Urban Colours' Managing Director Annette Xiberras, has been working in the field of Aboriginal cultural heritage for more than 25 years when she was, , part of the first group of cultural heritage officers employed by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria in 1988. Annette has held the Victorian Aboriginal community -elected chair of the Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group for the past 6 years. Her long career in cultural heritage has seen her gain numerous formal qualifications in Cultural Heritage Management, and has allowed her to work with some of Australia's leading archaeological experts.
As a Wurundjeri Elder and a former cultural heritage staff member with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, she has unique connections with both government and Aboriginal communities. She combines this with real-world business and commercial experience. Annette's expertise in Aboriginal cultural heritage is reflected in the honorary positions she holds;
• Co-chair, Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group
• Chair, City of Melbourne Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee
• Chair, City of Yarra Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee
• Committee Member for the Department of Sustainability and Environment State Round Table
• Committee Member, Zoos Victoria
• Committee Member for the National Trust
• Member of Wurundjeri Tribe Committee of Management
• Board of Directors for Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative.
Annette has also published widely including contributing to a monograph for the Australian Archaeological Association and also for the James Cook 1 Monograph.
Staci is Urban Colours' Project Archaeologist and GIS Specialist. She has 10 years of mapping experience, working in both the private and public sectors. Staci is an expert in a range of GIS and Spatial Analysis facets, such as mobile technologies, desktop analysis and remote sensing.
Along with the ESRI suite of GIS software, Staci is also proficient in the use of Trimble products, MapInfo, Manifold and Quantum GIS. She has worked on large, complex mapping projects from government agencies, such as the Growth Areas Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Vic Roads and Melbourne Water.
Whilst GIS and mapping is her primary focus, Staci also has a strong background in ecological and archaeological consulting, with a good understanding of relevant legislation and requirements for submission under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, Victoria's Native Vegetation Framework and the EPBC Act.
Fleur is Urban Colours' Quality Assurance Manager and has been with the company for the past eight years. Fleur has 12 years experience in law and editing and also has a strong background in education. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Grad. Dip. Sec. Ed. Victoria University. Fleur is an Accredited Editor of the Institute of Professional Editors Limited and a member of Editors Victoria.
As experienced and accredited editor, Fleur’s role has expanded to include oversight of Urban Colours' policies and systems documentation, as well as compliance with relevant quality standards. She coordinates a team of editors whose role is to ensure that every Urban Colours report meets both the required legislative standard as well as the company's own rigorous standards. She has worked on more than 50 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plans. Test Font
Bradley is a Senior Archaeologist and Heritage Advisor at Urban Colours with over eight years of experience in Australian archaeology. Bradley has worked in a variety of roles over numerous cultural heritage and academic projects in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Bradley has also participated in international prehistoric excavations in central Cyprus.
Bradley has a diverse understanding of cultural values and maintains a high level of cultural sensitivity and ethical conduct whilst building professional relationships with Traditional Owner communities. Bradley has a very good understanding of both Aboriginal and historic heritage legislation, particularly in Victoria and NSW. As a heritage advisor, Bradley has provided expert advice on all cultural heritage matters and have been responsible for the preparation of high quality cultural heritage management plans, historic heritage assessments, cultural heritage due diligence assessments as well as detailed archaeological salvage reports for both Aboriginal and historical places. Bradley’s expertise in cultural resource management in Australia enables him to apply finely tailored and creative approaches to project management. Furthermore, he has been committed to providing best practice project management for the completion of a number of large cultural heritage projects involving multiple resources, tight timeframes and comprehensive budgets. Through extensive project management, Bradley has also gained experience in marketing, proposal preparation, networking, community engagement and consultation with stakeholders including large industrial and residential developers as well as local government, government bodies (Aboriginal Victoria and Heritage Victoria), Traditional Owner groups, Museum Victoria and historic societies. Bradley’s formal training includes the identification of Aboriginal cultural heritage through survey and subsurface testing, conducting background research, artefact cataloguing, analysis and interpretation and geoarchaeological interpretation. His formal qualifications include:
Bachelor of Archaeology, La Trobe University, Vic (2010); and
Masters of Archaeological Science, Australian National University (ANU) (2013).
Urban Colours' Senior Heritage Advisor and Project Manager David Wines has worked since 1995 as both a consultant and academic archaeologist in Australia and abroad. He has extensive fieldwork experience in all aspects of archaeological survey and excavation.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons) in Archaeology and is a former PhD candidate at La Trobe University. He has taught University courses on introductory archaeology as well as specialist subjects in faunal analysis, bone identification and Prehistoric archaeology. He has been actively involved in a diverse array of cultural heritage projects, both prehistoric and historic in nature, located in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, as well undertaking extensive fieldwork and research in Papua New Guinea and Kenya. He has presented numerous papers on various aspects of his research both in Australia and abroad.
His wide experience includes surveys and excavations for major infrastructure projects such as windfarms, pipelines, road realignments, land sub-divisions as well as post-bushfire heritage management surveys. He has participated in the preparation of numerous survey and excavation reports and Cultural Heritage Management Plans for a wide range of clients.