At the request of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement Partner organisations, Council staff have placed non-permanent fencing around sections of the Sandon Point Tent Embassy site at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul on Wednesday.
The Organisations have been working with the support of Council for the past 12 months to make important changes to the site. These include facilitating the long term protection and enhancement of the site through revegetation improvements, reducing erosion and damage from informal walking trails, and advancing long-term plans for the site to become a space for education and the celebration of Aboriginal culture.
The next stages of work will involve removing structures at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy site with the exception of the ‘Pod’.
The Organisations believe the site should be unoccupied as its current use is not consistent with its cultural significance and heritage.
The non-permanent fencing has been installed so that it does not negatively impact on any culturally-significant items or areas at the site. Council has consulted with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on the plans to install the fencing.
The Sandon Point site is a dedicated Aboriginal Place and one of very few in our State. Council continues to acknowledge the cultural significance of the Sandon Point – McCauley’s Beach Aboriginal Place and the important role of the Sandon Point Joint Management Agreement Partner organisations.
The Agreement Partners include the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and four local Aboriginal community organisations.