

Runner-Up Prize

Dianna Newman & Daryn McKenny

UP centre: Awarbukarl Cultural Resource Association Inc. (ACRA)

Project: "Modern Ways for Ancient Words"

Through its community network, ACRA has commenced taking computer training to eager learners. Through the use of the UP Curriculum, Microsoft software and their own developed software (Miromaa) ACRA has been able to provide the necessary skills to Aboriginal communities around Australia to assist in the preservation and dissemination of the endangered traditional languages of Aboriginal Australia. Communities are realising the importance that technology can play by giving them the tools and skills to embark on reclaiming, preserving and disseminating these 250 plus native languages of Australia.

The judges wanted to recognize the fantastic work that ACRA had achieved and to acknowledge the enormous social impact this project has.

Special Judges' Choice Award

Robyn Hofmeyr

UP centre: The Winifred Fisher - Indigenous Knowledge Centre

Project: "NAIDOC PowerPoint Competition"

This UP centre is housed in the Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) in Cherbourg, an indigenous town in SE Queensland. Their aim in the Cherbourg IKC is to encourage people to engage / re-engage with technology and learning in a creative and sustained way. This required the UP centre staff to overcome historical and cultural barriers and find ways to make learning meaningful to people. Robyn's NAIDOC PowerPoint Competition is one such strategy.

The judges felt that a special mention had to be made of this important project.

Finally, our thanks to everyone who participated in the UP Innovation Competition. There were many innovative and highly beneficial projects in the submissions we received, and we appreciate the effort that went into creating all of them.

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Special relationship

We are fortunate to have a close relationship with First Languages Australia.

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