North Richmond search for artefacts

The artefact exploration site at North Richmond.
The artefact exploration site at North Richmond.

DIGGING for potential Aboriginal artefacts has been taking place on the site of the approved North Richmond Joint Venture over 55s development, near Townsend Road in North Richmond.

Kayandel Archaeological Services is carrying out the dig, which a spokesperson for the joint venture said was “standard procedure” prior to construction.

“As part of our development approval issued by council in September 2009 we are required to undertake an archaeological dig for potential aboriginal artefacts,” the spokesperson said.

“This is a standard procedure prior to full construction to identify and potentially relocate any artefacts.”

The site is on part of the Yobarnie keyline farm (see story right), which is currently being considered for a listing on the State Heritage Register.

The NRJV hopes to construct 1400 new homes, in addition to the previously approved 80 bed nursing home and 197 independent living homes will be constructed in stages.