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I recognise the resilience of First Nations People and their deep and enduring connection to the land and waters of Australia. I pay my respects to First Nations Elders, past present and emerging. I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live, the Yirrgayndji and Gimuy Yidinji people of the Djabugay and Yidinji Nations.

Dr. Alice Buhrich is a well respected, and highly sought after freelance cultural heritage consultant in Far North Queensland with significant experience providing cultural heritage expertise for infrastructure, mineral development and community projects in Cape York Peninsula, the Gulf Savannah and the Wet Tropics. 

David Rivett, FPIA CPP RPEQ

Principal, Environment North

"Alice has worked with me for many years on cultural heritage assessments in FNQ for the DTMR, semi-government authorities, and private clients. Her work has ranged from formal Cultural Heritage Risk Assessments and assessment of options for link studies and transport strategies, to detailed designs of roadworks and bridges, to constraints analysis and impact assessments of dredge spoil disposal sites.

I have found Alice to have a special blend of academic rigour and a practical approach and her work is always fit for purpose. I know that she enjoys good relations with cultural heritage staff at DTMR and with Aboriginal Parties that she works with. Her deliverables are always on time and on budget."

Scope of Work


With over 20 years experience working across Far North Queensland I can provide formal, evidence-based impact assessments for infrastructure, mineral and development projects.


Two decades of partnering with community and private industry means I am able to deliver cultural heritage training that adds value to individuals and projects, overall.


I can facilitate the community-based management process from stakeholder participation in planning through to project implementation. 


My approach to consultancy is based on 20 years of experience and a philosophy of partnership and working collaboratively to achieve goals. 

About Dr. Alice Buhrich

Freelance Cultural Heritage Consultant

I love working with people to understand and meet their aspirations for heritage projects on Country and am open to more collaborations with First Nation groups, RNTBs and Indigenous Rangers.

I have been privileged to work on cultural heritage recording and management projects in the Cape York Peninsula, Gulf Savannah and Wet Tropics regions of Far North Queensland and to utilise my skills to assist Traditional Owners in cultural mapping and management of cultural assets on country and conduct commercial cultural heritage assessments for development projects.

My expertise has been gained over two decades of cultural heritage work as consultant archaeologist, administering cultural heritage legislation for the Queensland government and teaching archaeology and cultural heritage subjects at James Cook University and TNQ TAFE.

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Recent projects include:

  • Cultural heritage assessments of alternative energy proposals including the Kidston solar project and Mount Emerald Wind Farm.
  • Understanding the values and management issues of Wet Tropics rock art and dendroglyphs.
  • Providing advice on mitigating impacts to cultural heritage for linear infrastructure projects such as roads and transmission lines. Clients include Queensland Transport and Main Roads, Powerlink, Ports North and Ergon Energy.
  • Surveys of mineral exploration tenements in collaboration with Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation.
  • High level technical advice for protecting cultural assets on national parks in far North Queensland.
Sharon Prior

General Manager

Ewamian Limited

“Ewamian People have worked with Alice Buhrich now for over 10 years. Her expertise, dedication and passion for the field of archaeology has been very instrumental in our success through her research and assistance in developing and maintaining our cultural heritage database and research into Ewamian Peoples’ history on country.  

Alice’s passion and willingness to share her knowledge have involved her working with the Ewamian community on many cultural collaborations on country, Ewamian rangers projects and other Ewamian stakeholders such as QPWS and project developers, and the Talaroo Hot Springs tourism business. 

Ewamian look forward to working with Alice in the future on many more exciting projects”