Sandon Point is located between Thirroul and Bulli on the east coast of NSW and is one of the last green spaces in the Illawarra that joins the escarpment to the coast. It is an area of immense indigenous cultural value and ecological importance. Directions/details on how to get to Sandon Point are available online.
As a result of public meetings and community pressure the state government announced a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the 'balance of the site' in October 2002. The sessions have now completed (June 2003), with recommendations expected later this year.
The campaign to protect Sandon Point has a long history, stretching back for almost 20 years. The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy (SPATE) was set up at McCauley's Beach in December 2000, and is staffed 24 hours a day. Indigenous people have come together at the request of Uncle Guboo Ted Thomas to watch over the land and a sacred burial site (approximately 6000 years old) that was uncovered during a storm in 1998.
The local community have also made a stand - a community picket and information centre was established in March 2001. It is also staffed 24 hours a day and is a locus for many community activities, including weekly meetings/BBQ's.
In August 2002, the Sandon Point site was listed as an endangered place by the Australian Council of National Trusts as a direct result of the Stockland proposal.
Volume 1 Issue 1 of The Sandon Point, a community bulletin for the protection of Sandon Point, was produced in May 2002, providing an overview of a number of the issues regarding Kuradji Sandon Point. The articles are available online, and pdf versions of this bulletin are also available for download.
In response to the misrepresentation and disinformation abounding in the mainstream media and Stockland publications, a list of 10 myths were also developed.
Recently, Wollonging City Council considered the forcible removal of the Community picket and SPATE. Whislt these plans were deferred for now, they plans caused a considerable outcry in the local community