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Attack on historic plaques ‘racial motivated’

One of the vandalised plaques. The vandals seem to indicate that the plaque should be located at Sandon Point, Bulli, rather than at Collins Point, Woonona.

One of the vandalised plaques. The vandals seem to indicate that the plaque should be located at Sandon Point, Bulli, rather than at Collins Point, Woonona.

COMMUNITY condemnation has been expressed at what some consider is racially motivated vandalism of historical plaques at Collins Point, Woonona.

Environmentalist Marcel Van Wijk said the vandalism was discovered today while monitoring the effects of the big seas and tides on foreshore areas at Woonona, Bulli, Sandon Point and McCauley’s beaches.

Mr Van Wijk said he was taking pictures of the areas for comparison, in context of Wollongong City Council’s preparation of a dune management plan and the ongoing debate regarding the planting of coastal wattle on local beaches and dunes.

When reaching the bathers pavilion at Collins Rock, Mr Van Wijk and Council staff found that two plaques depicting indigenous heritage, near the monument commemorating Captain James Cook’s attempted landing near Bulli beach, had been vandalised.

The other vandalised plaque at Collins Point Woonona.

The other vandalised plaque at Collins Point Woonona.

Mr Van Wijk a witness, an elderly woman, saw a man smash into the plaques with a hammer earlier that morning. He said the only plaques that had been defaced were two, entitled, “Kuradji Dreaming”.

“Both plaques are located quite well apart from each other and are separated by many others in between, so (it) appears as though there was a definite target,” he said.

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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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One thought on “Attack on historic plaques ‘racial motivated’

  1. Have people nothing better to do?

    This is disgusting.. I hope they are caught!

    Like

    Posted by wazza180 | January 30, 2013, 7:07 am

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