Preservation of sacred Aboriginal site recognised with award
THE efforts of a volunteer group to preserve a sacred Aboriginal site at East Ballina have been rewarded.
Angels Beach was the winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches NSW regional award in the Cultural/Historical Heritage category.
The award to Ballina Coastcare for its work at the site was one of seven presented at the Ballina Surf Club yesterday.
Lee Andresen, from Ballina Coastcare, said the group, in partnership with the local Aboriginal community, had over the years installed a memorial plaque recognising the 1853 massacre of Aboriginal people at Angels Beach, organised for a mural to be painted by Aboriginal artists at a nearby underpass, lobbied Ballina Shire Council for the establishment of the Allawah Bushland Reserve and lobbied the State Government for the area to be recognised as the East Ballina Aboriginal Place.
The group also works hard at rehabilitating the environment in the area.
Aboriginal elder Uncle Doug Anderson said he was pleased the work had been recognised with an award.
Meanwhile, the work of the Byron Shire Chemical-free Landcare Group was acknowledged with Brunswick Heads Beach being highly commended in the Environmental Protection Award.
Fingal Head Beach won the overall Clean Beach award for the region.
Regional winners will vie for state awards at a ceremony in Sydney on December 13.