THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Lingiari
SENATOR TRISH CROSSIN
Senator for the Northern Territory
1 November 2011
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon and Senator for the Northern Territory, Trish Crossin, today congratulated Charles Darwin University for receiving a $430,000 funding grant from the Australian Government for an innovative research project.
Funding for the project has been awarded under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Equipment, Infrastructure and Facilities scheme, for funding commencing in 2012.
"These funding schemes are extremely competitive and the funding awarded to Charles Darwin University will ensure endangered literature from more than 16 Aboriginal languages is preserved in digital archives for future generations,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The schemes are part of the Australian Government’s National Competitive Grants Program, which nurtures the creative abilities and skills of Australia’s most promising researchers.
"This announcement is great news for the Northern Territory, and it will make a significant contribution to ensuring the language and culture of Aboriginal Australians are documented and preserved,” he said.
Senator Crossin said the $430,000 in funding will enable the Territory’s best and brightest researchers to forge a permanent link with Australia’s history and showcase the culture and language of our first Australians.
“The work by Charles Darwin University will be done in collaboration with the Australian National University and in partnership with the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training,” Senator Crossin said.
Information on the living archive of Australian Indigenous languages project is attached.
Over 1,000 projects are being funded in this round of Australian Research Council major grants, sharing in $310 million.
This includes $236 million for 778 projects under the Discovery Projects scheme, $42 million for 151 projects under the Linkage Projects scheme, $28 million for 77 projects under the Linkage Equipment, Infrastructure and Facilities scheme and $3.8 million for 10 Indigenous researchers under the Discovery Indigenous scheme.
For more information on the funding schemes and a full list of successful projects, visit the media kit at www.arc.gov.au/media/major_
For information on Charles Darwin University visit http://www.cdu.edu.au
Media contact: Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon) 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Carla Fernandes (Senator Crossin) 0407 619 383
Charles Darwin University research projects commencing in 2012
Project Title – A living archive of Australian Indigenous languages
Lead Researcher – Professor Michael Christie
ARC Funding – $430,000
Summary – A digital archive of endangered literature in more than 16 Australian Indigenous languages will be built in collaboration with the communities which own the languages, thereby enabling researchers to engage with texts (and related audiovisual files) as well as the Indigenous knowledge authorities for the languages.