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Embassy fenced by Council

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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.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney newspaper journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 a senior journalist with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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