Recently I read an article in The Age Newspaper – Budj Bim where the Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt said that he believed ‘the Budj Bim landscape – stony rises from Mt Eccles near Macarthur to a prehistoric aquaculture system on Lake Condah and south to Tyrendarra wetlands – was an outstanding site that had the potential to achieve World Heritage status.’
‘The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has written to Mr Hunt stating the Victorian government’s full support for listing Budj Bim, and has forwarded a peer-reviewed study by leading scientists and archaeologists that finds the landscape is of international significance and that the criteria for listing is fully justified.
Budj Bim – the Indigenous name of Mt Eccles which produced the lava flow that was settled by the Gunditjmara Indigenous people thousands of years ago – is already on the Australian National Heritage Register.
World Heritage listing would elevate it to the status of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 19 Australian sites currently receiving international protection.
The Gunditjmara are considered unique in Australia. They lived in large villages constructed of stone huts and harvested eels and fish in a sophisticated network of weirs and traps, dated to at least 6600 years ago, that meant they had no need of a nomadic lifestyle.’
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Budj Bim is about 80k away from where I live. It’s an extraordinary place that has a profound effect on me whenever I go to visit. I’d like to get up there again very soon but the very wet weather we are having at present isn’t conducive to bush walking. Instead I’ll post some photos I have taken there on previous visits as my way of supporting listing Budj Bim as a place of international significance – make of them what you will.
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