Further work has been done on a tree that represents the spirit of survival for the Bega Valley aboriginal community on the New South Wales far south coast.
The Shire Council has cut a willow tree in Bega’s Gipps Street back to a stump after it was burnt out by vandals several weeks ago.
The council’s acting community and relations manager, Simon Schweitzer, says the tree is resilient and will grow back.
He says the willow has special meaning for the area’s indigenous people.
“The place itself is a recognised meeting place for the aboriginal community for obviously a long, long time,” Mr Schweitzer said.
“The willow tree is not of significance but the tree has come to represent a survival thing.
“It has a bit of an interesting history.
“The tree has come to represent, I understand, a bit of symbol of survival for the local community.”