Help save Ferguson?s Cottage

FACED with the possibility of losing their heritage, the local Aboriginal community have refused to give up without a fight, and with your help they will go in as favourites to win.

Ferguson's Cottage, located in the area behind the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club, has been an important part of the local Aboriginal history since the early 1950s.

It was then that the cottage was given to Andrew and Evelyn 'Granny' Ferguson by the Department of Public Works when Andrew was acting as a caretaker during the building of the southern breakwall.

Recently there have been fears that the State Government and Department of Lands want the cottage removed.

To stop this happening the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) has made moves to get a preservation order in place.

It is now under consideration by the Heritage Council of NSW, with submissions invited from any interested person.

Co-ordinator for the Coffs Harbour LALC, Michael Rodgers, is encouraging both the Aboriginal and white community to show their support and help save this important link to the local Aboriginal history.

"I'm confident it will be heritage listed. We have the full support of the Coffs Harbour City Council, the Coffs Harbour LALC and the residents of Ferguson's Cottage," Mr Rodgers said.

"Now we need the support of the community to get the proper acknowledgement for our Aboriginal community."

Submissions can be sent to the Heritage Council of NSW, Locked Bag 5020, Parramatta NSW, 2124. Submissions close November 25. For further information visit www.heritage.nsw.gov.au.



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