LITTLE YARRA RIVER
Melbourne Water Corporation is exploring a number of potential projects along the Little Yarra River in Yarra Junction, 55 km east of Melbourne. Works include weed control, revegetation and the design and construction of a shared network trail along the river.
The project is currently in its infancy and Melbourne Water have recently completed a survey with responses from over 150 diverse community members who live, work and play in the area - from land owners to horse riders and recreational users. The feedback from the community will inform the next stage of the design process.
ArchLink was engaged to undertake a Cultural Heritage Management Plan to determine the extent and significance of any Aboroginal cultural heritage that might remain in the area. The fieldwork involved survey and complex testing from 15th to 19th June, 2020. Two coarse silcrete debitage flakes were recovered from the western end of the activity area and registered with the VAHR as a low-density artefact distribution. Extent testing around this site revealed no further artefacts and it is likekly these artefacts are the result of redistribution via floodwaters. Specific management conditions are now in place to mitigate impacts to the place. At the conclusion of the works the artefacts will be repatriated to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (WWCHAC) for reburied in accordance with their Repatriation Policy.