National Heritage Landscape
The Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape is a section of volcanic plain that encompasses the area from Mt Eccles to the sea. The basalt lava flow created a series of wetlands and rivers including Lake Condah, Darlots Creek and Fitzroy River and estuary. In 2010, Lake Condah was restored and the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners are now focusing on protecting and restoring other waterways in the landscape.
The landscape is rich in Gunditjmara cultural heritage places, including stone huts and engineered wetlands and channels used to hold and harvest eels. This site contains the oldest known record of aquaculture in the world. The area also supports many rare and threatened aquatic fauna including grayling, Yarra pygmy perch, dwarf galaxias, Australasian bitterns, growling grass frogs and Glenelg spiny crays.
The Glenelg Hopkins CMA is supporting the Gunditjmara community to improve the health of Country. Projects have included developing a land management toolkit based on Indigenous ecological knowledge, running ‘Yarns on Farms’ and providing training opportunities and grants for onground works. This partnership has enabled the Gunditjmara people to share traditional land management practices with landholders in the region.
The project implements priorities of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Windamara Aboriginal Corporation by working with Budj Bim rangers in restoration works along Darlots Creek and the Fitzroy River and estuary. The rangers are working to incorporate Indigenous ecological knowledge into land management on Gunditjmara owned and managed properties. In recent years, the CMA has been working with the rangers to share knowledge and support the development of the rangers’ skills in fire management, pest plant control, revegetation, fencing and wildlife monitoring. This project will build on these skills to restore waterways in the Budj Bim Landscape, strengthen the partnership with the CMA and provide employment opportunities for the Budj Bim rangers.