Budj Bim Sustainable Tourism Plan

Victoria

Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation

The Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape is in Victoria’s far south west and the traditional lands of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal people. The landscape is particularly noted for its unique aquaculture systems.

The Sustainable Tourism Plan is a practical framework, based on extensive systematic planning, for the Gunditjmara Aboriginal people to develop sustainable tourism ventures that will benefit the local community and showcase the remarkable natural and cultural heritage values of the Lake Condah and Mount Eccles region, which is included on the Australian National Heritage List as a place of outstanding national significance.

The plan forms a component of the Lake Condah Sustainable Development Project (2002), which is a Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation initiative.

The plan is based on a long-term vision for culturally based Indigenous tourism, where visitors are welcomed as guests to the Gunditjmara traditional lands and experience the landscape and its history with the people who care for it.

A sustainable approach is central to the plan, so that the level of tourism is carefully matched to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage features and the aspirations of the local Aboriginal community. Context worked with Urban Initiatives and Sinclair Knight Merz.

2007 PIA Victoria Planning Excellence Commendation – Rural and Regional Achievement