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Time to realise dream: Carter

COMPLETION of the Lake Boort scarred tree masterplan meant it was time to realise the dream of creating a visitor experience of national significance, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation CEO Rodney Carter said this afternoon.

“The Yung Balug Clan has advocated for many years on the beauty and significance of their

history and Cultural Heritage at Boort, now is the time to support them and the wider

community of Boort to realise a long held dream to create a Visitor Experience of national

significance here”,

Loddon Shire says the completed masterplan offered a concept design and

platform for sharing, protecting and realising the potential of this unparalleled site.

The site at Lake Boort is regarded as internationally significant and one of the most

important existing Aboriginal cultural sites, not only in Victoria, but Australia.

There are estimated to be over 400 scarred trees in the vicinity of the lake, retaining scars from the cutting of bark to make canoes, shields, and carriers. The site is not only known for its trees, but also for the many mounds, cooking ovens, artefacts and ceremonial sites that exist. The

rarity is associated too with the ability for visitors to access the site and see and understand

how the local Indigenous community lived by the lake for tens of thousands of years.

The masterplan further articulates what the Dja Dja Wurrung peoples and Boort

community have long known, that the story of Lake Boort is of deep importance and is one

that should be shared, it was said today.


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