Redfern's Indigenous heritage must be honoured and respected

Today's Australian newspaper reports that Great Fortune Investment is marketing DeiCorp's Dei Cota apartments in Redfern to Chinese and Asia buyers with the claim that "the Aboriginals have already moved out". The reference was on their website but has now been removed.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: "I am appalled to hear that marketers of the Dei Cota apartments are telling potential buyers that Indigenous people have left the area.

"Redfern is the heartland of Sydney's urban Aboriginal community, and that heritage should be honoured and respected.

"The City of Sydney celebrates the rich culture and traditions of the Redfern Aboriginal community and develops projects designed to celebrate Aboriginal culture and history in general, and to promote reconciliation.

"Our Eora Journey project celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney. Eora means 'the people' in the Gadigal language, so the Eora Journey is 'the people's journey'.

"The Eora Journey builds on work undertaken by the City to celebrate Indigenous history and culture such as the Barani Barrabugu (Yesterday Tomorrow) booklet, a historical walking tour that takes in more than 60 sites around Sydney significant to Aboriginal people.

"I am concerned to note that DeiCorp is also responsible for the Pemulwuy project, a major redevelopment of the Block. I urge DeiCorp to meet with the local community to explain this incident and apologise, and sever commercial ties with Great Fortune Investment.

"I have consulted this afternoon with the city's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory Panel, who strongly support this statement."