In July 2018, the Birrarung Council was appointed pursuant to the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 (the Act) to be the independent voice of the Yarra River. An Australian first, the Act enables the identification of the Yarra River and the many hundreds of parcels of public land it flows through as one living, integrated natural entity for protection and improvement.
In July 2019, Budj Bim Cultural Landscape became the first site in Australia to receive World Heritage status exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural significance. It was the culmination of a long process driven by passionate and committed voices.
Believed to be the world’s oldest freshwater aquaculture systems, the listing of Budj Bim will bring an influx of tourism and funding for sustainable development.
With many more ancient and unique cultural landscapes located across Victoria, what impact will the Wilip-gin Birrarung murron Act and the historic listing of Budj Bim have on tourism and development more broadly?
Join us for an in-depth discussion about the legal implications of the path to recognition and protection of these significant cultural sites.
Supported by the Judicial Officers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee (JOACAC).
Please note that this program is open to all jurisdictions.