Far West Languages Centre team is managed & operated by an all local Aboriginal team who have a range of expertise and passion to assist in the revival and restoration of the local languages. Expertise range from Community Engagement, Cultural knowledge, Protocols & Procedures, Languages, Research, Business Management, Project Management, Multi Media skills and much more.
Co-ordinator - Lynette Ackland (full time)
Lynette is a proud Gugada & Mirning woman who is passionate about her Culture and commenced working in the Far West Languages Centre in April 2014. Lynette wants to share her skills & knowledge to help build the confidence of the local Aboriginal people to be empowered them to work on maintaining, reviving and restoring their own Cultural Heritage and to be proud to stand strong for their people and the future generations.
Lynette is passionate about seeing all the local endangered languages being spoken fluently in the future and that they are continued for future generations as Language gives us our Identity and Connection to country.
Project Officer - Estelle Miller (part-time)
A Wirangu/Mirning & Gugada woman who has a great passion for her Culture and reviving the languages. Estelle was the previous Coordinator for more than 6 years and has come back to assist with reviving and working with the languages of the Far West region knowing that the future generations will not have it if its not restored and revived. Estelle has many skills and abilities she brings to the Language Centre including being a partial speaker and having knowledge of the work already done and whats needed to be done in the future.
Estelle is a great asset to reviving the local endangered languages as she is very passionate and keen to make sure the language are still spoken for our future generations.
Media Officer - Lyall Ware-Campbell (full time)
A Gugada, Wirangu & Narungga person who is passionate about capturing his Culture through Filmmaking and Photography. Completing his SACE Certificate in 2017 and being involved in the Multi Media Program, Lyall was then engaged to come and join the Far West Language Team as the Media Officer in March 2018.
Lyall has many talents around Multi Media and will bring alot to the Far West Languages Centre and the local community with his skills & abilities.
Research Officer - Graham Bilney (full time)
Graham aka GrayGray is a Wirangu, Gugada & Barngarla person who is passionate about his Cultural Heritage and was recently appointed to the position as Research Officer in November 2018. Graham is loving & enjoying learning the local languages and the differences between them but also loves working with great people. Graham brings with him many skills, knowledge, and other talents to the Language Centre which will be a great asset for the FWLC and his local Community.
Administration Officer - Yana Tschuna (part-time)
Yana is a Gugada & Wirangu women who has just joined the team at the Far West Languages Centre due to her enthusiasm & motivation to research more about her local languages. Yana in her short term of being employed in the language has also become one of the first West Coast young women to be engaged with the First Languages Australia - Young Champions Program.
Showing leadership within her local community, motivation and eagerness to learn more about her languages Yana will be a great asset to not only the FWLC but her local communities to help keep the languages being shared for future generations.