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Lois Cook held a meeting at the Durrumbul Hall in Main Arm on Thursday 24 January to discuss what have been referred to as the standing stones at the Saddle Road and Uncle Tom’s area.

The site was originally identified and sketched in ink and quill by the local Brunswick Heads school teacher Fred Fordham in the 1930s.

These sketches and all the related research were gifted, by local Mullumbimby High School teacher David Marinon to the Brunswick Valley Historical Society.

There are no stones at the site over the size of a basketball according to the sketches and the assertions of Steven Strong that there are Aboriginal standing stones at the site have been questioned.

Registered cultural site

The site has been registered with the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) as a cultural site.

The Arakwal corporation strongly opposed the meeting’s taking place and a previous meeting scheduled for December 12, 2017, was cancelled after the Byron Shire Council refused to rent the Civic Hall in Mullumbimby to the group calling the meeting.

At that time Councillor Sarah Ndiaye, chair of the Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Committee, stated that ‘This event is not endorsed, supported or sanctioned by the Aboriginal custodians of the area’.

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