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Budj Bim Cultural Landscape 

29-08-2022 15:35

GMTOAC have been managing Country for at least 6,600 years and will do for future generations.

The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape was inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage list at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in July of 2019 located in Baku, Azerbaijan.

GMTOAC are the first community-based agency to submit a World Heritage Nomination to be listed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and the first listed site in Australia to be inscribed solely for its Cultural values. The Landscape has evidence of Gunditjmara occupation and use. The volcanic landscape was altered to create the world’s oldest aquaculture system, dating to at least 6,600 years old, with stone hut villages always close by. The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is a living entity which has catered to Gunditjmara for thousands of years.

As Gunditjmara we have pride in our history and showcase the work of our ancestors through caring for Country actions and more recently through our sustainable Indigenous tourism initiative, Budj Bim Cultural Landscape Tourism. Gunditjmara continue to care for Budj Bim and do this in collaboration with many state and regional partners, ensuring the ongoing management and protection of Country.

Our ranger programs and other dedicated staff are key to the work that is done on Country – focusing on cultural and natural resource management, including cultural burning, revegetation, cultural water flows and wetland and riparian restoration works.

Presenters: Erin Rose Gunditj Mirring TBudj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (GMTOAC).

Powerpoint slides: Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.


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