A trail that will begin by commemorating the fallen at the Convincing Ground in Portland – arguably Victoria's first Indigenous major massacre site – has won $8million in funding from the Victorian Government in the 2016 state budget.
Led by David Huxtable from interps firm LookEar, the trail is to be known as the Budj Bim Way. It will head from the Convincing Ground for 40 kilometres to Lake Surprise, taking in the Gunditjmara's cultural heritage from complex eel trap systems and the ruins of their villages of domed housing to explanations of place-based creation stories.
The team, who collaborated with the Gunditjmara, consisted of Hamilton firm Cooper Scaife Architects, graphic designer Mono Design, with Gib Wettenhall as writer.
The People of Budj Bim was the Overall Winner at the Victorian Community History Awards held in Queens Hall, Parliament House in October 2011. Order book via em PRESS publishing website.
Lake Condah is at the heart of the Budj Bim landscape. When I started research with the Gunditjmara editorial committee some three years ago the lake was a turbid puddle with cattle milling about. Once a permanent 250 hectare feature of the landscape, one hundred years of drainage schemes for agriculture had reduced it to this sorry state.
Gib is pictured on top of the new wier that has returned water permanently to Lake Condah.