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Master of Letters (by thesis) (Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology) University of New England

Bachelor of Arts (Australian Prehistory and Archaeology) University of New England

Certificate IV Training and Assessments

Lead Auditor Environmental and Quality Management Systems (RABQSA)

Specialty Areas

Aboriginal Consultation Process

Cultural Heritage Auditing

Aboriginal and Historic Components for EIS

Predictive Modelling

Test and Salvage Excavation

Project Direction

Peer Review

Aboriginal and Historic Heritage Management Plans

Cultural Heritage Awareness Training

Defence Projects

Vanessa Edmonds

Principal (Sydney)

Vanessa has over 35 years’ experience in the consulting and governments sectors of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage assessment and management for a wide range of projects nationally and in the Pacific. This requires a comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous and non-Indigenous State heritage legislation and regulations as well as Commonwealth heritage legislation and relevant guidelines for producing compliance reports. In recognition of her experience she is a Full Member of Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI) and is on the Membership Committee of AACAI providing peer review for application to both associate and full membership of this industry association.

Prior to joining Everick Heritage in 2019, Vanessa was Principal at Artefact Heritage for 18 months. Between 2006 and 2017, Vanessa was Principal and Technical Director - Archaeology & Cultural Heritage at Jacobs (Australia) Engineering Group (previously Sinclair Knight Merz) and prior to that directed her own heritage consulting business across Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Queensland. Vanessa has Environmental auditing qualifications and has undertaken cultural heritage audits for the Department of Transport (Victoria) and Rio Tinto Hunter Valley Coal Mines.

Vanessa has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessments and has prepared numerous cultural heritage awareness training programs for a variety of companies and provided on site cultural heritage awareness training and presentations for government agencies, Aboriginal communities and private developers. Vanessa has also prepared Aboriginal and historical heritage management subplans for Roads and Maritime projects for both Lendlease and Acciona as well a s a number of other companies in South Australia, Victoria , NSW and the Northern Territory.

Selected Project Experience 

  • Murray River, NSW and Vic – Roads and Maritime Services Abbotsford Bridge Minor Works: Statement of Heritage Impact (SoHI) and Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) (2019 - current).

  • Parramatta West, NSW – Parramatta West Public School EIS (subcontractor to Conrad Gargett): preparation of the historical archaeological assessment, Aboriginal archaeological survey report and Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report (2019 - current).

  • Dareton, NSW – Roads and Maritime Service Howard Clay Drain: excavation under AHIP of Red Hill Shell Midden (2019 - current).

  • Parramatta, NSW– Parramatta Park Trust Old Kings Oval Sportsfield: project director for the SoHI, ACHAR and test excavations in the State heritage listed and World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park.

  • Badgerys Creek, Sydney, NSW - Element CSR Quarry and Brickmaking Facility EIS: project directed and managed the Aboriginal heritage process (survey, test excavation and salvage) for this Part 3A project-the last in NSW (2018).

  • Bayside, NSW– Roads and Maritime Services, ARTC) Sydney Gateway Road EIS and Rail EIS: directed all historical and Aboriginal assessments for the EIS, provided advice to ARTC regarding the rail component, prepared a test excavation methodology for contaminated Commonwealth land adjacent to Alexandra Canal for potentially deep archaeological deposits.

  • West Wyalong, NSW – Urbis West Wyalong Solar Farm EIS: project directed historical archaeological assessment, Aboriginal archaeological survey report and Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report and organised the Aboriginal consultation process.

  • Sydney CBD, NSW - Richard Crookes and Associates Quay Quarter Archaeological Program: assisted in the preparation of the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report for this project and provided advice regarding the discovery of Aboriginal cultural heritage as well as monitoring of historical finds associated with this development (2018).

  • Nowra, NSW – SMEC Nowra Bridge Project: directed and managed the Aboriginal archaeological survey and reporting and the SoHI, supervised test excavations along the proposed new bridge alignment including excavation of a rockshelter under the AHIP process (2017 - 2018).

  • Melbourne, Vic – Moving Rail Victoria Melbourne Metro Rail Project: technical lead and heritage advisor (2106-2017).

  • Cox Peninsula, NT - Department of Finance Cox Peninsula Remediation Project: lead archaeologist, Aboriginal and historic assessments, preparations of a self-assessment against the EPBC Act criteria, historical monitoring, excavation and reporting of Commonwealth listed Point Charles Lighthouse, preparation of Aboriginal heritage management plans (2016 - 2017).

  • Eyre peninsula, SA - Reach Solar Pty Bungala Solar Project: project director, provided advice and review of all aspects of this Aboriginal heritage assessment for a solar project in South Australia and prepared the Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan for this project (2016 - 2017).

  • Eyre Peninsula, SA – Department of Defence Cultana Expansion Area: review of the Indigenous Heritage Management Plan and the Cultural Awareness Training Program for the Cultana Training Area, organised resourcing and review for the HIA and PAR and met with the Defence team in Canberra to discuss recommendations arising from the HIA and resolutions around the Defence heritage significance guidelines (2014 - 2015).

  • Tasmania - Roaring 40s Musselroe Windfarm: practice leader, supervised survey and excavation for wind turbines, led Aboriginal consultation process and government agency consultation.

  • Northwest Queensland - DTMR Transport Network Reconstruction Project (TNRP): cultural heritage manager, overseeing the TMR’s TNRP Cultural Heritage Process for roads and gravel pits in the Central West, North West and Far North Regions particularly with regard to Indigenous consultation, the development of the cultural heritage process and cultural heritage auditing.