Sandon Point comprises 61-hectares of open space between the coastal villages of Thirroul and Bulli in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, on the east coast of NSW, Australia. It is a declared Aboriginal place and significant for a number of reasons including ecological, historical and as public open space.
Members of the local community have worked tirelessly for close to a decade, seeking to protect the area. The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy (SPATE) was established in December 2000, soon followed by the Sandon Point Community Picket in March 2001. SPATE was rebuilt following an arson attack in 2005. The 24/7 Community Picket structure was destroyed by arson in 2006, transforming into a mobile picket. In the face of such dangerous harassment, the local community nevertheless continues to work to protect and preserve the area
for Aboriginal rights
The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy (SPATE) and many others in the Illawarra Aboriginal community continue to work towards the protection of Sandon Point
Their actions provide an ongoing expression of the entire area's significance, often in the face of much adversity.
The local community has provided respectful support for SPATE and many others in the local Aboriginal community for several years, seeking to promote respect and recognition.
for the environment
Sandon Point is an ecologically rich area. It is the last green corridor linking the Illawarra Escarpment to the Pacific Ocean.
The confluence of four creeks provides ample habitat for threatened and protected species and an endangered ecological community. It is one of the last refuges on the coastal plain.
Preservation of the area is a great concern amongst the local community, including restoration of past impacts.
for all of us
The Sandon Point area is a rare and singificant area of open space in the north of Wollongong. The opportunities it affords have been enjoyed by the local community and those from afar for a very long time.
Plans have been developed by the local community for the area, including a linked greater-Wollongong foreshores park, under the ordinance of the National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Parks policy.
People from far and wide continue to flock to Sandon Point to enjoy what it has to offer.