IN THE HEADLINES: Fingal’s “Women Warriors” featured in New Idea magazine in 1991.
IN THE HEADLINES: Fingal’s “Women Warriors” featured in New Idea magazine in 1991. Contributed

Fingal’s warrior women embraced

THE battle by a group of Fingal women against a massive proposed development at the coastal village 25 years ago was celebrated at a special event last week.

The community win against the $1.25 billion development proposed by company Ocean Blue, was included in a 1991 edition of the New Idea magazine under the title “Women warriors”. The article featured local women Olga Vilder, whose family donated her records to the museum, Pasepa Close, Kate Piper (now Kate McKenzie) and Polly Jordan, the latter two of which were at the event.

Fingal Head Community Association vice-president Helen Twohill spoke at the event, hosted by the Tweed Regional Museum, as part of the Tweed’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

“I think it’s important to note that the struggle that was highlighted 25 years ago,” Ms Twohill said.

“I think people are really keen to ensure... that our environment is supported and protected for the future.”

Fingal Head resident and Coastcare president Kay Bolton said it was great to recognise the fighting spirit of Fingal’s women and the community at large.

Ms Bolton said the Ocean Blue victory had been a catalyst for further environmental battles there.

“It showed a lot of people that we can make a difference,” she said.



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