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Environment | History | Indigenous | Rural
The Lake of Scars


$15,505 Raised of


February 27, 2019
Community Impact Foundation
Thank you to the Community Impact Foundation last month for a surprise $2000 donation! Great news. 
April 22, 2018
Eucalypts Australia support
We were stoked to receive news last month that Eucalypt Australia - a philanthropic group formerly known as the Bjarne K Dahl trust - chose The Lake of Scars as one of the recipients of its 2018 Small Grants Programme, to the tune of $15,000. Thank you EA!
November 7, 2017
Amazing testimonials!
We asked a few supporters of the project for some supportive words. We're so grateful for the backing we're receiving!

Paul Daley, novelist, historian and Guardian Australia columnist:

"The story of Lake Boort, told by Bill Code with compelling insight, is complex and multi-layered. First, it reaches backwards through tens of thousands of years of Dja Dja Wurrung custodianship. But in a time when the gulf between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous people seems to be widening, it also resonates today through the shared efforts between black and white Australians to preserve and protect remarkable natural and cultural heritage. There is a more recent shared history, too, that unfolded around the sacred scar trees and the middens - one of land dispossession and of the theft of precious cultural artefacts. Gary Murray, among the most remarkable activists of his generation and central to the story of then and now, is central to efforts to reconcile the wrongs of the past."

Katharine Catelloti, Ecological Researcher:

"Perhaps no Australian tree is as iconic as the river red gum but remaining forests of these beautiful and ecologically significant eucalypts are under threat. River red gums stand amidst a struggle between the ever increasing demands for water by large scale agricultural industry and environmental conservation. The riparian habitats of river red gums are increasingly not receiving the water they need, while also facing pressures of logging and habitat removal. These trees can live for many hundreds of years and their presence is vital to the aquatic ecology and animals that are so unique and precious in the arid landscape of Australia. A large network of Australian scientists continue to work to highlight the precarious situation faced by river red gum flood plains and I am thrilled to know that a film which touches on both their environmental and cultural/historical significance can highlight the importance of looking after these icons of the Australian interior."

Andy Long, archaeologist and leading scarred tree expert:

"The Boort scarred trees are extremely important as a group, given their density, number and diversity of type, including exceptional surviving examples of bark removal and toe hold scars. They provide perhaps the only remaining opportunity for the study and protection of a traditional Aboriginal landscape through timber and trees."

November 6, 2017
Christian Pazzaglia joins the team as Producer
Thrilled to announce that Christian Pazzaglia has joined the team as a co-producer! Christian is an experienced producer, creative director and programme curator from Italy via The Netherlands. In 2016 he co-produced Daisuke Miyazaki’s film ‘Yamato (California)’ .
July 13, 2017
Teaser/crowdfund video coming
We are extremely close to releasing a brand new teaser/crowdfunding video featuring new characters and some beautiful new footage. We'll be able to start the funding push in earnest then, and are looking forward to feedback!
March 17, 2017
Educational programmes begin on the lake
We've just come back from spending a week in Boort with characters Jida Gulpilil and Paul Haw - got some great filming done to capture educational programmes and tours being carried out by Jida, with Paul showing us where a new 'scarred tree walkway' will be laid out near the Little Lake. Things are really moving! 

Photographer Rodney Dekker came along and got some great pics in the bag; 

You can see the rest here on the 'gallery' tab.

January 15, 2017
Jida Gulpilil to join list of characters
We're pleased to say a new character has arrived on the scene, and will feature in the film. 

There have been few Yung Balug/Dja Dja Wurrung people living in Boort in recent years. Clan member Gary Murray has been able to work constructively with Paul Haw, who lives on the lake, for many years now.

Now, in late 2016, Yung Balug clan member Jida Gulpilil has returned to live on the lake with his young family. Gulpilil plans to spend part of the year living on his father David's Yolngu country in the Top End, and part of it on his mother's Dja Dja Wurrung country here in Victoria. He's received a grant to establish cultural tours to share his knowledge, and with the lake filled once more with water, Jida is starting boat tours of school children and others around the lake to see the trees, middens and other cultural sites. We're thrilled he's agreed to be involved with the film.