Ancestors’ achievements gain global recognition; Budj Bim added to World Heritage List
THE achievements of her ancestors have been recognised as significant to all of humanity, Gunditjmara elder Denise Lovett declared on Saturday, after the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape received long sought-after World Heritage listing.
The Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation chairwoman was speaking after the declaration that the heart of Gunditjmara country would officially join the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“This is a very special day for our Gunditjmara community,” she said.
“Budj Bim is immensely important to Gunditjmara people and our continuing connection to country.
“This landscape has provided and cared for us as Gunditjmara people, as we have cared for it over many thousands of years.
“We are so proud to now be able to share the achievements of our Gunditjmara ancestors and the Budj Bim story with the world.”
Believed to be one of the world’s oldest freshwater aquaculture systems, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape has joined the likes of the Galápagos Islands, Yellowstone National Park and the Great Barrier Reef as an area of cultural significance.
The World Heritage Committee, which has been meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, since June 30, officially inscribed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape to the World Heritage List on Saturday afternoon Australian time.
Babylon in Iraq and Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland were among others added, and Budj Bim becomes the 1101st site world-wide to be inscribed since the World Heritage List began in 1978.