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VCAA Bulletin
No.60 – July
Feature story

four people standing in a sunny place in front of trees

L–R: Eileen Alberts, Greg Shelton, Talara Harrison and Denis Rose during filming at Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape.

New videos take students on virtual agriculture tours

Victoria’s own World Heritage–listed Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape was a natural choice for filming part of a new video series that takes VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies students on virtual field study trips.

The videos were filmed at locations around Victoria, carefully selected to tell the story of food and fibre production from local, state, national, and global perspectives, and are a valuable resource for the newly accredited study.

The seven videos provide an overview of Units 1–4, innovation and technology, and demonstrate practical teaching activities using scientific methodology and Indigenous agriculture and horticulture. They explore food and fibre production through an interdisciplinary approach. Land cultivation and the raising of plants and animals are seen through evidence-based, sustainable and ethical practices.

Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, in southwest Victoria, provides an outstanding example of complex Aboriginal aquaculture and hydraulic engineering and is a unique part of global agriculture and horticultural history. Eileen Alberts, Greg Shelton, Talara Harrison and Denis Rose were involved in demonstrating some of these techniques.

The eel traps at Budj Bim comprise a vast network of weirs, dams and stone canals constructed to manipulate water levels in various lake basins. These structures provided the region’s Gunditjmara people with a year-round food supply, which was also important for trade. The site also features the remnants of almost 300 stone houses. The stone-walled traps have been carbon dated to 6600 years old, meaning they predate more internationally renowned examples of ancient engineering such as the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge.

The videos can be viewed on the VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies study design webpage.