First Languages Australia is working with regional language centres nationally to develop a map of Australia’s first languages that reflects the names and groupings favoured by community. Teachers’ notes have been compiled to assist teaching about Australia’s first languages across the curriculum.

Gambay means “together” in the Butchulla language of the Hervey Bay region in Queensland. The ‘gam’ in Gambay has the same sound as the ‘gam’ in ‘gammon’, and ‘bay’ sounds the same as it does in Australian English. This title has been provided by Joy Bonner, Butchulla Language Program.

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