Opponents say NBN tower construction has unearthed Aboriginal artefacts

An NBN tower at another location. Photo Marie Cameron

Bundjalung Elders Council chairman Mickey Ryan will today examine what has been claimed to be Aboriginal artefacts unearthed during the construction of a wifi tower at Stoney Chute, near Nimbin.

A fixed wireless Telstra 45 meter monopole tower Radio Base Station with Antennas and a dish is currently being constructed at 1 Stangers Road, Stoney Chute.

Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network spokesman Al Oshlack contacted the contractor yesterday requesting that all work stop until today’s inspection takes place.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

‘The Elders have received a report that Aboriginal artefacts have been disturbed on the proposed NBN tower site on Stangers Road via Nimbin NSW,’ Mr Oshlack said.

‘The report states that an area of approx 500 square meters has been cleared with the topsoil being stockpiled. Additionally, the report indicates that following the clearing, a number of subsurface artefacts have been exposed.

‘The Elders Council Chairperson and Secretary have informed me they are visiting the site for an inspection on Thursday 15th February in the afternoon following a funeral they are attending in Lismore.

‘In consideration of the above and the statutory requirements under the National Parks and Wildlife Act we request that no further work on the site be undertaken until such time the Elders have carried out their inspection.’

Meanwhile, Nimbin area resident Rusty Harris said a group of people opposed to the construction of NBN towers in the area would be gathering at the proposed tower site at Lilyfield near Lillian Rocks on Saturday.

Mr Harris said they planned to release a series of attached balloons to illustrate just how big the proposed tower would be.

Opponents of the towers have spoken out against the visual impacts and possible health risks associated with wifi.




One response to “Opponents say NBN tower construction has unearthed Aboriginal artefacts”

  1. The only reason the tower should not go ahead should be if there are genuinely artefacts there.
    Health concerns via emissions are not valid..the microwave emmissions ratings are provided by the World Health Organisation…not an Australian Government shill..the WHO barely knows where Australia actually is…south of Africa is the general consensus in Brussels.
    Having regard to the artefacts , the discovery by local protestors (whilst trespassing) seems coincidental – i.e that the items were found..casually..supposedly (quote) “visibly on the surface” after the local luddites had formed a protest group.
    In any event let us hope a fair and genuine assesment is carried out and if the site is historic to the Bundjalong people let it be left.
    If not ..the local opposition should temper their remarks ….particularly recent arrivals who have questioned publically the morals of the landowner , recently widowed and well known decent person…..particularly when this complainant raised issues of visual amenity …then placed a rubbish skip permantly in exceptionally exposed corner at their front gate….in front of [what looks like a] permanent dwelling/campsite.

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