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Butchulla language sessions back by popular demand

12 April, 2019

Learning about the Butchulla language, culture and history has proven so popular that new sessions will be running soon at Fraser Coast Libraries in Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

Mayor George Seymour said similar sessions to those held last year in partnership with the Korrawinga Aboriginal Corporation would be held in May and June.   

“To offer these sessions again with Sue Coverdale presenting in Council’s libraries is certainly a privilege,” Cr Seymour said. 

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have histories dating back more than 75,000 years. 

“Theirs are some of the oldest cultures in the world and as such we should be aware of the unique place they hold within Australia, particularly that of our own Butchulla people.”

Butchulla country lies within the Great Sandy region and includes K'gari (Fraser Island) and the adjacent mainland from Double Island Point in the south to the mouth of the Burrum River in the north, and west to Bauple Mountain.

Cr Seymour said the popular courses for children and adults were designed to provide the local community and educators with opportunities to learn about the Butchulla people.

“The May and June sessions for adults are already booked out but there are spaces still available for the children’s sessions,” he said. 

“For those who miss out this time, there will be another opportunity next term – Ms Coverdale has already agreed to offer the same again in Term 3.”

Butchulla Language Course for Kids 
Maryborough Library, 1 May to 19 June 
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
2.15 – 2.45pm Under 5s
3.30 – 4.15pm Over 5s

Hervey Bay Library, 13 May to 24 June
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
2.15 – 2.45pm Under 5s
3.30 – 4.15pm Over 5s

To book, phone the libraries on 4190 5788 (Maryborough) or 4197 4220 (Hervey Bay).