More from the Redfern visit

From Sunday’s trip to Sydney.

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That’s the new building above Club Redfern

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And looking back from Regent Street/Redfern Street

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This street sculpture has caused some controversy. What do you think?

THE mother of deceased indigenous youth TJ Hickey is supporting a push to have the controversial Redfern Bower sculpture removed from the suburb.

The Bower was commissioned by the City of Sydney in 2008 as part of a $16 million upgrade to the Redfern St area.

However, some residents were left shocked and offended, believing it resembled the spikes of a fence similar to the ones that 17-year old Hickey was impaled upon in February 2004, an incident that led to street riots after police were incorrectly blamed for his death.

Indigenous Social Justice Association president Ray Jackson said he had yet to meet anyone who was happy with The Bower.

“We support the move to have it taken away,” Mr Jackson said.

“Among the Aboriginal people it is known as The Fence and is a constant reminder of the spikes that killed TJ Hickey. I have spoken with TJ’s mother Gail Hickey and she doesn’t like it either.”

City of Sydney councillor Linda Scott said she supported the South Sydney Business Chamber’s campaign to have The Bower removed from their area…

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