Our Projects

ACHM have a reputation for delivering technically complex and challenging projects to strict deadlines in very demanding physical environments. Our reputation depends on technical expertise, innovation, attention to detail and strict OHS compliance at all times. As a result, we have completed approximately 3,000 cultural heritage projects throughout Australia since 2000.

The following projects are a showcase of some of our work.

Pacific Hydro Yaloak Windfarm

Victoria, 2009-2016

ACHM worked closely with Pacific Hydro for a number of years on the Yaloak windfarm. Some 76 discrete Aboriginal archaeolgoical sites were located within the activity area of the windfarm. Following a series of redesigns, the overwhelming majority (74) of the cultural heritage places were able to be managed in situ with only 2 places being salvaged. 

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Water for a Growing West

Victoria, 2016

ACHM recently completed a Complex CHMP and salvage excavations for Melbourne Water's 'Water for a Growing West' pipeline project between St Alban's and Tarneit. Approximately 700 stone artefacts were recovered and analysed. 

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TAC and VicRoads Safer System Roads Infrastructure Program (SSRIP)

Victoria, 2017 - Ongoing

ACHM have completed a number of due diligence assessment for the $1 Billion Safer Systems Roads Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) throughout south-eastern Victoria. The project involves a significant investment in an upgrade to roadside safety mechanisms such as new and improved accident prevention barriers. 

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Fortescue Metals Group

Pilbara, 2007 - Ongoing

ACHM have completed extensive archaeological and ethnographic surveys for FMG on the Solomon rail alignment, Solomon rail camp, Fig Tree, Flinders and Investigator projects. 

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Hancock Prospecting

Pilbara, 2010 - Ongoing

ACHM have completed archaeological and ethnographic surveys for Hancock Prospecting on their Mulga Downs project. 

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Victorian Environmental Assessment Council

Melbourne, Victoria, 2010 - 2011

ACHM were engaged by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council to research and write a report on Indigenous cultural heritage and history within the Melbourne metropolitan area. The report present a range of pre-contact and post-contact historical themes and narratives, derived from 30,000 years of archaeological evidence through to contemporary Aboriginal attachment to places within the investigation areas. A copy of the…

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G-MW Connections

Central and Northern Victoria, 2007 - Ongoing

ACHM have been a key participant delivering cultural heritage management advice and approvals for the NVIRP / G-MW-Connections project for almost 10 ten years. During that time we have produced numerous Approved CHMPs and due diligence assessments for over 300 infrastructure construction sites. We have also managed the archaeological excavation, dating and repatriation of an important Pleistocene burial site at…

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Wallan-Kilmore Bypass

Kilmore, Victoria, 2011 - Ongoing

ACHM were engaged by VicRoads in 2011 to undertake Aboriginal cultural heritage and historical assessments of several proposed routes for the Wallan-Kilmore bypass, culminating in a CHMP for the selected option. 

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Broken Head Quarry

Byron Bay, New South Wales, 2015

ACHM Managing Director, Dr Shaun Canning successfully appeared as an expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court in October 2015 for the proponent of a proposed rezoning of a quarry near Byron Bay. 

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Sunbury Electrification Project

Sunbury, Victoria, 2010

ACHM were commissioned by the Sunbury Electrification Project Alliance to undertake extensive archaeological salvage works under an Approved CHMP and to prepare new CHMP's for the project. ACHM were engaged to resolve a major issue with very poorly defined Aboriginal site boundaries which were unnecessarily impinging on the projects construction envelope. When originally recorded, the boundaries did not…

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United Wambo Joint Venture Cultural Values Assessment

Singleton, New South Wales, 2015 - 2016

ACHM were engaged by Glencore to undertake the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage assessment for the United Wambo Joint Venture project. The State Significant Development project required an exhaustive Aboriginal cultural values assessment, which ultimately forms part of the Environmental Impact Statement. The report (Appendix 14) can be downloaded here. 

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Mt Owen Cultural Values Assessment

Hunter Valley, New South Wales, 2013 - 2014

ACHM was engaged to assist Xstrata (Glencore) with an Aboriginal cultural values assessment for the proposed Mt Owen Continued Operations Project. The project involved over 12 months of fieldwork and consultation with 66 Registered Aboriginal Parties throughout the Hunter Valley, culminating in the production of an exhaustive Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report for submission to the New South…

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Princes Highway Duplication

Gippsland, Victoria, 2016 -

ACHM have completed several CHMP's for VicRoads for the Princes Highway Duplication project.

Salvage excavations have also been undertaken by ACHM with GunaiKurnai traditional owners. The excavations recovered several thousand stone artefacts from the margins of Sheepwash Creek. 

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Western Highway Project

Western Victoria, 2009 - 2014

ACHM were engaged by VicRoads to complete Standard and Complex CHMP's for several stages of the Western Highway duplication project. The Western Highway is the major interstate link between Melbourne and Adelaide and is the key transport corridor for Victoria's Western District. An extensive archaeological salvage program followed on from the CHMP's. ACHM completed the final stage of…

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Banjima Cultural Heritage Management

East Pilbara, 2005 - Ongoing

Over the last 10 years, ACHM has been the cultural heritage management provider for the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation across their determined native title claim area. The Banjima people have native title over some 10,000 square kilometres of the east Pilbara which is rich in cultural and natural heritage, including a huge number of internationally significant archaeoloigcal…

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Sunbury Hills

Sunbury, Victoria, 2016 -

ACHM have been engaged by Capitol Property Group to manage the indigenous and historic heritage approvals processes for the Sunbury Hills development. Sunbury Hills is a 206 hectare sub-division which will have 1,500 to 1,700 residential lots, a town centre, schools, sports and community facilities all located at the southern entrance to Sunbury. 

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Koodaideri

Pilbara, 2007 - Ongoing

ACHM have undertaken ethnographic and archaeological surveys for the Banjima people throughout the Rio Tinto Koodaideri project area since 2007.  Several hundred Aboriginal sites haven been recorded to date, including rare wooden artefacts. 

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Box Creek Weir

Kow Swamp, Victoria, 2014 - Ongoing

Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW) engaged ACHM to complete a Complex CHMP for the Box Creek Weir replacement project in 2011. Following the approval of the CHMP, works commenced on site to replace the dilapidated 100-year-old weir. During very early works, human skeletal remains were discovered. ACHM were engaged to manage the sensitive process of community and government consultation with…

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Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm

Mt Gellibrand, Victoria, 2009 - Ongoing

Located 25kms east of Colac, the Mt Gellibrand wind farm will produce enough energy to power 100,000 homes. ACHM were engaged to undertake cultural heritage assessments of the wind farm site by Acciona Energy in 2009. Extensive surveys and archaeological investigations were conducted, locating and recording over 200 Aboriginal archaeological sites. As a result, the design of the…

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Hope Downs

East Pilbara, WA, 2008 - 2010

ACHM were engaged by the Martidja Banjima (MIB) native title claimants to undertake archaeological survey, excavation and mitigative salvage work for Rio Tinto's Hope Downs mine development.

The project included the archaeological excavation of 27 rock shelters. Importantly, this project documented Pleistocene occupational sequences demonstrating Aboriginal occupation of the Hamersley Range from 41,000 years ago, and possibly as…

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