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NAIDOC week: ranger Greg Shelton talks Country

Monday 17 July, 2017

2-9 July is NAIDOC Week, when Australia celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The stunning south west of Victoria is a great place to experience rich Aboriginal Cultural History throughout the World Heritage listed Budj Bim region, home to the Gundtjmara people for many thousands of years.

Meet Parks Victoria ranger and Gunditjmara man Greg Shelton: a Traditional Owner delighted to be working on Country.

Mr Shelton says he enjoys helping visitors deepen their appreciation of the area by sharing Cultural stories and information about the area.

One of his favourite walks in the Budj Bim (Mt Eccles) National Park is the Budj Bim crater and the beautiful Lake Surprise, where he may share with visitors the Creation stories special to the site.

Mr Shelton also tours people through the Indigenous Protected Area, which has ancient aquaculture systems and recreated permanent stone dwellings like those built by Gunditjmara people 6600 years ago.

Previously, Mr Shelton was Senior Ranger for Windamara Aboriginal Corporation, which mentors young Aboriginal rangers and assists with employment skills.

For more information call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria ranger Greg Shelton:

“This NAIDOC Week look at the website, get out there and see what’s on. There are events all over Australia.

“Here in the South West we have Indigenous Protected Area tours, where you can see and hear about the oldest aquaculture systems in the world and see the remains of permanent stone dwellings, 6600 years old.”

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader Peter Hill:

“Greg adds so much to visitors’ experience of Budj Bim National Park. Not only does he work hard to maintain tracks and keep facilities clean, he is has incredible skills and knowledge which he is happy to share, making every visit special.”

“Parks Victoria is proud to partner with Traditional Owners to care for Country.”



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