Current projects

Urban Colours' staff are currently engaged in a number of projects across Australia including undertaking a broad-scale historical heritage assessment of water towers throughout north central Victoria, archaeological survey assessments on behalf of our clients throughout the Galilee Basin, Queensland as well as a large cultural heritage assessment of a proposed mining lease in the Upper Hunter River region.  

Stockland National cultural heritage assessment for 63  Retirement Village sites 2014

Urban Colours have been engaged by Stockland to undertake a national cultural heritage assessment for 63 retirement village sites across the ACT, W.A, S.A, NSW, VIC and QLD. Urban colours will provide Stockland with detailed information on cultural heritage assets at a regional level for all 63 village sites and where appropriate liaise between Aboriginal coimmunities / Native Title Groups / Traditional Owners on how best to represent local Aboriginal values through art and design at each retirement village.

 

The project is being undertaken in conjunction with Stockland's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which seeks to support Aboriginal-owned organisations through direct procurement to assist with the delivery of a range of projects. 

 

urban Colours is excited to be involved in the project which is broad-scaled and at a National level. We are developing strong relationships with Aboriginal community groups / Traditional Owner groups who are committed to working with an Aboriginal-owned and operated organisation. 

 

 

Apha Airport Upgrade, Cultural Heritage Assessment, Alpha, Queensland 2014

Queensland's Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) is working to determine the range of infrastructure requirements to allow for proposed coal mines within Queensland's Galilee Basin. The proposed mines in the southern Galilee Basin are in proximity to some existing infrastructure including the Alpha Aerodrome.

 

The outcomes of the project will be used to determine a financial/funding model to assist BRC to progress negotiations with mining proponents regarding possible use agreements for Alpha Aerodrome.

 

Urban Colours has been commissioned to undertake a cultural heritage assessment of the Aerodrome to determine potential impacts resultant from construction-related activities under a 'Duty of Care' pertaining to the Queensland Heritage Act 2003. 

 

Urban Colours has a National reach and is capable of leading projects that require cultural heritage clearance across all States and Territories in Australia. 

 

 

VicRoads Dingley Bypass CHMP, 2009.

Urban Colours' staff have developed their project management skills by directing and delivering on large, complex cultural heritage projects including those associated with mining sites (Boral, Xstrata, Barro Group) PSP- level residential subdivisions and Logical Inclusions (Beveridge Williams, MAB Corp, VicUrban), wind farms (Origin Energy), major road (VicRoads), water infrastructure (Melbourne Water, City West Water, Wannon Water, NVIRP), emergency services facilities (CFA), and various National Park Master Plan (Parks Victoria, DSE), projects. Our varied client base includes both government and industry clients, principally in the property, water and roads industries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Colours prepared a complex CHMP for Beveridge Williams for a 1250-Lot residential subdivision at Officer, Victoria.

 

A number of sensitive landforms were identified within the activity area which was dissected by Gum Scrub Creek. The excavation methodology focused on subtle raised landforms evident from feature level survey plans adjacent to Gum Scrub Creek and a broader archaeological excavation program across the surrounding low-lying hills. 

 

Three previously unregistered Aboriginal cultural heritage places were identified along Gum Scrub Creek and all three places were able to be protected by redesigning the Master Plan to incorporate them into open passive space. 

Urban Colours was commssioned by Melbourne Water to undertake a complex CHMP for the redevelopment of Toorourrung Reservoir approximately 10 km north east of Whittlesea. Melbourne Water proposed to construct a new outlet drain to Yan Yean Reservoir, a car park, recreational facilities and walking tracks.

 

Urban Colours developed an excavation methdology consisting of hand excavated test pits as well as shovel test pits in order to test the activity area for Aboriginal cultural heritage material.

 

The activity area was considered sensitive for Aboriginal cultural heritage places due to the close proximity of the Plenty River. A number of previously unregistered archaeological sites were identified. The CHMP was delivered to Melbourne Water prior to deadline and approved by the RAP without revision within the statutory 30 day timeframe.  

 
Toorourrung Reservoir Redevelopment CHMP, 2013.

Completed projects

Following delivery of the  Yarra Glen Truck Bypass CHMP  Urban Colours' was commissioned to undertake the CHMP for the Dingley Bypass spanning 8.8km of carriageway dissecting the suburbs of Heatherton, Springvale South and Keysborough in Melbourne's outer south-east. 

 

Urban Colours developed a methdology consisting of shovel test pitting areas of low archaeological potential (areas of disturbance such as road reserves) while undertaken controlled hand excavation across the more senstive areas such as upstanding sand bodies, which were particularly evident throughout the Keysborough region. 

 

The Urban Colours team consisted of three cultural heritage advisors and two archaeological assistants and was project managed by principal archaeologist John Stevens. The CHMP was developed with a series of recommendations for archaeological salvage across a number of upstanding sand bodies throughout the activity area. 

Staffset Officer, Residential Subdivision CHMP, 2012.