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Aboriginal tent embassy removed

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The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Sandon Point Bulli. PHOTO: Green Left.

Work has started on the removal of structures from the Sandon Point Tent Embassy site at McCauley’s Beach today.

Council has been asked to remove the structures from the site – with the exception of the one known as ‘The Pod’ – by the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement.

The removal of structures relates to environmental and cultural rehabilitation of the site.  For safety reasons, the occupant has been asked to leave site while these works take place.

While the work is underway, there will be representatives from the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage present.

This work follows the placing of non-permanent fencing around sections of the site earlier this month at the request of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement partner organisations to protect the area, and continues the work started in April to make changes at the site.

The agreement partners include the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and four local Aboriginal community organisations.

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.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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