Budj Bim: World Heritage site?

Traditional owners, pushing for a 6,000-year-old network of eel traps in south-west Victoria to be included on the world heritage list, found out in January that the Australian Government has accepted their bid. 

The traps were built by the Gunditjmara people to manage eels in Lake Condah and nearby Darlot Creek and are among the earliest surviving examples of aquaculture.

Known as Budj Bim, the site received national heritage listing in 2004 and had been put forward for inclusion in the Australian government’s nomination to the Unesco World Heritage Council by the Victorian government, at the instigation of the Gunditjmara people, as part of an $8m management plan.

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, a lava field formed by the eruption of a volcano known as Mt Eccles, was being officially nominated by Australia for what is known as the World Heritage Tentative List.

It is the first stage in what is expected to result in Australia's 20th national treasure recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.  Read more