“Like most residents, I was very surprised to learn that the NSW Aboriginal Land Council had lodged a land claim for the former Berrima Gaol,” Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Jason Gordon said today.
“I have subsequently discussed the land claim with Ms Sharralyn Robinson of the Illawarra Aboriginal Land Council (ILALC) who has confirmed that the claim has been lodged on their behalf.”
The General Manager also confirmed that Council staff have commenced discussions with Crown Lands and the Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward MP regarding the Aboriginal Land Council’s land rights bid for the Berrima Gaol.
“Whilst the information Council has received to date remains light, we thought it imperative to start dialogue with local stakeholders with a view to ensuring the gaol remains a community asset,” Mr Gordon said.
The General Manager also urged patience in regards to any outcome.
“Any decision on the bid will be made by the NSW State Government,” he said.
“However before any final decisions are made I would anticipate there would be considerable discussion,” Mr Gordon said. “And I would anticipate it could take several months for a resolution to be achieved and possibly longer if any court action were commenced.”
“Therefore Council will look to facilitate any discussions and ensure the community is properly represented,” he said.
“And as soon as Council is made aware of any developments or resolutions, we’ll pass this information on accordingly.”