Budj Bim’s World Heritage listing one step closer

Budj Bim is closer to world heritage listing.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said she was thrilled the World Heritage Council has accepted the nomination for assessment in Paris on Thursday.

She said a world heritage listing would be recognition of the important role the landscape plays in the lives of the Gunditjmara People.

“For at least 6,500 years, the Gunditjmara have used a highly sophisticated aquaculture system, developed on the remains of a lava flow.

“The Gunditjmara engineered channels to manage and divert water and ensure a sustainable supply of kooyang or eels. Even today this aquaculture system continues to be actively managed by Gunditjmara.”

Mrs Britnell said Budj Bim is the first Australian place nominated solely for its Aboriginal cultural values.

“For many years the traditional owners have been working for this recognition of their sacred country. It’s the hard work of people like, Damien Bell, Dennis Rose Michael Bell who have worked to see this to fruition,” she said.

“Our local indigenous history should be celebrated and shared – world heritage listing will ensure that happens.”

World Heritage bodies will further assess Budj Bim. They will then make a listing recommendation to the World Heritage Committee in mid-2019.

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