Gunditjmara Traditional Owners guided Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines MP through culturally significant Budj Bim waterways in late June.

Anthony Carbines and Michael Bell

Parliamentary Sectretary for Water Anthony Carbines with Michael Bell, CEO of Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation at Budj Bim waterways. Photo courtesy David Rose

The Budj Bim waterways are a network of wetlands and channels that make up one of the world’s oldest known aquaculture sites.

Ancestors of Gunditjmara Traditional Owners historically used the Budj Bim waterways to hold and harvest eels for smoking and trading. This culturally significant site is one of ten large-scale Flagship Waterways in Victoria being restored and preserved for future generations. This is funded by the Victorian Government through a record $222 million investment to improve the health of our waterways and catchments.

The Budj Bim Connections project aims to improve the condition of native vegetation and increase connectivity of aquatic habitats. The project also fosters increased knowledge sharing between landholders and the Gunditjmara Traditional Owners, as well as improving the condition and connection of Budj Bim’s waterways which will benefit from over $1.5 million in Government investment in waterway health from now until 2020.  

Mr Carbines joined Gunditjmara Traditional Owners, local landholders and members of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority at the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area to see firsthand the progress made in rehabilitating the spectacular landscape.

Budj Bim waterway

Budj Bim Connections is one of 10 Flagship Waterways projects that aim to improve the condition of native vegetation and increase aquatic habitat health. Photo courtesy David Rose