Testimonials

Testimonials

“Shaun Canning acted for me in connection with a proposed redevelopment of a quarry adjoining a declared Aboriginal place, including appearing as a witness in a Land & Environment Court appeal relating to that proposal. Shaun’s advice, expert report and conduct in the witness box as an expert witness was extremely professional, demonstrating his deep knowledge, expertise and market leadership in his area of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, and fully validated my reasons for selecting him to advise on my project. I would highly recommend him to any client.”

Stuart Dixon-Smith, National Head of Real Estate, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

"I would like to thank ACHM for the outstanding work undertaken on the Guttrum and Benwell State Forests project leading to the provision of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report to the North Central CMA in October 2014”.

Tim Hoogwerf, Manager, North Central Catchment Management Authority

"Shaun Canning was our lead contact from ACHM, and being a new client, he took on the role of liaising both with my Project team, myself and the 60 registered Aboriginal parties (RAPs) and three knowledge holder groups for an upper Hunter Valley brownfield coal mine extension. ACHM provided excellent outcomes for the Project and the Registered Aboriginal Parties. During ACHM's involvement, there was:

  • No conflict during the process
  • Delivery of an ACHAR and Project Addendum which followed the Project Plan
  • Concise and clear reporting of Aboriginal cultural values
  • Sensible collation of management measures
  • Excellent and 'fit for purpose' reporting

Shaun and ACHM demonstrated an ability to work with new, diverse and potentially difficult local communities and groups, and provided benefits to the RAPs and Glencore. ACHM's work was timely and below budget. I would use ACHM for my next EIS for cultural heritage assessments and reporting and recommend they be considered for other Projects".

Gary Boland, Project Manager, Mt Owen Complex, Glencore

"We wish to thank yourself, Erica Walther and Shaun Canning who have at all times been professional, free to discuss potential options and provide feedback on the status of the Cultural Heritage Management Plans. We have found the ACHM team to be knowledgeable and very easy to deal with".

Fionna Warren and Chanz Crowley, ABIGroup

Bringing the voice of the practitioner to the Master of Cultural Heritage course at Deakin University in Melbourne, Shaun recently talked to a beginning class in the foundational unit ‘Understanding Significance’. This might technically have been called a lecture, but in practice it was a refreshingly idiosyncratic tour around archaeological heritage sites of Australia, with comparative excursions into the rest of the world. Shaun talked about his experience with sites, technical investigation, and interpretation in the light of evidence, contextualised in many years of Australian archaeological knowledge. The whole was undergirded with a dry commentary on the political ramifications of archaeology. Throwing out a barrage of questions to the group, he explained, provoked and gathered up threads of arguments, with responses. The students loved it. Were they shocked? Yes. Were they discouraged? No. They can see themselves working in this environment, on the many challenges. 

Dr Linda Young, Senior Lecturer, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University