Port Stephens Aboriginal Place Birubi Point, plan for future

Councillor Sally Dover who sits on the committee that has developed the plan for Birubi Point.  Photo by Marian Sampson
Councillor Sally Dover who sits on the committee that has developed the plan for Birubi Point. Photo by Marian Sampson

 

BIRUBI Point is a beautiful place in Port Stephens of cultural significance to the Worimi people.

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Birubi Point has been sanctioned as an Aboriginal Place by the NSW Government, ensuring it is protected.

The extensive archaeological material of Birubi Point Aboriginal Place is a site for teaching current and future generations about Worimi ancestors and local Aboriginal culture.

Port Stephens Council is developing a Management Plan for Birubi Point, Aboriginal Place and will soon be conducting a community consultation on the plans.

Steve Bernasconi of Port Stephens Council told News Of The Area, “Developing the Plan of Management is a collaboration between Council and the Worimi to successfully manage the site, a process which has created an understanding of the cultural significance and values of the Worimi.”

“It will also analyse the contemporary values and the area and its demands including the surf club, car parks and amenities.”

“The biggest challenge is to build an understanding which will protect the cultural values of the Worimi and Birubi Point as a contemporary recreational space,” he said.

Port Stephens Councillor Sally Dover told News Of The Area, “The plan is coming together and it will include a much needed upgraded skate park, as well as improved parking for everyone to access the site.”

“The plan will go on public exhibition shortly and it is hoped that after the community feedback and any amendments, it will pass through Council in December.”

“It has been wonderful that we have been able to engage so far with so many stakeholders for Birubi Point,” she said.

For more information about Aboriginal Places go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au/aboriginalplaces.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

 

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