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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Lake Condah IPA and Budj Bim Rangers

Lake Condah Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), dedicated in 2010 covers 1,700 hectares and includes the properties of Lake Condah, Allambie, Muldooons and Vaughans. The properties are part of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape and cover significant wetlands and stony rises right next to the historic lava flows found in Mount Eccles National Park in south-west Victoria.

The properties unique contours and landscape, formed when Mount Eccles started erupting some 27,000 years ago, is home to nationally significant species including the tiger quoll, the great egret and the powerful and barking owls.

The Kerrup Gunditj clan at Lake Condah had traditionally engineered an extensive aquaculture system at Lake Condah. Other Gunditjmara clans along the Budj Bim landscape worked together to establish kooyang (eel) trapping and farming systems, developing smoking techniques to preserve their harvest.

The Budj Bim Rangers work across the properties to protect the natural and cultural values and to provide a range of environmental services. Land management activities include revegetation, weed and pest mapping, and protecting cultural heritage sites.

Administration Organisation
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation and
Budj Bim Rangers undertaking cultural burning. Photo: © Greg Shelton
Budj Bim Rangers undertaking cultural burning. Photo: © Greg Shelton