Safe viewing from Pinnacles platform
YAEGL woman Deidre Randall said it was a special moment when the viewing platform at The Pinnacles near Maclean Lookout was opened.
Deidre, accompanied by her cousin Stuart Randall, welcomed visitors to Yaegl country at the official opening and complimented the work done.
"It is much safer now," Deidre said.
She said The Pinnacles itself was a women's area and men did not go there.
Built at the edge of a cliff, the steel-railed sandstone viewing platform and walkway not only provides a panoramic view of The Pinnacles, but also discouraged people from venturing into the depths of the bowl-like valley which cradles the dramatic rock formation.
This unusual geological structure has cultural, historical and resource significance to the Yaegl people.
Deidre's grandmother and Stuart's aunt, Auntie Annie Randall (nee Cameron) was born adjacent to the Lookout in 1901 and Aboriginal families lived there until they were relocated to Ulgundahi Island in 1904.
Yaegl Elder Elizabeth Smith provided information for Maclean Landcare Secretary Annie Stanton of RDI Design.
Annie then created the interpretative signage for the viewing platform.
Yaegl artist Charlene Williams was tasked with painting a special artwork for the sign.
Clarence Valley Council Mayor Richie Williamson said the $134,000 viewing platform, designed by Steve Gorrell and built by Clarence Valley Council staff, was a massive improvement.
He said it was council money that had been well invested.