Harbinger Consultants

Culture + Complexity + Change

UPDATE | Doing, thinking, sharing, learning

Work on our projects has been humming along. Notably, we’ve just returned from a consultation and site visit in Tambo where we are undertaking a pre-feasibility study on a cultural heritage project. This project is equally about the town’s past and its future – engaging the past to create the future. As the oldest town in the central west, Tambo is the location of many firsts – first school, bank and post office – as well as the site of significant natural, Indigenous and pastoral heritage. We also found out that the environmental conditions in Tambo are perfect for rose growing with roses abundant in parks and gardens. We thank the community of Tambo for their gracious hospitality, generous ideas and participation in consultations.

John will be facilitating an upcoming workshop with nominated cultural leaders for Arts Northern Rivers to establish the terms of reference for the Indigenous Cultural Advisory Committee. This initiative will facilitate the base of a sustainable partnership in the region. Arts Northern Rivers delivers an Indigenous Arts Development Project (IADP) that aims to work in partnership with local Indigenous artists and organisations to build the capacity within this sector to better compete both artistically and commercially.

As a mentor in the QUT Career Mentor Scheme, John has been partnered with a final year Creative Industries student. The mentoring partnership should take off in earnest soon and we hope to introduce John’s mentoree via this blog.

Linda has been invited to participate in a book project by Maria Miranda. Based on Maria’s work on Uncertain Practices Unsitely Aesthetics, the book focuses on a particular body of artworks and artist’s practices that play across sites, both the internet and actual sites and which she refers to as ‘uncertain practices’. Maria has invited artists and writers interested in these practices to contribute to the book by having a conversation. Linda and artist Hugh Davies will be conducting a conversation via a closed group on facebook.

Linda has also been accepted into the Design Action, Leadership and the Future HotHouse, which will be led by Professor Tony Fry, Design Futures at Queensland College of Art. The hothouse will be a melting pot of divergent thinkers, committed to ‘sustainment’ across all disciplines.  The resulting drive for change will extend well beyond the hothouse itself, as participants form a global community of industry leaders, sharing and promoting viable alternatives to the unsustainable methodologies dominant in current education, policy and practice.

As part of our commitment to social sustainability, Harbinger will also be attending the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Big ‘Design’ Day Out industry luncheon on Monday 23 May. This event will introduce design standards emerging from the Green Star – Communities rating tool and promote understanding of the key national and state-based initiatives that integrate with the tool to promote best-practice planning and urban design outcomes for our cities. Keynote speakers Sara Stace and Tim Horton will discuss the future of integrated design in our major cities, and the emerging concepts behind the National Urban Policy and the Australian Urban Design Protocol.


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