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Incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, First Languages Australia currently has a group of nine directors who manage a range of specialized portfolios.

Geoff Anderson Geoff came to understand the power of language when he found personal healing by coming to learn his own Wiradjuri language. He is now a powerful advocate within the schools and the whole Parkes community, helping to teach people of all ages. Geoff is a member of the Parkes Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the Wiradjuri Council of Elders.
Faith Baisden Faith is coordinator for First Languages Australia and responsible for the administrative portfolio for the organisation. She is a member of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee and has a strong interest in the production of resources for language programs and the use of new technologies to help with language teaching. Her country is Yugambeh in south east Queensland.
Melinda Holden Melinda Holden, a Warrgamay and Goreng Goreng woman, has a Diploma in Linguistic and Planning and Diploma in Material Production. She played a key role in the establishment of the North Queensland Region Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre. Melinda has developed several resource materials in her mother's language. She is also a member of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee.
Karina Lester

Karina Lester is an Anangu woman from Central Australia and a speaker of Yankunytjatjara language. She is the Aboriginal Language co/ manager for the Mobile Languages Unit in South Australia, working closely with regional and remote communities on a diverse range of projects and is also an Anangu Interpreter and Translator. Karina has had extensive experience with the media including work with the ABC and as a producer with Nganampa Wangka (Radio Adelaide).

Daryn McKenny

Daryn McKenny has Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri heritage though he was born and on raised on Awabakal country in the Newcastle area of NSW. Daryn is passionate about developing ways of using technology to empower Aboriginal people to be hands on at all levels of language conservation. His organisation developed Miromaa and the "Our Languages" website, and organises the biennial Puliima National Indigenous Language and Technology Conference. Daryn sits on a number of international committees as well as being focused on Awabakal language work at home.

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce is an author, editor, social commentator. He took part in the 2020 Summit, played a key role in The First Australians Series for television and in 2012 was awarded the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for his 27th work, Fog a Dox.

Paul Paton

Paul is Gunnai and Monaro from south eastern Australia. He has extensive community networks in Victoria and a very good understanding of the issues that face communities in the revival of their local languages. Paul has established and works with a large number of committees and reference groups at local, state and federal levels. As Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Paul supports Victoria's more than 30 languages, through advocacy, training and resource production.

Bridget Priman

Bridget Priman is an Aboriginal linguist who has been involved in the language arena for many years. She has developed several resource materials in her Warrgamay language and is an author of children's stories. Bridget is a passionate activist for grassroots language communities and is chairperson of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee.

Contact Us

 
Phone
+61 2 4940 9144  or
1300 975 246
 
First Languages Australia
Postal address
PO Box 528 Newcastle 2300
 
Administration
Level 1/840 Hunter St
Newcastle West, NSW 2302

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