Council delighted at declaration
GLENELG Shire Council Mayor Anita Rank said the protection of one of Australia’s most important Indigenous cultural sites has been secured for generations to come following the historic UNESCO World Heritage listing.
“Budj Bim will forever be etched in the nation’s storybook because of this history-making decision,” Cr Rank said.
“It is an important step in protecting the cultural heritage of this unique landscape, ensuring the storytelling of the Gunditjmara people is embedded in our history (and) in the nation’s history, for generations to come.
“This announcement is testament to years of diligent hard work and persistent lobbying by the Gunditjmara community who have passionately shared their ancestral stories.
“Today we thank them for this amazing gift which will attract much-deserved global attention to this cultural heartland.
“Importantly, this listing will assist to preserve the culture of this land and ensure sustainable development in the future, whilst progressing the continuing path of reconciliation.”