Ravenswood scar trees find new home in Bendigo

Media Release


20 December 2016

Joint release with:

Maree Edwards

Victorian Member for Bendigo West

  • Culturally significant trees relocated to Bendigo's Ulumbarra Theatre to accomodate vital Ravenswood interchange upgrade
  • The relocated scar trees will offer a rich insight in to the Dja Dja Wurrung people's traditional practises for thousands of visitors to Bendigo every year

Three indigenous scar trees have been carefully salvaged and relocated to the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo to make way for the Ravenswood Interchange.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the scar trees would give the community a rich insight into the traditional practises of the area's Dja Dja Wurrung people.

“The two large trees and a smaller tree stump were identified by Dja Dja Wurrung as culturally significant during early planning for the Ravenswood Interchange. Relocating these trees was crucial to preserving the interchange site's indigenous heritage while ensuring a key piece of transport infrastructure progresses,” Mr Chester said.

“The trees had large scars on their trunks as a result of traditional Dja Dja Wurrung practices where sheets of bark were removed from the trees and used to carry seeds, food and objects from one place to another.

“Experts identified that the scar trees were incredibly fragile, given that they were old and had died many years before. These majestic trees bring to life the culture and practices of the Dja Dja Wurrung in a way that everyone can enjoy and appreciate.”

Victorian Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said through extensive consultation, Dja Dja Wurrung, VicRoads and the City of Greater Bendigo agreed to find a new home for the culturally significant trees.

“In the true spirit of Ulumbarra, meaning ‘gathering place’ in the Dja Dja Wurrung language, the stories of these ancient trees will now be shared with thousands of locals and visitors right here in Bendigo,” Ms Edwards said.

The Australian Government is contributing $45 million and the Victorian Government $41 million to build the new interchange at Ravenswood.