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More Indigenous sites will be lost if legislation and treaties aren’t forthcoming, an Indigenous activist says | The Courier

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Protecting Indigenous sites of significance or sacrality has become both an urgent and contentious dilemma in recent times. The destruction of the Kooyang stone arrangement at Lake Bolac is just the most immediate incident in a long litany of disputes over the protection of sites of cultural magnitude, including the Jukaan caves in Western Australia, the Djab Wurrung sacred trees between Buangor and Ararat in Victoria, and the Gulgurn Manja Aboriginal rock art site at the Grampians-Gariwerd. For generations many farmers in Australian chose one of two paths when they encountered Indigenous sites: either they quietly acknowledged their existence and preserved them, or they destroyed them. Either way, there was little…



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