Developer disturbs Aboriginal heritage site

THE developer of a Terranora housing project has been fined $15,000 for failing to build a protective barrier around an Aboriginal heritage site.

The East Estate development on Fraser Dr is currently in its 12th stage of land release with properties ranging from $270,000 to $448,000.

It lies beside a culturally significant site for the Bundjalung people, and company Robinson Prospect's development approval was given on the condition a semi-permanent fence was built to cordon off the area before any work took place.

A Department of Planning and Environment spokesman said the company failed to do so.

"An inspection by the department's compliance officers found clearing works had commenced at the site and advertising signage was established without the required fencing," he said.

"The company must now pay a $15,000 fine and build the required fence no later than June 30, 2016 with evidence supplied to the department.

"Compliance officers will continue to monitor the site.

"Our compliance officers conduct spot checks without warning, regular inspections and audits as well as work with companies to ensure they are sticking to the rules." -ARM NEWSDESK

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