Saving Victoria's Rock Art

Ancient Rock Art is Under Threat

Western Victoria holds hundreds of recorded Aboriginal rock art sites spanning more than twenty thousand years, and we know that recent discoveries have only scratched the surface.

The ancient rock art of Western Victoria is suffering from extensive damage due to environmental conditions, introduced species, and the impacts of parks visitation. Critical work is required ASAP to protect park environments and Aboriginal rock art in Victoria for future generations. 

People and Parks Foundation is working to raise funds in support of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council's Traditional Owner-led delivery of restorative and protective measures to ensure these vital examples of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage are not lost forever due to preventable factors.

The Issues:

  • Rock art sites are being degraded by stone exfoliation, salt build up, lichens and moulds
  • Rock arts sites are being degraded by invasive pest activities
  • Visitors are (often inadvertently, but sadly, sometimes intentionally), causing environmental damage

2 - Goat damage to rock art in the Black Range State Park

Goats causing damage to rock art sites in the Black Range State Park

5 - Graffiti 2

Intentional defacement of ancient rock art sites by visitors

Recent SBS coverage of the vandalism issue on ancient rock art sites condemns the desecration of ancint cultural sites and call on all parks visitors to be aware, be sensitive, and be vigilant.

Please act now, before it’s too late 

Without immediate action, the Aboriginal of Western Victoria rock art, or it could be lost in our lifetime.   

People and Parks Foundation is working closely with local Aboriginal community and Parks Victoria to take action. Our job is to raise funds to:

  • Protect environments containing Aboriginal rock art
  • Educate parks visitors about preventable degradation
  • Celebrate culturally significant sites 

*Donations $2 or more to People and Parks Environment Trust are tax deductible in Australia. Please donate today, your contribution is invaluable.

For more information about how you can support this important project, please contact People and Parks Foundation:

A cross-sector approach led by community will facilitate positive outcomes for the protection of these natural environments and the ancient Aboriginal rock art therein. 

7 - Repairing Rock Art