Ekistica is a leading advisory and technical consultancy firm in regional Australia. We work nationally and internationally with clients in challenging engineering and project development and delivery problems.

Established in 2007 by our parent company, the Indigenous controlled Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, our team of professional project managers includes electrical, renewable, environmental, civil, structural and mechanical engineers, engagement specialists, data analysts and IT systems and financial experts. Read more about our people here.

We have delivered many successful projects, across a range of different markets, including a number of ground-breaking projects that challenged the status quo. Many of our most prominent projects are in the renewable energy sector, however, our underlying principles and philosophies are what have allowed us to be innovative and successful across a broader range of infrastructure and technology projects.

Our key strength is our unique comprehension of the challenges associated with developing and building infrastructure in remote, regional or marginalised areas. An understanding that there are a common set of barriers to all remote area infrastructure development which are key determinants to a project’s success or failure:

  1. People and governance: people matter, and so too does the interface between people and the governance and regulatory frameworks that a project operates in.
     
  2. Technology and supply chains: cost and quality are critical but must be contextualized by consideration for the intellectual, labour and logistical supply chains available to support delivery.
     
  3. Finance: capital cost equations require consideration of the valuation of risk and the extant capital constraints in potential finance markets.

Ekistica is well-regarded for successfully delivering projects and providing quality independent advice to clients nationally and internationally. Our processes and ISO 9001 accredited Quality Management System ensure all our services are delivered to a consistently high standard.  

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Dr Bruce Walker

Dr Bruce Walker arrived in the the Northern Territory to lecture in technology and which led to the creation of C.A.T. - the Centre for Appropriate Technology, where he served as the CEO for 30 years.

Bruce was a founding member of the steering committee for Desert Knowledge Australia and Desert Knowledge CRC and has spent much of the last 10 years on the creation of the Desert People Centre. He has worked on development projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Burma and Vanuatu and written numerous reports and articles including commissioned reports for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.

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LYNDON FREARSON

Managing Director & Principal Consultant

Lyndon is a leader in the field of remote and regional infrastructure development and deployment, policy and financing. A chartered electrical engineer, Lyndon’s experience includes seven years in heavy industry and automotive manufacturing as a production manager, design engineer and project manager, and over a decade in the energy sector, with a focus on renewables. As Ekistica’s Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Lyndon has overseen its development as regional and remote Australia’s leading advisory and technical consultancy firm. In this role, he is and continued to be one of Australia’s thought-leaders in the energy sector.

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Olivia Coldrey

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
Senior Programme Manager

Olivia is a lawyer with over 15 years experience advising on conventional and renewable energy projects and public policy development. Olivia’s key  capabilities lie in financing renewable energy technologies through the innovation cycle from R&D through commercial deployment; innovative public-private financing mechanisms for renewable energy; and government renewable energy program management. As the Senior Project Manager for REEEP, Olivia has strong international networks in finance, energy, law and government and currently resides in Vienna.

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Peter Reneham

Chairman of C.A.T.

Peter Renehan took on the role of C.A.T. Chairman in October 2010 and brings strong community engagement and practical hands-on abilities, built up over a long period of time of interacting and working with Aboriginal people. Leading by example Peter also brings strong governance practices to the Board and is keen to get stronger focussed outcomes and input from Board members to add their strengths and understanding of issues confronting Aboriginal communities to assist them into the future.

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Dr Steve Rogers

Public Officer & C.A.T. CEO

Dr. Steve Rogers commenced as the CEO of CAT in January 2015. He has most recently been the Science and Industry leader at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth. He has also been the CEO and Managing Director of two Co-operative Research Centre’s and Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. He is an experienced company director with a strong vision for CAT as a national organisation delivering the technology innovation needed to stimulate economic development across remote Australia.

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Grant Behrendorff

Managing Director at AC Solar Warehouse

Grant is a professional engineering technologist specialising in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency program development and implementation. Grant spent several years as Group Manager of CAT’s Bushlight renewable energy program from its inception in 2002. He has since lead projects in the energy sector in Australia, India, North America, and the Pacific Islands. Grant is currently the Director of Evolve Energy Pty Ltd, a Director of Energy Innovations Pty Ltd, and is based in Cairns, Queensland.

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RICHARD BOND

EKISTICA BUSINESS MANAGER, COMPANY SECRETARY
 

Richard is Ekistica’s Business Manager and leads the company’s in-house administrative and financial management activities.

Richard has extensive experience in financial management across a broad range of organisations including UK and US listed companies both private and not-for-profit. He is also an experienced project manager who has managed a diverse range of construction and refurbishment projects, many involving remote delivery, and worked as a venue logistics manager for 2 venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Indigenous communities around the world are constantly impacted by the decisions of others and type-cast as importers of knowledge.

Ekistica was established to reverse this model, to export the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd’s more than 35 years of experience working in remote areas to other contexts and locations; and to constructively impact the world around us, to help shape the world we are all part of and to demonstrate that this can be done from a remote area, with remote area knowledge.

Established in 2007, Ekistica is the commercial services arm of the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, a not-for-profit corporation working creatively at the interface of technology and economy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd is owned and governed by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board and knows a thing or two about working in remote areas and how to design and deliver services to the people and communities who live there. Click here to learn more about what they do.

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
— James Boswell, 1775