Two Dubbo language experts are in the running to win a major $10,000 award offered by superannuation fund HESTA.
Diane Riley-McNaboe and Rhonda Ashby were announced as finalists in the social impact category of the HESTA Community Sector Awards on Tuesday.
The pair were recognised for their contribution to the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages in NSW over two decades.
Their work aims to enhance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people by reconnecting them with their language and culture after it was lost due to colonisation.
For non-Aboriginal people, their work aims to nurture inter-cultural relationships and create a better understanding of Aboriginal people, language, culture and land.
Diane and Rhonda have been instrumental in creating teaching programs and resources on Aboriginal language for the community, schools, TAFE's and universities.
Their research with Elders and linguists...was pivotal in shaping their teaching programs.
Recognised by the NSW State Library as language experts, Diane and Rhonda have taught more than 3,500 students and supported programs in 30 schools.
They helped develop the NSW Aboriginal Languages Act and now plan to develop further resources for school and community programs.
HESTA Community Sector Awards winners will be announced in Canberra on November 26.