Cul­tural find slows up­grade

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural her­itage items that could tell us more about the area’s his­tory have been iden­ti­fied dur­ing the cur­rent works to up­grade Lions Park in Kingscliff.

The finds were im­me­di­ately re­ported to the NSW Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage in ac­cor­dance with the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Act and some works have been paused.

The law now re­quires that an Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Her­itage As­sess­ment (ACHA) is com­pleted to un­der­stand if fur­ther harm can be avoided. If re­quired, an Abo­rig­i­nal Her­itage Im­pact Per­mit (AHIP) will be ap­plied for.

Man­ager Re­cre­ation Services Ste­wart Braw­ley said some works would still be pos­si­ble over the next cou­ple of months and that the park will be open for use over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“Coun­cil is al­ready work­ing with a lo­cal ar­chae­ol­o­gist who will un­der­take the re­quired ACHA process, which is set out in leg­is­la­tion, in con­sul­ta­tion with the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity. This will take a num­ber of months to com­plete,” Mr Braw­ley said.

“There’s still some works we can do and these will be com­pleted by the end of Novem­ber.

“We’ll then come back and com­plete the fi­nal parts of the up­grade next year once the ACHA and leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments have been com­pleted.”

It is ex­pected there will be very lit­tle dis­rup­tion to the pub­lic over the Christ­mas break with the park open for use with no loss of car park­ing or beach ac­cess.

The de­sign plans can be viewed at­spark

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