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How did indigenous people manage the environment at Lake Condah?

How did indigenous people manage the environment at Lake Condah?

The Gunditjmara people managed the area by engineering channels to bring water and young eels from Darlots Creek to low lying areas. They created ponds and wetlands linked by channels containing weirs. Woven baskets were placed in the weir to harvest mature eels.

What is Lake Condah famous for?

Gunditjmara fishtraps and aquaculture Lake Condah is famous for its elaborate stone-walled fishtraps and associated aquaculture system.

Why is Lake Condah so unusual?

An earlier mission north-east of Warrnambool had failed as the Gournditch-jmara would not settle there with traditional tribal enemies. Thus Lake Condah proved unusual in Victoria for its internal cohesion, owing to its tribal homogeneity.

Where is BUDJ BIM cultural landscape?

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The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is located in the traditional Country of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal people in south-eastern Australia. The three serial components of the property contain one of the world’s most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems.

Where is evidence of the oldest aquaculture found?

Budj Bim National Park Located in the heart of Gunditjmara Country in south-western Victoria, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape contains one of the world’s most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems.

How will the gunditjmara people use Lake Condah?

Gunditjmara people managed the water flow from Lake Condah, creating dams and blockages to ensure the water flowed as they needed it. The eel and fish traps supplied enough food to sustain their community all year-round so that they never had to leave and also allowed the Gunditjmara people to trade with other nations.

How will the gunditjmara people use Lake condah?

What is being done to protect BUDJ BIM?

All Gunditjmara cultural heritage on Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is protected by Victoria’s Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. The 2014 Budj Bim (Tourism) Master Plan establishes requirements for sustainable tourism and visitation, as well as educational opportunities, for the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.

What is unusual about the lake condah?

The lake is shallow, and about 4km long and 1km wide. It lies within the Budj Bim heritage areas, an area known for the ancient aquaculture systems created by the Gunditjmara at least 6,600 years ago to trap short-finned eels (kooyang) and other fish.

How old is Budj Bim?

See Victoria’s magnificent natural wonders, including the now dormant 30,000-year-old volcano of Budj Bim, which in Gunditjmara means ‘Big Head’. The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape has formally been recognised on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Can I visit Budj Bim?

WELCOME TO BUDJ BIM TOURS Budj Bim Tours has been offering authentic, guided tours through the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape since 1999 .

What is Aboriginal aquaculture?

Aquaculture has been practiced for thousands of years by Aboriginal communities who used sophisticated fish traps on inland and coastal waters to capture and hold fish. Globally aquaculture is recognised as a developing industry that can provide economic and employment outcomes, particularly in rural and remote areas.