May 23, 2011
Aboriginal Artifacts Destroyed with KFC Constructed Atop It
Australia's largest KFC restaurant was built on one of the country's most significant Aboriginal heritage sites in Newcastle West , according to The Newcastle Herald report on Saturday.
Al Oshlack, from the Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network, said his network had taken more than 100 cases to court to protect significant Aboriginal sites.
"We estimate that [in recent years] over 2500 Aboriginal sites have been destroyed," Mr Oshlack said.
"Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permits [authorizing works on culturally-significant sites] are given to 250 sites a year."
Mr Oshlack said the tiny "microlith" tools found displayed outstanding stonework. Items found at the Newcastle West site include more than 5700 stone tools and campsite remains.
They are believed to date back between 6716 and 6502 years.
"Even in European terms, these artifacts are museum pieces," Mr. Oshlack said.
The pieces shall be given to the Awabakal community.
Mr. Oshlack said the development of the site was a tragedy. "It's not just a challenge between development and Aboriginal heritage," he said.
"There are so many sites where the impacts of development could have been lessened so that Aboriginal heritage could be saved.
"KFC would not go bankrupt if they had to build somewhere else."
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