The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in Victoria’s South West has officially been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Azerbaijan on Saturday 6th July.
The listing comes after more than a decade long campaign and is the first site to be recognised by UNESCO for its Aboriginal cultural importance; and only the second World Heritage Listed site in Victoria.
Considered one of the oldest aquaculture sites in the world, the site is at the heart of Gunditjmara country, with ownership of the land officially handed back to the Gunditjmara people in 2007.
Urban Enterprise first recognised the potential of the Budj Bim Heritage Landscape during the preparation of the Great Ocean Road Destination Management Plan in 2011, and undertook a detailed tourism and economic benefit assessment in 2013 to inform the Master Plan prepared in conjunction with Tract Consultants and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners.
As a result of this process, State Government delivered $8 million in funding to help support the World Heritage List application, and to implement the tourism infrastructure to support visitors to Budj Bim including interpretations buildings, trail networks, visitor facilities and arrival spaces and accommodation, as outlined in the Budj Bim Master Plan.
Congratulations to the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation on securing this important win for the Gunditjmara community.
See the Budj Bim Master Plan for further details https://www.gunditjmirring.com/budj-bim-master-plan?lightbox=i0aea
Image Source: Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation