I was following up on an ABC North Coast story that the community of Cabbage Tree Island will not be allowed to move back into their homes.
Researching the subject, while waiting to hear more information about the reasons, I found the great story from Eve Jeffery in The Echo (22 March, 2023). It states there were only two houses that had sustained flood damage inside and the foundations are in good condition, as confirmed by army engineers.
So while the NRRC left dozens of houses in Lismore, which had water up to the ceiling or higher, without any offer of help and support, why is the Indigenous community of Cabbage Tree Island not allowed to return to their homes?
The grandfather of Cabbage Tree Island resident Aunty Susan Anderson bought the land on which she grew up. So what is really happening? I can only hope that our community and The Echo will ask the hard questions.
Are we watching another land grab while we talk of closing the gap and giving a voice to Indigenous people?