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Scenic Spectrums Pty Ltd

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Dennis Williamson
Phone: 03 9803 6344; 0418 331 322
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Torres Strait, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
  • Principles of cultural heritage management (Burra Charter basics)
  • Management planning - process & key steps
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Identifying management issues
  • Recording oral history
  • Mapping skills and techniques


  • Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
  • Apply cultural significance to Aboriginal-sites and landscapes
  • Prepare specialised interpretive content on cultural and heritage environments
  • Develop conservation strategies for cultural resources
  • Develop management plans for designated areas
  • Refer to areas listed under experience below.


Mr Williamson is a non-Indigenous trainer experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


Mr Williamson's relevant qualifications and experience:

Training experience

Dennis Williamson has been involved in shared learning and training workshops and consultative meetings with Indigenous people located in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australian and minority nationality (Indigenous) people in P. R. China since the late 1980s. This has involved working with a range of Indigenous communities in Australia.

In addition, Dennis met and worked with Indigenous people in China while working on the South China Karst World Heritage Area during 2007. Only a small part of this involved formal lectures or training, however the two-way knowledge transfer led to excellent results in all cases, with Indigenous people being empowered and facilitated in their ability to assess, map, analyse, interpret, share, protect, develop and manage their cultural heritage, often within the context of protected areas. In a number of cases, this work has identified the potential for Indigenous cultural tourism products or enterprises and capability building in the areas of tourism, interpretation and land/tourism management.

Through Scenic Spectrums Pty Ltd's division Geoscene International, the Kokoda Track Region Heritage Interpretation Scoping Study was prepared for and delivered to the Kokoda Initiative via the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) during 2012 and early 2013. During this time, Dennis led the project and conducted heritage interpretation workshops for Papua New Guinea Government and Australian Government partners, as well representatives of local villages of the Koiari and Orokavio cultural groups.

Dennis respects and works well with Indigenous people. He would like to create better opportunities to pass on knowledge and skills to Indigenous people, and is able to develop specialised topics in his area of expertise.

Recent experience

Scenic Spectrums Pty Ltd has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at June 2013).

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