Our team understands Aboriginal people are the rightful custodians of Aboriginal cultural heritage. We work with Aboriginal communities to facilitate good conservation outcomes for Aboriginal cultural heritage projects.
In 2011 we joined forces with Jo McDonald Cultural Heritage Management, expanding an already extensive network of established working relationships with Aboriginal groups and representative stakeholders throughout Australia.
Whether you’re a project manager, a community group, or a private developer, we can work collaboratively with you and relevant Aboriginal communities to deliver your project.
Our Aboriginal cultural heritage services include:

Cultural Heritage Assessments
Aboriginal Community and Stakeholder Consultation
Aboriginal Values and Archaeological Research Design, Surveys and Assessments
Cultural Heritage Management Plans
Fieldwork Progress, Monitoring, Salvage Excavation and Artefact Analysis
Due Diligence Assessments, Approvals and Permits (Local and National)


Cultural Heritage Assessments

We work with Aboriginal communities to research and assess the Aboriginal heritage values of a landscape, area, place or site. Our multidisciplinary team of consultants means our assessments are integrated and can address all aspects of potential cultural significance in line with the philosophy and principles of heritage practice and the views and values of Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal Community and Stakeholder Consultation

GML’s broad expertise means we effectively engage with and listen to Aboriginal communities. This provides the communities with a voice and empowers them in the management of their cultural heritage at both local and national levels. Building on the Ask First methodology, we have just demonstrated our national leadership in this field through the development of Indigenous consultation guidelines for a Commonwealth agency.

Kamay, La Perouse

Stockton Peninsula, Newcastle

Aboriginal Values and Archaeological Research Design, Surveys and Assessments

Our CHMPs are based on the needs of the community and our clients. We listen to understand objectives, and we identify opportunities and develop practical plans that can be enacted, complemented by a range of short and long-term goals. CHMPs are grounded in the principles and practice enshrined in the ICOMOS Burra Charter, and aim to retain and protect heritage places and significant values for future generations to enjoy.

Windang Bowls Club, NSW

Elara Subdivision, Marsden Park

Cultural Heritage Management Plans

Our CHMPs are based on the needs of the community and the client.  We listen to their wants, identify opportunities and develop practical plans that can be enacted, with a range of short and long-term objectives and goals.  CHMPs are founded on Burra Charter principles, with an aim of retaining heritage sites and values for future generations.

Anambah Investigation Area, Maitland

Fieldwork Progress, Monitoring, Salvage Excavation and Artefact Analysis

Our excavation programs are well planned, site specific and focussed on delivering balanced outcomes for communities, clients and future researchers. We constantly refine and innovate our practice to ensure our excavation techniques and methodologies are strategic and effective.

We engage clients and communities in archaeological excavations during works and discuss the process and results. As we change practice and learn, we contribute new ideas to government authorities to help stimulate new excavation methodologies and policy. This process of continual improvement ensures intellectually engaged consultants and the best possible outcomes for clients, communities and cultural heritage.

Shell Midden, Little Bay

Discovery Point, Tempe

Due Diligence Assessments, Approvals and Permits (Local and National)

Understanding what heritage values you may have early in your project can ensure you deliver your project in a timely manner. Our due diligence reports provide you with advice about the potential for heritage sites to occur and the potential impacts arising.

We work with our clients to avoid and minimise heritage impacts wherever possible, reducing the need for further heritage impact management. If impacts are unavoidable, we can provide a succinct and clear process for obtaining the relevant work permits. We can assist you in planning for heritage as part of your project timeframes upfront, limiting risks to project budgets and critical paths.

Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area, NSW

Jordan Springs Development Area (Former ADI Site), St Mary’s, NSW