Harbinger Consultants

Culture + Complexity + Change

PROJECTS | Culture, Place & Enterprise

We’re very pleased to report that work is now underway on several significant projects and initiatives that enhance cultural, place and enterprise opportunities in the community. John is thrilled to be working in an editorial capacity with the Aboriginal Business Magazine (ABM), an initiative of Neil Willmett. This is the first and only magazine in Australia dedicated to educating and informing Indigenous business owners. The first issue is due for launch later this year. John is also facilitating a workshop with the Wynnum and Surrounds Urban Participation Reference Group for the Department of Communities. The workshop is exploring place-based priorities for ‘Closing the Gap’ through the Learning Earning Active Places program. John is playing an advisory role with the Murri Alliance Professional, a community, employment and enterprise development agency, in capacity building and projects for Aboriginal communities throughout Queensland.

We are also moving into the next phase of feasibility study for a cultural heritage facility for Blackall-Tambo Regional Council in Central West Queensland. We are working with architect Jason Haigh of Cloud-Dwellers and the community to refine the concept and vision and develop detailed plans. Since completing the pre-feasibility study, excitement about this venture and the opportunity it presents for the community – from a regional development perspective – has grown.

Our public art planning and implementation work with the Urban Land Development Authority and Translink continues with innovative and engaging ideas for placemaking. Recently, John was also approached by the Iranian community of Queensland to work with them to develop a public art concept celebrating cultural values and heritage. Linda’s work continues as part of a team producing Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments in New South Wales. As well, her tutoring role with QUT’s School of Design in Placemaking in Architecture has drawn to a close with the end of semester – she has hopes of resuming next year. Later today she is participating in a practitioner-based panel discussion about community engagement at Griffith University, where she will talk about our recent report on SEQ Attitudes to Community Consultation and Engagement.


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