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Heritage: World Heritage proposal for ancient Indigenous settlement
An ancient Aboriginal settlement on a volcanic lava flow in south-west Victoria – the setting for a bloody war between Indigenous people and white settlers in the mid-19th century – appears likely to become Australia's latest UNESCO World Heritage site.

World Heritage proposal for ancient Indigenous settlement
Lake Condah in south-west Victoria [Credit: Damian White]

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has told Fairfax that he believes the Budj Bim landscape – stony rises from Mt Eccles near Macarthur to a prehistoric aquaculture system on Lake Condah and south to Tyrendarra wetlands – was an outstanding site that had the potential to achieve World Heritage status.

He has invited the Victorian government to complete an independently audited assessment to prove compliance with world heritage values.

If that showed there were "recognised outstanding universal values, then I would be delighted to propose this as a tentative item for listing by the World Heritage Committee", he said.

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has written to Mr Hunt stating the Victorian government's full support for listing Budj Bim, and has forwarded a peer-reviewed study by leading scientists and archaeologists that finds the landscape is of international significance and that the criteria for listing is fully justified.

Budj Bim – the Indigenous name of Mt Eccles which produced the lava flow that was settled by the Gunditjmara Indigenous people thousands of years ago –  is already on the Australian National Heritage Register.

World Heritage listing would elevate it to the status of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 19 Australian sites currently receiving international protection.

The Gunditjmara are considered unique in Australia. They lived in large villages constructed of stone huts and harvested eels and fish in a sophisticated network of weirs and traps, dated to at least 6600 years ago, that meant they had no need of a nomadic lifestyle.

The Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, backed by teams of archaeologists, historians and independent heritage experts, having been gathering evidence for a decade to support the nomination for UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Author: Tony Wright | Source: The Age [June 05, 2015]