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Future management of “iconic” Sandon Point to go on exhibition

THE draft plan of management for Sandon Point and McCauley’s Beach will be discussed at the next meeting of Wollongong City Council on Monday November 26.

Part of the recommendation for Council to consider is that the draft plan be placed on public exhibition for 90 days and that a public hearing be held on the issues in the draft plan.

Council is preparing a draft plan of management for community land at Sandon Point and McCauleys Beach. The site has also been declared an Aboriginal Place. In preparing the draft plan Council has held preliminary discussions with more than 400 people as well as community groups, sporting associations and representatives of the five different Aboriginal groups.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Sandon Point is a site of great importance and tradition to Aboriginal peoples, and also a site of great pleasure and significance for all people in the community.

“Historically it has been a traditional and significant site used by Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years,” he said.

“Council recognises this and the draft plan includes measures to help recognise and preserve this significance.

“We would like to hear from many voices and many different people in the community on how we can best manage, preserve and maintain this iconic site. Council is also seeking feedback from the community on four options identified in the Plan, relating to this special Aboriginal place.’’

The draft plan of management also addresses the issues of access, revegetation and restoration, and an Aboriginal Place Management Plan.

Under the draft plan there are four options for dealing with the Aboriginal cultural education and cultural camping on the site.

At its meeting on November 26 Council will consider an item on the Sandon Point precinct, Aboriginal sites, pedestrian access and biodiversity, and a report on access issues on McCauley’s Beach Estate.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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