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AHS protects Aboriginal Cultural Heritage across renewable energy sector


As the renewable energy sector continues to grow, one thing many people don’t realise is the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage work that is required prior to commencing large-scale renewable projects.

We have been involved with the development of the Dulacca Wind Farm since 2018, located between the communities of Dulacca and Drillham in Queensland’s Western Downs region, as a key technical advisor. 

The Dulacca Wind Farm is being produced by the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, RES, and is expected to be completed by Q3 of this year. 

Before large-scale renewable projects like the Dulacca Wind Farm can be established, proponents must ensure their projects don’t have an adverse effect on cultural heritage.  

That’s where we come in at AHS, with the skills, frameworks and close working relationships with Traditional Owners to ensure asset owners are fulfilling their cultural heritage and native title obligations for the life of the project.  

On-the-ground Support

Throughout this project we have been heavily involved in complex consultation and negotiations with the Aboriginal Party, the Barunggam People, while assisting RES with a Cultural Heritage Management Plan. 

Our on-the-ground presence has allowed us work directly with the client and Traditional Owners, providing robust and proactive cultural heritage advice and an ability to quickly and efficiency address issues as they arise. 

Management outcomes include continuous consultation with the Barunggam People, assistance to the Traditional Owners with their cultural heritage survey, monitoring programs, salvage programs for surface artefacts identified during the survey, and a targeted program for test pitting areas of particular interest to the Aboriginal Party. 

As Australia pursues its ambitious target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030, and net-zero by 2050, this project is set to contribute significantly by generating enough electricity to power 124,000 homes. Best of all, renewable projects like this one don’t emit carbon dioxide, airborne particulates or other greenhouse gas emissions during operation. 

Australian Heritage Specialists (AHS) is proud to be operating at the forefront of the renewable energy transition, with a record number of renewable energy projects undertaken and more to come in 2023! 

This is an example of our ongoing commitment to renewable energy sector projects — as we move towards a cleaner, greener future here in Australia. 

A quintessentially Australia view from one of our work vehicles, with the Dulacca wind farm turbines in the distance.


Contact us 

To discover how we may be able to assist on your next project, contact us today here or phone (07) 3221 0000. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn. 


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The Challenge

Throughout this project we have been heavily involved in complex consultation and negotiations with the Aboriginal Party, the Barunggam People, while assisting RES with a Cultural Heritage Management Plan. 

Our on-the-ground presence has allowed us work directly with the client and Traditional Owners, providing robust and proactive cultural heritage advice and an ability to quickly and efficiency address issues as they arise. 

Management outcomes include continuous consultation with the Barunggam People, assistance to the Traditional Owners with their cultural heritage survey, monitoring programs, salvage programs for surface artefacts identified during the survey, and a targeted program for test pitting areas of particular interest to the Aboriginal Party. 

As Australia pursues its ambitious target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030, and net-zero by 2050, this project is set to contribute significantly by generating enough electricity to power 124,000 homes. Best of all, renewable projects like this one don’t emit carbon dioxide, airborne particulates or other greenhouse gas emissions during operation. 

Australian Heritage Specialists (AHS) is proud to be operating at the forefront of the renewable energy transition, with a record number of renewable energy projects undertaken and more to come in 2023! 

This is an example of our ongoing commitment to renewable energy sector projects — as we move towards a cleaner, greener future here in Australia. 



How we helped

To discover how we may be able to assist on your next project, contact us today here or phone (07) 3221 0000. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn. 

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AHS ensures cultural preservation of the Mt Coot-tha Kiosk and Lookout, unearthing a rich history at one of Brisbane’s premiere vantage points

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