Still Here: How Sacred Birthing Trees in Victoria are Facing Death
There is a sacred birthing tree, just outside of Ararat in rural Victoria, where over 50 generations of Indigenous Australians have been brought into the world. This tree is over 800 years old and is of incalculable cultural significance to the Djap Wurrung people who call the land their home. This tree is just one of the many marked for clearing by VicRoads in order to build a new four lane highway. A protest for the protection of the trees and surrounding habitat is currently underway and Zellenach Djab Mara, one of the protest’s leaders, calls Neil Morris and Rachel Hocking with an update.
Image Source: Djab Warrung Embassy