Save the Aboriginal Birthing Tree at Mount Langi Ghiran
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A claimed rare Aboriginal birthing tree is at the heart of a last-ditch heritage application to save it from being destroyed this year to widen a rural highway.
The tree, on Djab wurrung land in western Victoria, is in the path of the next stage of the $675 million Western Highway upgrade between Ballarat and Stawell, the biggest regional road project in the state.
It was identified this month by members of Victoria's Indigenous community as a living example of a sacred birthing tree. Three women have since submitted an application with Aboriginal Victoria to have the tree protected under heritage laws, in a last-ditch bid to stop it being cut down.
The tree is on a rural property in the Mount Langi Ghiran foothills near Buangor, on land that has recently been acquired by VicRoads.
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