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Arrow Heritage Solutions is a cultural heritage specialist whose purpose is to help organisations navigate legislation and comply with their Aboriginal cultural heritage legal obligations and social responsibilities.

Through a collaborative approach, we tailor holistic and sustainable approaches to cultural heritage management while balancing reform-driven change, the requirements of Traditional Owners and the commercial needs of your organisation.

We deliver results through our highly-skilled practitioners with years of experience across all facets of cultural heritage management.

We bring an in-depth knowledge of best practice Aboriginal cultural heritage management through decades of heritage planning and implementation across WA, NSW and QLD.

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Director & Archaeologist

Joel Deacon

Joel is the lead archaeologist at Arrow Heritage Solutions and brings in-depth expertise across archaeology, heritage strategy planning and community relations.

He holds professional archaeological education, an immense knowledge-base from many years of field work and community consultation, and an ability to dig deep to bring together beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

Joel brings two decades of experience in cultural heritage and a range of solutions to help clients attain compliance, provide timely and authorised access to land and meet their social responsibilities.

He has worked extensively with Aboriginal communities to deliver outcomes that balance customer needs with traditional landowner expectations while being legislatively robust.

As an independent consultant, Joel has walked in the proponent’s shoes, having had a lengthy career with major mining companies on both sides of the country.

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“Our team are specialists in all facets of heritage management and legislative compliance. We aim to keep your projects on track and in balance with the requirements of Traditional Owners and regulatory requirements. By working with all stakeholders we can help you embed robust heritage systems, processes and procedures into your organisation, with the emphasis on straightforward implementation.”

Joel Deacon - Director, Arrow Heritage Solutions

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Joel has worked with the Hunter Valley Aboriginal community for over 15 years and has built strong relationships with Traditional owners based on respect, empathy and collaboration. In the archaeological and heritage projects I have been involved in with him, meaningful TO participation has been key, and he has always strived to find results that can work for all stakeholders. When I work with Joel I have confidence that my knowledge and concerns will be incorporated into the assessment process and used to develop the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal heritage.

Allen Paget
Wonnarua Elder & Chairman
Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, Singleton NSW

“Arrow Heritage has been supporting our Approvals, Land and Heritage team at NSW Energy Coal for a number of years now with ongoing provision of regulatory and compliance advice, as well as supervision of field activities for a number of cultural heritage projects and programs. Arrow Heritage’s in depth understanding and working knowledge of regulatory processes and importantly, the practical application of the legislation and community consultation guidelines, has been extremely helpful in meeting our regulatory obligations and Indigenous stakeholder expectations. Arrow Heritage upholds the care and respectfulness we expect when working with our Traditional Owners and Indigenous stakeholders, this has been a key driver in the success of the projects that Arrow Heritage has assisted us with. Arrow Heritage really understands our business needs and works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the best possible outcomes for our business and our indigenous stakeholders and Traditional Owners.”

Sarah Bailey
Manager Approvals, Land, Access and Heritage (NSW Energy Coal)