HALFWAY POINT: Ballina’s Troy Anderson (right), Ballina Coastcare’s Lee Andresen and the NSW Environmental Trust’s representative, Jessica Herder, mark the half-way point of a restoration project of land significant to Aboriginal people at East Ballina.
HALFWAY POINT: Ballina’s Troy Anderson (right), Ballina Coastcare’s Lee Andresen and the NSW Environmental Trust’s representative, Jessica Herder, mark the half-way point of a restoration project of land significant to Aboriginal people at East Ballina.

Site clearing work progresses

AN area of significant importance to local Aboriginal people is being rehabilitated, and the half-way point of the project was marked last week.

Ballina Coastcare, in partnership with the Numbahjing Elders Group, received an $18,000 Environmental Trust Protecting Our Places grant for the two-year project.

The 4.5-hectare site at East Ballina is being cleared of weeds and dumped rubbish.

Since the project began, much of East Ballina has been declared an Aboriginal Place by the State Government.

Lee Andresen, the media officer for Ballina Coastcare, said the project site was the presumed location of a campsite for Aboriginal people at the time of a massacre in the 1850s.

"This project is a contribution to raising community awareness about East Ballina's Aboriginal significance," he said.


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