By Jon Andrews
29 September 2011
THE CSIRO site in Highett is being assessed for indigenous artefacts.
Bordered by Graham Rd and Middleton St, the large block of federal land, earmarked for sale early next year, is being analysed for its heritage and cultural value.
The community wants a portion of the site to be free from future development.
It contains an area known as the Highett Grassy Woodlands with rare flora such as yellow box trees.
CSIRO spokesman Ross Stevens said due diligence work was being done.
He said an indigenous cultural assessment involving heritage and indigenous artefact excavations was part of a thorough investigation of the land.
“We need to understand the site so we can have full and frank discussion with the community about its future,” he said.
Save Highett Grassy Woodlands co-ordinator Pauline Reynolds said:
“We are in support of testing being done, but it has to be done carefully.”
The area is Bayside’s largest block of available land and likely to one day be home to hundreds of houses, shops and small businesses.
The site is expected to be sold early next year.
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