Advice to Visitor Information Centres, Visitors and Tourists December 2020
15 December, 2020
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Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
Over thousands of years, the Gunditjmara traditionally engineered the lava flow and wetlands to build one of the world’s oldest freshwater aquaculture system to farm and harvest short-finned eels (kooyang) and other fish. The Gunditjmara built stone villages to settle alongside the aquaculture systems.
The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape on Gunditjmara country in the south-west of Victoria was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2019 for its unique Aboriginal cultural values.
Budj Bim Master Plan Stage One and Two Projects
The Victorian Government has invested $11m for new visitor and community infrastructure along the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape for the sustainable development of tourism activities. The Commonwealth Government has also contributed its investment alongside the existing funds.
Visiting the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape during construction
Visitors and tourists have indicated their desire to visit and experience the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, especially since the UNESCO World Heritage Inscription.
The global pandemic halted interstate and global travel since March 2020.
As restrictions continue to be lifted, increasing numbers of visitors and tourists will be visiting the south-west of Victoria including the Budj Bim landscape.
Construction of the new infrastructure across five Budj Bim locations has commenced in December 2020. The construction schedule and impact on visitors/tourists is as follows:
The Gunditjmara community looks forward to welcoming visitors and tourists to the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape on Gunditjmara Country in the southwest of Victoria.