Western Treatment Plant

To: "Debbie Lustig" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Western Treatment Plant
From: "Elizabeth Shaw" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:14:07 +1000
I didn't know Debbie, but wasn't surprised.

Having studied some aboriginal prehistory at uni about 30 years ago, and through my travels, aboriginals sites are almost everywhere, especially along coastal sites and near permanent water. Middens are very common and should be respected as they sometimes buried people in them. Shellfish was obviously an important food source looing at the frequency and size of middens. Boardwalks over some coastal places help protect them without many people realise it.

Ceremonial sites are also quite common and Victoria's Western district was one of the most heavily populated areas in Australia before European occupation/invasion. The volcanic plains were very fertile, as they are now and evidence of at least semi-permanent stone houses, fish/eel traps, occupation mounds and ceremonial sites are there in abundance. Many are mapped and recorded.
Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island

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