Residents at Fingal Cemetery Kevin Slabb, Sharon Phillips, Aunty Joyce and Jackie McDonald are outraged that vandals struck the sacred site.
Residents at Fingal Cemetery Kevin Slabb, Sharon Phillips, Aunty Joyce and Jackie McDonald are outraged that vandals struck the sacred site. Blainey Woodham

Race hate vandals hit cemetery

FINGAL Head's Aboriginal community is outraged at an act of vandalism on a sacred site on Letitia Rd.

Graffiti with the racial slogan "white power" and swastika symbol were spray painted onto a wall in the site and several memorial stones were damaged with photos smashed.

The cemetery is the resting place of many indigenous families from the area.

Kevin Slabb's family was buried at the site and he was visibly upset by the vandalism.

"This is the roots of our people," Mr Slabb said.

"We have never seen violence here before."

Fingal Cemetery was a burial site for Aboriginal people from 1864-1964, with many family still living in the area.

Mr Slabb said the community was respectful of the site and this act was "out of character".

"About a month ago we had a people here raising money for a little girl that got attacked by a dog. It was a real coming together of many different people from Fingal," he said.

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council secretary Jackie McDonald said the Tweed Shire Council decided not to upgrade the caravan park because of the sacred site.

"They realised that there are burial sites outside of the fence line," she said.

Tweed Police Inspector Gary Cowan said police were called to the cemetery at 10.29am Tuesday.

"The police were out here (Letitia Rd) yesterday taking photos and were canvassing the area as part of the investigation," Insp Cowan said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism at the cemetery should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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