Budj Bim tour and forum
Last month over 35 reconciliation supporters from around Victoria gathered on Gunditjmara country at Budj Bim, to learn about the Gunditjmara peoples’ connection to this very special place, and to connect with each other, to share, learn and build a stronger reconciliation movement.
The group included people from Geelong, Shepparton, Ballarat, Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Whitehorse, Stonnington, Banyule, Macedon Ranges, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Ranges.
We were welcomed to Country by Aunty Eileen Alberts (pictured) and given a fascinating tour by Elder Denis Rose around the various sites that make up Budj Bim and Lake Condah Mission. These included the sophisticated aquaculture systems, including stone eel traps and channels designed by the Gunditjmara people thousands of years ago.
Denis also provided an overview of the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Agreement, an outstanding example of collaboration between local government and Aboriginal communities in Victoria. It was a special weekend and a privilege to spend time on this sacred country of global historical significance.
Our Gunditj Mirring Tour Guide Denis Rose speaks to group at Muldoon Eel Trap near Lake Condah
Click to read the LRG Forum notes
Read also Sylvia Edgar's report of the weekend. (Sylvia is a member of Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation)
Budj Bim heritage site to get $8m upgrade to help UNESCO bid
Denis Rose of the Gunditj Mirring Corporation taking Reconciliation Victoria members on a tour of the site in April 2016. Photo: Lisa Gervasoni
The Budj Bim site in south-west Victoria has moved one step closer to UNESCO World Heritage listing with the Victorian Government announcing $8 million to improve visitor facilities.
The Budj Bim lava flow landscape north of Portland is home to some of the oldest known examples of man-made aquaculture systems in the world, as well as evidence of numerous Aboriginal settlements.