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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

National Indigenous Times 11.10.2006

The work of the Indigenous Creative Enterprise Centre (ICEC) in Newcastle has been given a boost with the donation of 8 laptop computers by Avanade Australia. 

ICEC is a centre of IT Training, Indigenous business incubation and cultural language promotion.

Avanade Australia, a global technology integrator for Microsoft enterprise solutions, has donated the laptops to help with remote IT training.

"The donation of the 8 laptop computers is invaluable," said Daryn McKenny, general manager of ICEC.

"These machines will be used to assist in setting up a remote training room where we will be able to take the classroom to our communities, wherever they may be."

ICEC benefits the local community by improving the IT skill base in the Indigenous and broader community. It also aims to enhance the long-term business sustainability for Aboriginal small businesses through IT training. 

ICEC receives support through the Microsoft "Unlimited Potential" program, a community initiative that aims to help people across Australia overcome the digital divide within their communities, regardless of their circumstances. 

ICEC also supports Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association with IT equipment for cultural and language preservation. Arwarbukarl is an organisation set up for the purpose of Aboriginal language maintenance and revival.

"There are over 250 Aboriginal languages across Australia with over 800 dialects and it is important that we try to preserve these languages for future generations and utilise technology wherever we can," said mr McKenny.

"I was very impressed with the purpose built application aimed at preserving these threatened languages," said John Poole, Customer Director for Avanade.

"Using these laptops to take the language program to the communities realy does support ICEC's byline - "Where Tradition meets Technology" - and Avanade is very pleased to be able to support ICEC's work in this field."


Special relationship

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

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