About Us

Greenwood Consultancy was started in July 2009 by Kate Greenwood. Kate established the business as a cultural heritage, environmental and arts consultancy. Kate has been passionate all her life about social justice and environmental issues.

Kate Greenwood is a Cultural Heritage Consultant and Archaeologist who has been working with Aboriginal people for almost twenty years. Undertaking her first Aboriginal cultural heritage survey with Traditional Custodians on Bribie Island in 2000, Kate found an affinity with survey work and knew she found what she wanted to do. Kate prides herself on being a person who listens to the needs of community. She is approachable, flexible and a hard worker. Kate has a background in cultural heritage and natural resource management, teaching, strategic planning and research.

Kate’s academic qualifications are:

  • Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management (currently completing) 
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Archaeology 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Major in Environment and Planning)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management
  • Certificate IV in Government
  • Diploma of Freelance Photography
  • Environmental traineeship in Agroforestry and revegetation

Kate’s previous roles have included (although are not limited to):

  • Cultural Heritage Manager and Technical Research Assistant (Turnstone Archaeology)
  • HIS210 Explorations in Environmental History, COR109 Communication and Thought Tutor (University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • ENP211, ENP311, ENP411 Guest Lecturer Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Planning (University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • Indigenous Tutoring Assistance Scheme Tutor (University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • Research Assistant (Mimburi Upper Mary Aboriginal Association and University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • Conservation and Land Management Coordinator, Trainer and Assessor (Look Now Training and TAFE QLD)
  • Heritage Project Officer (Sunshine Coast Council)
  • Strategic Planner- Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (Sunshine Coast Council)
  • Development Assessment Student Planner (Maroochy Shire Council)

Kate is currently a member of:

  • Australian Archaeology Association (AAA)- Queensland Representative for AAA
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • Association of Critical Studies
  • Australian Oral History Association
  • Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Reference Board (SCCHRG)
  • Aboriginal Victoria (listed as a Heritage Advisor)

The Greenwood Consultancy office is based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, however, we work all over Australia.

What We Do

Community empowerment is very important to us at Greenwood Consultancy. Projects such as setting up cultural heritage databases and mapping are done in conjunction with community. Training is provided whilst sites are being recorded and documented so that community members can continue to undertake site recording etc. when any outside expertise have left.

Unlike most professionals in the industry, Kate Greenwood learnt most of her skills in the field with Traditional Custodians. Therefore, following Aboriginal protocol is crucial at Greenwood Consultancy. We have worked with Aboriginal people long enough to know that once protocol is broken, trust is broken. Projects run much smoother and have better outcomes for community when protocol is adhered to. Kate has backed up her lived experience and knowledge through attending University and attaining a Bachelor of Arts and Post-Graduate Degrees in Archaeology and Heritage Management.

We are willing to listen to your needs and aspirations and put plans and actions in place to achieve them. We are here to establish fruitful working relationships that will continue to grow. Any initial conversations about projects will include important questions such as what does the community want and need? What ideas does the community have for achieving this? We work with community for the best outcome, as we believe that community usually has the answers instead of coming in with the ideas of what we think is best.

When we undertake any cultural heritage surveys we include other aspects that are not usually recorded but are important to community such as the recording of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (e.g. bush tucker/medicine). We also like to deliver a quality product that will be useful to community. 

Our cultural heritage reports are comprehensive, including layers of information that inform the overall cultural heritage landscape. Cultural heritage mapping and databases can be designed and set-up to suit communities needs. Tools such as community having their own databases and mapping systems can empower Traditional Custodians when making decisions and undertaking negotiations based around land.

Young people and Elders are the lifeblood of the community. In order for them to have access to information that was gained during cultural heritage surveys, we have teamed up with Brett Leavy from Virtual Songlines in order to produce a virtual world of where has been surveyed, so that other community members can enjoy and understand the cultural heritage survey and mapping results.

Kate understands how the land use planning system works and can assist in consultations with proponents around cultural heritage obligations in order to gain fruitful outcomes for community.

Alongside Kate Greenwood, we have a pool of trusted professionals with varying expertise that we collaborate for any large or complex projects with in order to service communities better.

Greenwood Consultancy is all about the best outcomes for community and will strive to achieve this with all projects.

Who do we work with?

  • Traditional Custodians
  • Local, State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Land Holders
  • Private Industry
  • Environmental and community not-for-profit groups
  • Historical Groups
  • Individuals

Please note, on Aboriginal cultural heritage sites or projects, we will not undertake work or surveys without the Traditional Custodians permission and involvement.


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