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Yaegl traditional owners welcomed an announcement of $900000 in funding by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package, one part of the $4.5 billion overarching bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness in NSW, to establish a new campsite in the area. Image: Contributed.

Funding announced for Hickey Island campsite

The traditional owners of Hickey Island, one of the most picturesque locations in Yamba which proudly sits on Yaegl country, are looking to establish a new campsite on the land. 

Last week, the Federal and State Governments announced $900000 to assist in establishing Yuraygir Camping.

Once complete, it will provide a massive boost for local tourism and support economic recovery.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the creation of a campsite on Hickey Island is a great collaboration with the Yaegl traditional owners.

“This will involve business planning, the design of pop-up transportable tent structures, the provision of a trailer, furniture and fittings, cooking facilities, power, and water,” he said.

“The proposal also includes all the facilities needed for camping, including a camp kitchen and amenities, communal fire pits and onsite accommodation options.”

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said he was thrilled both the State and Federal Governments have recognised the merits of the project, describing it as a plan that will teach culture, environment and indigenous and non-indigenous people about how traditional owners of the land have looked after it for so long.

“I think this is a plan that can be rolled out not just in the Clarence Valley but right across the country because it has so many positive merits,” he said.

“It’s terrific to see Yaegl people business-minded, connected with the community, creating jobs and involved in boosting the local economy.

“I think it’s a wonderful project and I congratulate the CEO of Yaegl Traditional Owners Billy Walker and his team for their vision and in putting forward a successful funding application to government.”