Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery is outraged after almost two dozen trees and shrubs at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place were significantly damaged by vandalism.
Some of the plants were sawn in half.
The Lord Mayor said the heritage of our local Aboriginal community is significant and should be honoured and celebrated, not desecrated.
The vandalism was within and alongside the area that is currently temporarily fenced off at Sandon Point.
Over the past two weeks trees and shrubs have been sawn in half and other plants significantly damaged in what is believed to have been more than one incident.
All up, about eight medium to large Coastal Banksias, more than 15 Casuarinas and several Acacias were vandalised.
The Sandon Point site is a dedicated Aboriginal Place and is one of the few in NSW.
Council acknowledges the cultural significance of the Sandon Point – McCauley’s Beach Aboriginal Place and takes pride in our role to support the Sandon Point Joint Management Agreement Partner organisations to protect its cultural and heritage values.
The Lord Mayor said Aboriginal people have had a connection to this land for thousands of years.
"This destructive behaviour is not acceptable and this senseless act causes me to despair at the insensitive attitudes of some people given it’s also Reconciliation Week.
"If you know anything about this wanton damage to the trees and plants, please contact NSW Police.
"There are hefty fines of up to $550,000 or two years' imprisonment, or both, for damage like this, and in this location.
"I know many people, like me, will be angered by these actions, we need to work together to look after this special space," Cr Bradbery said.