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ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES REVITALISED IN NSW SCHOOLS

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ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES REVITALISED IN NSW SCHOOLS

Students in NSW will soon be able to learn from the highest quality Aboriginal languages syllabus in the country with the release of a new Aboriginal Languages syllabus.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said NSW is proudly home to more than 35 Aboriginal Language groups, and more than 100 dialects of those languages.

“This is the first major redevelopment of how Aboriginal languages are taught in our schools in 20 years,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The new syllabus gives students valuable opportunities to learn the language of their local area and develop an understanding of Aboriginal languages and cultures.

“For the first time students who speak an Aboriginal Language or Torres Strait Islander Language at home will be able to progress the study of that language at school.”

Importantly, the new Aboriginal Languages Kindergarten to Year 10 syllabus includes guidance for schools on involving Aboriginal communities and knowledge holders when introducing and teaching the syllabus.

“This provides Aboriginal communities greater flexibility around how their languages are taught.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said Aboriginal students have a right to learn their own language in school.

“Creating more opportunities for Aboriginal students to communicate in an Aboriginal language not only strengthens their connections to country, culture and their identity but it promotes the importance of language revitalisation and the continuation of learning,” Mr Franklin said.

“Empowering young Aboriginal people to maintain a strong sense of identity, belonging and culture and learn more about Aboriginal languages is also hugely beneficial to their overall educational and social outcomes.”

The syllabus was developed following extensive consultation with Aboriginal communities and education stakeholders.

NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) Inc President Catherine Trindall said the they are pleased to support the launch of the co-designed K-10 Aboriginal Languages syllabus.

“This syllabus has been developed from the support of our Aboriginal Community members.

This allows schools to formally implement, engage and deliver Aboriginal Languages across NSW and it supports the NSW Aboriginal Languages Act,” Ms Trindall said.

“As President, I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn the first languages of Australia and to engage with and form positive working relationships with our local and regional AECGs.”

The syllabus includes guidance on how to involve Aboriginal communities when introducing and teaching the syllabus in schools, which research shows is vital to the sustainability of Aboriginal Languages programs.

Key features of the new syllabus include:

  • Content is now available in two language pathways: the Language Revival pathway for students with no prior learning, and the First Language pathway for students who use the language at home. It is the first time in the NSW Curriculum, that students whose first language is an Aboriginal Language or Torres Strait Islander Language, will have the opportunity to continue their language learning at school.
  •  Students develop communication skills in an Aboriginal Language and understand the relationships between language, Country and culture.
  • Students learn about how languages are built, and techniques used by Aboriginal Language communities to do this.
  • Students learn about how Aboriginal languages are being revived, maintained, and strengthened.
  • New evidence-based support materials and resources are available on the Digital Curriculum to assist schools and teachers to implement the syllabus.

The new Aboriginal Languages syllabus will be available for teachers to plan during 2023.

The syllabus will be available to be taught in NSW schools from 2024.

All teachers have one year to familiarise themselves and prepare before each new syllabus is mandatory under the NSW Curriculum Reform, and a detailed implementation timeline has been published.

NSW remains on track to deliver a new curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 10 from 2024, with all Year 11 and 12 syllabuses delivered by 2025.

For more details about the NSW Curriculum reform, visit curriculum.nsw.edu.au.

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Crowdy Head community heard on boat harbour design

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Crowdy Head community heard on boat harbour design

 

Boaters along the Mid North Coast will soon enjoy better access to Crowdy Head, as Transport for NSW moves forward with a major upgrade of the boat harbour.

Transport for NSW has listened to feedback from the Crowdy Head community, following a five-week consultation period, which included two community information sessions about the proposed improvements to the harbour.

The upgrade will now increase the dredging area to take into consideration the area near the boat ramp and has increased the structural capacity of the pontoon system.

Executive Director for NSW Maritime Mark Hutchings thanked locals for sharing their opinion on the significant upgrade work.

“The community feedback showed there is strong demand for a fishing platform to replace the second jetty and we are now exploring additional funding options to make this a reality.”

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Boaters along the Mid North Coast will soon enjoy better access to Crowdy Head, as Transport for NSW moves forward with a major upgrade of the boat harbour.

“We’ve also taken on board concerns about the floating platform in surge conditions by undertaking a detailed engineering study and updating some structural details.”

The project will see the demolition of both jetties, replaced with heavy duty floating pontoons with 18 berths of various sizes, one temporary berth, and water and electricity to each berth.

“A safe and accessible boat harbour is an important asset to the mid-north coast community and I look forward to starting work on this valuable upgrade.”

Pending final approvals, construction is expected to commence mid to late 2024. Transport for NSW will update the community ahead of work commencing.

