East Ballina, looking towards Shaws Bay and Missingham Bridge.
East Ballina, looking towards Shaws Bay and Missingham Bridge. Jay Cronan

Ballina needs ‘keeping place’

LOCAL indigenous man Troy Anderson would like to see a "keeping place" in Ballina.

That's a place, he said, where Aboriginal artefacts could be put on public display, but kept "within country" where they are from.

He said he knew of Aboriginal artefacts found in the district which were in storage around Ballina.

But putting them on public display would provide plenty of benefits, he said, just as white history is on show in local museums.

"It will make people more aware of indigenous culture, the way indigenous people used to live and use the land," he said.

Troy is the son of an Aboriginal Elder Douglas Anderson.

He said Ballina - and particularly East Ballina - was once an important meeting place for the tribes in the Bundjalung nation.

There are bora rings and ancient middens at East Ballina, and bones also have been found.

Troy Anderson said he has written to Ballina Shire Council and the State Government about his idea, but without response.

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