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Linking Yanha Gurtji - completion of RiverConnect route three ‘The Flats’


Uncle Ruben Baksh a Yorta Yorta Nation Elder

The area known as ‘The Flats’ – a floodplain between Shepparton and Mooroopna – is a significant site among the Yorta Yorta people. Not only have the Yorta Yorta enjoyed a long association with the area, it was also the home to the first ever mass strike of Aboriginal people in 1939, due to increasingly punitive government controls.

Now, a new shared path will help more people learn about this important part of Australian history. Route 3 of the Linking Yanha Gurtji – RiverConnect project has now been completed.

The route links The Flats to Botanic Gardens and has been made possible with a $500,000 investment from the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

Uncle Ruben Baksh is a Yorta Yorta Nation Elder who takes people on guided walks of the area and teaches locals about the historic 1939 Cummeragunja Walk Off.

In addition to teaching people about environmental values and cultural significance of the area, the project also aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the community, providing commuters with more options between Shepparton and Mooroopna and providing links within the existing shared paths network.

constrction work at RiverConnect

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