Five Islands Nature ReserveThe five islands nature reserve
Turf is a menace to coastal species.
Although the five islands off Port Kembla are located in the immediate vicinity of one of the most industrialized coastal regions of the state, they have long been a haven for at-risk coastal avians. These islands are important nesting sites for small pinguins, exotic plants and shearing waters as well as for the sensitive smoky odyssey. The Kikuyu can also help to avoid parents from having access to their caves to give food to their young, with the consequence that the number of male pens, along with other types, has decreased.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has been addressing the issue since April last year with an attempt to free Big Island from killuyu, mornings and other acres. The Perkins estate on Big Island, or Booirodoong, was run by the Perkins from about 1867. A leasehold agreement was signed in 1925 for two acres of the seabed on the west side of Big Island, and the mussels were also obtained from the leasehold for several years.
Formerly part of the continent, the islands have a wealth of ancient Egyptian heritage. The Coomaditchie United Absoriginal Corporation has taken up the tale that the islands are the five stubborn subsidiaries of the westerly winds that have thrown them one by one into the ocean to calm their spirits. The Ancients of Illawarra reported from the harvest of seabirds and balls to the middle of the 20th centuries from the villages around Hill 60.
As part of the wider NPWS governance plans, a group of Illawarra Dharawal Chiefs recently visited the reserve to see the work first-hand, and the island's Aborigines' legacy is part of the wider NPWS governance plans. The ranger Rowena Morris said it was an honor to meet with the oldest to discuss the work.
The tribal commitment was also reinforced by the participation of Berrim Nuru - the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council Green Party. Ben Coddington said his side was thrilled with the Big Island game.