Alexandrina Council to contact Aboriginal Elders, government after canoe tree fire

An Aboriginal canoe tree was damaged in a fire at Finniss on October 29. Photo: File.
An Aboriginal canoe tree was damaged in a fire at Finniss on October 29. Photo: File.

Alexandrina Council will inform Aboriginal Elders and the state government about an Aboriginal canoe tree which was damaged in a fire at Finniss on Monday, October 29.

A council representative told The Times that the damaged tree was on private property at Finniss.

“A council employee was one of the CFS volunteers who responded to the fire but council has not received a request from the CFS to liaise with Aboriginal Elders or the state government about the fire damage caused to the tree,” the representative said.

“Nonetheless council will, as a matter of courtesy, inform the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation division.”

Country Fire Service (CFS) spokesman Brett Williamson said the fire in the canoe tree had been extinguished, but the centre was burnt out and the top had fallen off. 

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