Reinstating indigenous landscape planning curatorship : the Lake Condah restoration project

Bell, Damien and Jones, David 2011, Reinstating indigenous landscape planning curatorship : the Lake Condah restoration project, in WPSC 2011 : Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, World Planning Schools Congress, [Perth, W. A.], pp. 1-16.

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Title Reinstating indigenous landscape planning curatorship : the Lake Condah restoration project
Author(s) Bell, Damien
Jones, DavidORCID iD for Jones, David
Conference name World Planning Schools Congress (3rd : 2011 : Perth, W. A.)
Conference location Perth, W. A.
Conference dates 4-8 Jul. 2011
Title of proceedings WPSC 2011 : Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series World Planning Schools Congress
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher World Planning Schools Congress
Place of publication [Perth, W. A.]
Keyword(s) indigenous planning systems
ecological planning
Lake Condah
Summary While contemporary Western planning traditions in Australia talk of the last 200 years of innovation and transposition of European and North American planning traditions upon the Australian landscape, they neglect to mention some 40-50,000 years of Indigenous landscape planning initiatives and practice. The ancestral country of the Gunditjmara people is in the Western District of Victoria focused upon the Lake Condah and Mount Eccles localities. The Gunditjmara had, and continue to have a strong social, cultural and land management and planning presence in the region, in particular linked to environmental engineering initiatives and aquaculture curatorship of eel and fish resources. Archaeological evidence confirms that some 10,000 years of pre-European contact landscape planning practice has been applied by the Gunditjmara to construct resources management infrastructure to service a regional food need as well as a community need. Within contemporary reconciliation discourses, the Gunditjmara have activity sought over the last 25 years the rehabilitation of Lake Condah, which is now coming into fruition, and the restoration of their traditional landscape planning and management responsibilities. This paper reviews the restoration of Indigenous landscape planning and management theory and practice by the Gunditjmara, pointing to significant policy and practice success as well as the need to better appreciate this culturally-attuned and ecologically-responsive approach to landscape planning borne out of generations of knowledge.
ISBN 9781740522373
Language eng
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 120107 Landscape Architecture
Socio Economic Objective 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2011
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