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

Call for indigenous museum in Ballina

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 that 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 Aboriginal Elder Douglas Anderson.

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


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