Supporting Traditional Owner self-determination


RMCG acknowledges and respects Traditional Owners as the custodians of Australia’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices.

As an environmental and agricultural consultancy, we have much to learn from Traditional culture and practice. We see that the land is upside-down. Our works tells us the lifeblood of the Country is being stretched. Sustainable resource use is a necessity, not a choice.

We have been privileged to work alongside Traditional Owner groups in this common goal. We have supported the development of a new Investment Strategy and Business Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. We are working with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council to revitalise the Wail Nursery to provide income, opportunities and skills for Traditional Owners. We have facilitated trainings for the Barapa Barapa Water for Country Steering Committee to connect members and build on the success of their work. And we have worked to center the voices and experience of first nations people in Mansfield’s Environment Strategy and the forthcoming State Forest Strategy for Victoria.

At RMCG, we understand our privilege affords us opportunities to work on and speak about issues that deeply affect Traditional Owners. Aboriginal law and spirituality are intertwined with the land, the people and creation, and this forms their culture and sovereignty. We are committed to continuing to create space for first nation people as custodians, land managers and owners.

At times this means referring jobs to an Aboriginal person or business. At times this means stepping back, so others can step forward. But at times it means working in partnership. Listening. Embodying respect. Acknowledging our privilege. And, where we can, bringing our expertise to protect and promote sustainable development in all of its forms.

Please contact David Hale on 0428 135 324‬ or for further information.


Jamie Rooney

Jamie Rooney

Senior Consultant

M.A. (Archaeology & History)(Hons)

Jamie is a consultant in our community and strategy work area. He has been actively involved in the research and management of archaeological and Aboriginal cultural heritage projects throughout Australia and Europe since 2015. He specialises in the management of complex cultural heritage projects and has extensive experience of cultural heritage management in the resources, urban development, and infrastructure sectors across Victoria; and the development of mining infrastructure and Indigenous community consultation in remote areas of Cape York, Queensland. 

During his time working in Australian archaeology, he has developed strong working relationships with a number of Registered Aboriginal Parties, Traditional Owner groups, government agencies, and both private and public corporations throughout Victoria and Queensland. During this time he has gained a unique insight into the ways in which major corporations, small businesses and indigenous communities can work together to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes.

Jamie is experienced in project management, community outreach and Traditional Owner engagement, and has successfully project managed a number of Cultural Heritage Management Plans, and specialist heritage assessments throughout Australia. 

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith


B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Melissa Ludeman

Melissa Ludeman

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci. (Hons)

Mel is working primarily in the facilitation and strategy area of the business. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. Prior to joining RMCG, Mel was employed in conservation projects around Victoria. For her honours project, Mel worked with an Aboriginal Cooperative to evaluate their grassland management strategies in the You Yangs.