Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Member Australian Archaeological Association
Jim Wheeler is the Managing Director of Extent Heritage (a merger of two of Australia's leading heritage advisory firms, AHMS and Futurepast Heritage Consulting). Jim is a senior cultural heritage advisor, archaeologist and manager with diverse experience in cultural heritage management, strategic planning, heritage policy, stakeholder consultation, interpretation and heritage assessment projects. He has wide ranging experience on public sector, commercial and academic archaeology projects in Australia and internationally.
Jim has a range of research interests and has published peer reviewed journal articles and presented conference papers on the archaeology of submerged terrestrial sites, non-site landscape archaeology and heritage policy. Jim leads an experienced team of heritage professionals that produces innovative high quality heritage work that provides certainty and value for money for development proponents and aims to set industry benchmarks for excellence.
Jim was a past member of the Aboriginal Affairs Victoria Technical Advisory Group (TAG), he is a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI) and was awarded the 2010 Laila Haglund Prize for Excellence in Consulting Archaeology. Jim is an occasional guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne Master of Heritage Conservation course.
In his current role as Managing Director of Extent Heritage, Jim is responsible for quality assurance and on time delivery of advice, services and deliverables provided to our clients. Jim is overseeing a number of ground-breaking initiatives for the company in cultural values assessment, research partnerships, strategic assessment and new approaches to heritage interpretation and virtual education.
• Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) – Cultural Values Assessment and Interpretation Strategy on behalf of Metropolitan Planning Authority (2016).
• Bathurst Region Aboriginal Heritage Study. Strategic Aboriginal heritage assessment, cultural values mapping, policy development and management planning on behalf of the Bathurst Regional Council (2015).
• Pakenham Street, Fremantle WA, Historical archaeological assessment, test excavations and development of interpretive history, on behalf of Westbridge Property Group (2014).
• Mirvac Projects: Cultural Heritage Management Plan for Clyde East Precinct in the south-east Growth Areas (2013).
• Savage River Mine and Long Plains Exploration Area, NW Tasmania (2012). Aboriginal and historical archaeological assessments and management planning on behalf of Grange Resources.
• Port Phillip Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (PPACH) Stage 1 project. Strategic sensitivity mapping for the entire Port Phillip foreshore, development of strategic management policy, including assessment of the impact of projected sea level rise. Project undertaken on behalf of DSE managed steering committee (2011).
• National Broadband Network (NBN) 2008–2010. Strategic management advice, development of policy and heritage toolkits.
• Queensland to Hunter Gas Pipeline, 2008 – Aboriginal heritage assessment in support of Concept Approval for a Part 3A Major Project on behalf of Manidis Roberts.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS
• Wheeler, J. (1998) Dharawal Rockshelters, Food Plants and an Australian Version of the Rubbish-Heap Hypothesis. Proceedings of the 1998 NASC Conference, Australian National University, Canberra.
• Cosmos Coroneos & Jim Wheeler (2005) Beyond 6000 BP – Investigating Submerged Aboriginal Sites: A Case Study from Southwest Arm, NSW. Australian Archaeology Association 2005 Annual Conference, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle.
• Cosmos Coroneos, David Nutley & Jim Wheeler (2007) Identifying Submerged Rockshelter Sites: Recent Investigations at Southwest Arm, NSW. Australasian Archaeology Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
• Jim Wheeler, Sharon Lane, Paul Irish and Alyssa Gilchrist (2010). Dumbing-Down: The Push Towards Prescription and the Future Direction of Archaeological Consulting. Australian Archaeology Association 2010 Annual Conference, ANU, Batemans Bay, NSW.
• Nutley, D, C. Coroneos and Wheeler, J (2014) Potential submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites in South West Arm, Port Hacking. In Harff, J., Bailey, G. & Luth, F. (eds) Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf. Geological Society of London Special Edition.
• Wheeler, J, A.N Williams, S Kennedy, P.S. Toms and Mitchell, P (2014) A Pleistocene date at Chelsea Heights, Victoria: Evidence for Aboriginal Occupation beneath the Carrum Swamp. In Excavation, Surveys & Heritage Management in Victoria, Volume 3