Senior Management

Oona Nicolson

Director
Principal Heritage Advisor

Oona Nicolson is a Director at Ecology and Heritage Partners. She is a heritage specialist with over 20 years of experience in the consulting sector, working predominantly in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Oona directs all cultural heritage operations nationally.

Her knowledge of various industries is broad and includes: property development (greenfield and inner urban), infrastructure projects (road, rail and pipelines), mining and quarrying and structure planning at both micro and macro scale.  Oona is regularly asked to present and facilitate at various forums in the different industry sectors.

Oona’s skills include large scale project management, peer reviews, due diligence assessments, archaeological survey and excavation for both Aboriginal and historical sites. She works with many Aboriginal communities across Australia in regard to heritage management.

Oona regularly appears before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), and other courts and independent panels as an expert witness in the areas of Aboriginal and historical heritage.

Her memberships include:
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  • Victorian Heritage Council archaeology member (alternate)
  • Victorian​​​ Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) board member and Fellow
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors member
  • Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (AACAI) member and former National President
  • Professional Environmental Women's Association (PEWA) committee member
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) appointed member of the Victorian Infrastructure and Urbanisation Committee
  • UDIA EnviroDevelopment Professional accreditation (accredited August 2012)
  • South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) heritage member
  • Minerals Council of Australia, Legislative Reform Committee member
  • Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) member
  • Banksia Foundation, judge of annual Banksia Sustainability Awards: Indigenous and Caring for Country (2008-2016).

Oona has also spent the last few years representing the archaeological industry on the Advisory Committee for the Review of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

She has established a good working relationship with Flinders University as an Industry Partner in relation to their Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Archaeology.

A leader in the industry, her skills include:

  • Project management, peer reviews, due diligence assessments
  • Archaeological survey, subsurface testing and salvage excavation
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal site identification
  • Policy development for private enterprise
  • Development of recommendations to mitigate the impact of development upon Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal historical heritage and stakeholder consultation
Should you require assistance on any projects please contact Oona on 0428 725 089 or email onicolson@ehpartners.com.au.
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