Murray Bridge wins the Crawford Award

The Jim Crawford Award for 2016 (valued at $10,000) was presented to the Murray Bridge Library for their project applictation “Re-igniting a love for local language”.

The Award is dedicated to Jim Crawford, Chairman of the Libraries Board of South Australia from 1977 until 1987 and, prior to that, a member of the Libraries Board from 1972 to 1976. Jim Crawford was well respected for his vision, his drive, sense of justice, personal and business ethics and genuine awareness of community needs.

In line with these character traits, he worked to establish a library network that would allow all South Australians to access books, information technology and other beneficial learning tools from a local library, regardless of where they lied.

The intention of the Award is to reward those people making a significant contribution to South Australia’s public libraries and to encourage and drive further innovation.  The Murray Bridge project believes that ” Language is the heart of any strong community. It is through the sharing of songs and stories that language is passed on from one generation to the next. What happens though when a language is no longer shared at home? The project was to find a way to work together to share the local language of the Ngarrindjeri people with the Murray Bridge community. This was in order to better inform the community of the richness of the culture of the Ngarrindjeri people, but also to encourage the local Aboriginal people to embrace their local language and begin using it again with their children.”

From the nomination:

Murray Bridge - Re-igniting a Love for Local Language

Re-igniting a Love for Local Language

The Team Leader of the Murray Bridge Library, Tim Law and Georgina Trevorrow, Council’s Cultural Development Officer (also the project officer for the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) at the Rural City of Murray Bridge) are the dynamic duo who through engaging local Aboriginal Elders and involving them in the weekly story time are introducing the Ngarrindjeri language through songs and stories to a new generation.

This has in turn started breaking down barriers and seen the Ngarrindjeri people slowly coming into the Murray Bridge Library in numbers. The working relationship between Tim and Georgina has grown stronger and more and more opportunities are being identified and developed for them to work together.

Both Tim and Georgina look forward to the future and discovering in what further ways they can support the Ngarrindjeri people to live in the Murraylands with a strong heart and a proud cultural spirit.

The project was nominated by Andrew Meddle, General Manager, Sustainable Communities for the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Congratulations to the team for such a fantastic contribution to their community.