Sacred to the Gunditjmara people, the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape was created by volcanic lava flow. It extends from Budj Bim (formerly Mt Eccles) to the sea and encompasses a series of waterways including Lake Condah and the Fitzroy River.
The landscape is rich in cultural heritage, including engineered wetlands and channels used to hold and harvest eels – the oldest known record of aquaculture in the world. Budj Bim Connections aims to improve the condition of native vegetation, increase connectivity of aquatic habitats and foster sharing and integration of aboriginal knowledge.
Already the project has delivered landholder management agreements to over 60 ha, including fencing and weed management. These works will enhance recreational opportunities along the waterway and benefit rare and threatened species such as Australasian bittern, growling grass frog, Yarra pygmy perch and Glenelg spiny crayfish.
Image courtesy Sunarazzi
Waterway managers: Glenelg Hopkins CMA.