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Engaging Diverse Voices in Regional NSW: Opportunities with Multicultural NSW

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Multicultural NSW is seeking advisory positions for residents across NSW

Engaging Diverse Voices in Regional NSW: Opportunities with Multicultural NSW

 

Multicultural NSW is inviting residents from Northern NSW and New England North West regions who are deeply connected to their communities to provide valuable advice to the NSW Government through various advisory functions.

Expressions of interest are sought for three distinct advisory functions, with a strong emphasis on reflecting the rich diversity of NSW in terms of gender, age, geographic location, cultural background, and inclusion of people living with disabilities. Successful candidates will be appointed by the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Steve Kamper MP.

Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, is encouraging interested local residents to submit their expressions of interest by the closing date of Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Advisory Board – Multicultural NSW

Multicultural NSW is currently seeking expressions of interest for Advisory Board members who come from diverse backgrounds, possess deep community ties, and exhibit cross-cultural understanding and community leadership. Advisory Board members will leverage their skills, expertise, and lived experiences to amplify the voices of their communities, informing the initiatives of Multicultural NSW. The current Advisory Board Chairperson is former NSW Police Deputy Commissioner, Nick Kaldas APM.

Multicultural NSW is seeking advisory positions for residents across NSW

Multicultural NSW is seeking advisory positions for residents across NSW

Regional Community Networks (RCNs) and Multicultural Youth Network (MYN)

Additionally, Multicultural NSW is seeking expressions of interest for two state-wide community engagement programs: the Regional Community Networks (RCNs) and the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN). The RCNs will consist of 10 networks across NSW, each with up to 20 members. RCN members will provide invaluable insights into local issues affecting their lives and communities. Furthermore, each RCN will include at least one representative from the local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Three RCNs will be situated in the Greater Sydney area, namely North and East Sydney, Western Sydney, and South Sydney. The remaining seven RCNs will be based in various regional areas of NSW, including Northern NSW, New England North West, Western NSW, Illawarra and South East NSW, Hunter and Central Coast, Murray Lower Darling, and Riverina.

Each RCN will also feature up to three young people aged 18-24 years, who will additionally form the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN). MYN members will convene regularly to provide insights and advice on issues pertinent to young people across the state.

For further information and to submit expressions of interest, please visit the Advisory Positions page on the Multicultural NSW website.

 

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MINNS LABOR GOVERNMENT PUTS REGIONAL MANUFACTURER ON THE LINE

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MINNS LABOR GOVERNMENT PUTS REGIONAL MANUFACTURER ON THE LINE

 

By Sam Farraway

A local bus manufacturer on the Mid North Coast may be forced to close taking with it 44 regional jobs after Transport for NSW (TfNSW) failed to finalise the approved manufacturers list under the new guidelines.

The TfNSW Bus Procurement Panel 4 was expected to be released by TfNSW last year with tenders closing in early April 2023. With the list still yet to be released in 2024, local bus manufacturers are left without any orders in the pipeline.

NSW Shadow Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Sam Farraway is demanding answers from Transport Minister Jo Haylen and Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Jenny Aitchison on the delay.

Express Coach Builders have been manufacturing our state’s school buses for 28 years. Now they face closing their doors for good because of government inaction despite an estimated 97 school buses in need of replacement across regional NSW,” said Mr Farraway.

“The Minns Labor Government promised to ‘build things here’ and said ‘NSW deserves a government that backs Australian made and that will buy Australian made’ – yet only 10 months in and this government is breaking that promise, proving they are all talk and no action.”

Member for Oxley Michael Kemp said it was a slap in the face from a government who promised to revive local manufacturing in NSW.

Express Coach Builders TfNSW

Express Coach Builders

“Express is the second largest private employer in Macksville, which already has higher than average unemployment. If they shut down and take away our jobs, it will absolutely kill our region,” Mr Kemp said.

“I met Minister Haylen last year and she assured me personally that Express and other manufacturers would have the Panel Four list before Christmas, with regional builds on that list. Now, we’re facing major job losses, with outdated school buses still on the road amidst post-flood damage and cuts to road funding.

I extend an invitation to both ministers and the Premier to come up and meet with Express and give the business, their staff and their families confirmation that new orders are in the pipeline.”

Director of Express Coach Builders Mr Mark Forster said he was disappointed the business may have to close after 28 years of service to the community and providing opportunities to more than 100 apprentices and trainees.

“It’s terribly sad to put your heart and soul into something you love for it to be potentially taken away because the government and their agencies can’t sort out a procurement process,” Mr Forster said.

“Both ministers have the power to intervene and get the Panel four list out or at least offer relief to manufacturers to stay afloat.

“I had to lay off staff just before Christmas – no employer wants to do that. I don’t want to start the new year with more, so I’m pleading with the government to step up and fix it.”

 

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