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Brown Bag lunch presentation


9 May 2019

Please join us for the following Brown Bag lunch presentations to be held at 12:00pm at the SRC (IC1.49A).

HDR student, Kate Greenwood will give a talk on 9 May entitled ‘Triggering Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments in Property Development in SEQ: the need for a proactive, not reactive process’.



Currently, the state of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (ACH) in South East Queensland (SEQ) is a mystery. In terms of development, SEQ is one of the largest growth areas in the whole of Australia. However, whether ACH in SEQ is adequately protected, or not, has not really been on the land-use planning agenda. In advancing the purposes of the act, the Planning Act (QLD) 2016 includes a statement about ‘…valuing, protecting and promoting places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and tradition’. However, ACH is not mentioned again throughout the legislation. The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act (QLD) 2003 (ACH Act) has not been rolled into the Planning Act (QLD) 2016, resulting in ACH sites not being assessed as part of the development assessment process. The ACH Act is triggered when the ground is disturbed and not in the planning stages. This makes the ACH Act very reactive, not proactive, in its management. The Cultural Heritage State Planning Policy 2017 discusses ways to appropriately integrate the policy by undertaking ‘…consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, early in the plan-making process’;

‘ensuring strategic framework recognises and conserves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage’; including a schedule or overlay map and ‘…planning scheme provisions aimed at avoiding adverse impacts on areas or objects with cultural heritage significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups’ (DILGP 2017:6). However, currently no planning schemes in SEQ appropriately integrate the policy. This has all resulted in drastic negative ramifications for SEQ ACH sites, Traditional Owners’ rights of agency and inclusion in decision-making processes on their lands and intergenerational justice for future generations. Is there a way forward?


Kate Greenwood is a Cultural Heritage Consultant and Archaeologist who has been working with Traditional Owners for just shy of twenty years. Kate has a background in cultural heritage and natural resource management, strategic planning and research. Kate's post-graduate qualifications in archaeology and heritage management are coupled with extensive field experience with Traditional Owners in SEQ. Kate is the current Queensland Representative for the Australian Archaeology Association and is also undertaking a Master of Arts by research student at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Diletta Luna from Griffith University will give a presentation on 21 May entitled 'Environmental Activism and New Media: an Australian perspective.' Her paper examines the environmental movement in general and in Australia and its interaction with the media. It then applies a framework to two case studies exploring fracking and tree logging.


Diletta is a Research Fellow at the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Brisbane, for Prof. R. Hindmarsh on a project supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The project investigates participatory issues and weaknesses of the public inquiry system in Australia in relation to controversial technological development projects (including unconventional gas mining, nuclear, and wind farm industries).

Diletta recently completed her doctorate at Griffith University with a research project on the potential of new media to enhance environmental activism in Australia. Her research interests lie in the broad area of the environmental social sciences, with a focus on the intersection of media studies, environmental politics and policy, social movement theory, new media studies, and STS studies. She developed her interest for interdisciplinary social science research through her Masters in Law and Economics, completed at LUISS University, Rome, and her Bachelors in Political Science, completed at Bologna University, Italy.

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