We are delighted to have an exciting update! In April 2016 we shared the news that Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, on Gunditjmara Country, had received $8m from Victoria State Government to improve its visitor facilities.
The investment has paid out, as the Federal Government has nominated this Aboriginal site for inclusion on Australia’s World Heritage Tentative List. This is the usual iter nominations go through, with sites required to be on the proponent country’s Tentative List for a minimum of 12 months.
Budj Bim, at Lake Condah, in Victoria’s south-west, is of particular significance. Its stone traps are a prime example of the advanced aquaculture techniques in existence over 6,600 years ago. Additionally, the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation also looks after a number of sites where stone huts once stood, further evidence that Aboriginal people lived permanently in the area, and were engaged in farming and harvesting fish and eels for internal consumption and for trade.
Should the proponents succeed with their nomination, Budj Bim would become Australia’s 20th World Heritage site and the only place listed solely for its Indigenous cultural value.
We will need to wait and see what happens, as the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee meets only once a year to determine which nominations it will accept. In the meantime, if you are around Gunditjmara Country, why not visit this cultural landscape?
Do you think Murujuga will ever make Australia’s World Heritage Tentative List?