Aboriginal cultural heritage

Aboriginal people have lived in the Macedon Ranges area for at least 26,000 years. The Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrrung and Taungurung communities are still active. 

Council works with the community and local aboriginal groups to manage and care for their land.

The imprint of thousands of generations of Aboriginal people can be found in the form of scarred trees, rock scatters, shell middens, quarries, grinding stones, ceremonial grounds and ochre pits. All Aboriginal cultural places and artefacts are protected by law in Victoria under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. Any artefact or sites found must be reported to Aboriginal Affairs Victoria or Council.

Mount William, Wil-im-ee Moor-ring (Home of many axes), north of Lancefield is one of the most important cultural sites of the Wurundjeri people and was recently added to the National Heritage List in recognition of its national significance.  Council formally transferred the land title, ownership and management of Wil-im-ee Moor-ring back to the Wurungeri people in 2012.