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.