HALLS GAP - A collaborative project between Traditional Owner Groups and Parks Victoria has assessed seventy-three Aboriginal Heritage sites in the Grampians National Park for flood damage.
Known rock art, quarries, earth features, scar trees and artefact sites were visited during the project to determine any damage following flood events in 2011.
The assessment was undertaken by Traditional Owner representatives from Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Martang Pty Ltd in conjunction with flood recovery staff and archaeologists from Parks Victoria and consulting heritage advisors. The $120,000 project is part of the Victorian State Government's $19.7 million flood recovery program.
Ranger in Charge for Grampians National Park, David Roberts said the collaborative project would ensure the Aboriginal Heritage of the Grampians was secure and thanked the Traditional Owner groups and Parks Victoria staff who shared an aim of protecting the precious sites.
"The Aboriginal Heritage sites survey was developed to determine the impact of recent flood events and to identify priority sites for rehabilitation or protection works, now and into the future," Mr Roberts said.
"Over two weeks, Traditional Owner representatives and Parks Victoria staff worked across 73 sites.
Due to the nature of the assessments, the work also included the identification of two previously unrecorded sites - one scar tree and one stone artefact scatter."
Mr Roberts said the project would establish and incorporate the views of the relevant Traditional Owner groups on matters such as the interpretation and significance of the heritage places and potential rehabilitation or protection methods and priorities.
Mr Roberts said the project evolved from a desktop study undertaken by Parks Victoria, which identified a number of Aboriginal heritage places within the Grampians National Park which may have been impacted by the flood and storm event of 2011.
"Some of these places had the potential to be directly impacted by the flood and storm events particularly through inundation, flash flooding or landslips, while others may have been affected by increased visitation to some portions of the park which were open while the flood affected areas of the park remained closed."
For more information on Grampians National Park, visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.