Our Cultural Heritage team provide technical expertise of historical and Indigenous best practice cultural heritage management, identifying options and solutions to support infrastructure projects with various approaches, including archaeological site surveys. Our Cultural Heritage Officers undertake cultural heritage compliance assessments and facilitate consultation between Traditional Owners and our clients. At GBA, we believe in providing honest and ethical cultural heritage management advise while protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.
This month, we asked our 'Green Team' made up of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Officers to share some of their favourite memories:
Last year, the our team of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Officers, including Sarah and Izzy, conducted Archaeological test pit excavations with Bidjara Aboriginal Party and Department of Transport & Main Roads representatives to assess the area for evidence of subsurface Cultural Heritage values:
This location is very significant to the Koa People and was shown to our Cultural Heritage and Environmental team, including our Associate Michael, by Koa Traditional Owners to represent the ‘Two Dog Dreaming’ Dreamtime story:
Michael Williams joined us in 2016 as our Cultural Heritage & Environmental Officer and has been appointed as an Associate. With a rich background of experience, Michael has studied and worked all over the world, including as an underwater archaeologist in Turkey and Heritage Management student in Greece, before joining us in Barcaldine.
Our Graduate Archaeologist, Sarah joined GBA Consulting Engineers from Brisbane to join our Cultural Heritage and Environmental team in 2021. Sarah has shared some favourite moments over her time with GBA:
"Working in the outback is really great. I love spending time on country and engaging with the diversity of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in Central West Queensland."
Izzy and myself on a jump up in Winton
Gumbi Gumbi (Pittosporum angustifolium) – Gumbi Gumbi is one of the most important medicines used by Aboriginal Australians.
Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
We'd also like to extend a congratulations to Izzy, one of our Cultural Heritage/Environmental Officers, who was recently selected to be part of Homeward Bound in 2022! Izzy is one of 100 women from around the world with a background in STEMM chosen to take part in a leadership course designed at helping women to become better leaders in their fields, aiming to improve global collaboration from women to help work towards a more sustainable future for the planet. Well deserved, Izzy!
If you'd like to engage our Cultural Heritage Officers to support an upcoming project, please reach out on our Contact page. If you'd like to join our growing team, find out about our available roles or lodge an Expression of Interest on our Careers page.