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Callan Bindon
Linguistic Project Manager

Callan started as Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga's linguist in November 2021.


He grew up in Perth, and studied Linguistics and German at UWA (as well as a bit of Computer Science). He is interested in languages of all kinds, and completed his honours focusing on historical linguistics; making computer simulations of lexical diversification between Aboriginal languages in Victoria. He has also done corpus linguistic work on Idi - a language of Papua New Guinea - during a research scholarship at the ANU in late 2019 and early 2020. 


When not at work, Callan spends his time working on and riding bicycles, programming computers, trying to learn languages, or working on electronics projects of some kind. He also has a wide variety of aspirational hobbies that he never does, but really likes to think about doing and reckons he'd enjoy.


Nadine Taylor
Senior Language specialist

Nadine has worked at the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre for more than six years, beginning as a part time member of the centre’s Guest Speaker program, working with Aboriginal Education Officers in local schools. 

Later, having been invited to attend a language workshop, Nadine was encouraged to undertake a teacher training course, and was able to incorporate this with a permanent full-time position with the language centre. This allowed her to work with more languages, whilst freeing up staff to keep other important programs running.


A Wajarri and Wilunyu nyarlu (woman), and mother of four, (two boys, two girls) Nadine grew up and lived in the Murchison for many years, travelling between Yalgoo, Mullewa and Murchison stations with her family, wherever her father could find work. She attended Pallottine Mission at Tardun as a young girl, and is grateful for the education.


Nadine recently took a year’s sabbatical and has returned on a part-time basis to help the team work with the nine languages it is facilitating. 


Edie Maher
Naaguja Language Hub Coordinator

Language Specialist Edie Maher has been working part time at Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre since 2016, but has supported languages in the region for more than 20 years as a Wajarri language teacher.

As a part of Edie’s role at Bundiyarra, she helps families by researching family connections and helps build their family tree. She also focuses on developing educational language resources and materials.

Edie is a Noongar, Palyku and Nyiybarli woman and grew up on Wajarri country in the Murchison area. She attended Tardun Station Mission and then school in South Fremantle, before attending Curtin University where she received her Bachelor of Education degree.

She is a mother to three girls, one boy and raised another boy. She has eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Edie’s goal at Bundiyarra is to help maintain the nine languages and to support the language teachers using the languages. 


Annelise Jansen

Annelise started as a linguist at Bundiyarra Irra Wangga in February 2024.

She was born in South Africa but grew up in Perth and studied Linguistics at UWA. Annelise spent 4 years at the Noongar Boodjar Language Centre in Perth before moving to Geraldton for her current role.


Her first language is Afrikaans but she has also spent time studying Dutch, Spanish and Japanese. She is passionate about Aboriginal languages and linguistics, as well as native plants and their traditional uses. She is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Botany at UWA.

Annelise spends her spare time exploring Geraldton and the beautiful Midwest with her Olympus XA2 film camera, playing squash quite poorly, and enjoys drawing and reading Terry Pratchett books.


Bernie Jones
Language Specialist



William Robertson
Marketing and Communications



Rosalie Jones
Language Specialist



Trevina Corbett
Naaguja Language Hub


Meet the Language team 

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