Meet our team: Aboriginal heritage specialist Stella Quast

Stella grew up in Armidale and her farming family background inspired her interest in environmental archaeology and water management.  “When it comes to the environment and managing water, what worked in the past is often still relevant today,” says Stella.  “That’s why heritage matters so much, and why I’m motivated to help my clients achieve compliance with legislation while protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage…

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Meet our graduate and early career consultants

So far during 2021, we’ve welcomed seven new graduate and early career consultants to our growing team in NSW. They’ve all been busy getting to grips with our systems, developing their technical skills with support from colleagues, and building their professional knowledge and confidence. Despite very challenging times, they’re all making the most of the…

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Niche welcomes Lennelle Barnes to the team

Senior environmental scientist Lennelle Barnes has joined Niche’s growing multidisciplinary consulting team in NSW. Based in the Newcastle region, Lennelle takes up the role of Senior Associate – Environmental Approvals. During her 10 year career within the environmental consulting industry, Lennelle has gained extensive experience in environmental approvals for local and State government, and private…

NAIDOC Week 4-11 July 2021 – Heal Country

Niche’s Cultural Heritage Team Leader in Queensland, Jill Reid, introduces the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week. The NAIDOC Week theme this year calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. Niche has the privilege of working with different Aboriginal communities on a…

Meet our team: Ecologist Lauren Eade

Lauren joined Niche’s consulting team in March 2021. Originally from Cairns, Lauren has five years of experience working as an ecologist and fauna spotter-catcher, including time spent in remote areas of Queensland’s Far North. While based on the Cape York Peninsula, Lauren’s fieldwork included investigations and monitoring of the region’s threatened Northern Quoll and Palm…

How could this have happened?

Queensland regional manager and historical heritage specialist Cameron Harvey discusses contemporary issues in cultural heritage and provides essential risk-reducing advice. Cultural heritage matters of local, state, national and international significance have recently resulted in significant media attention, causing political upheaval, corporate embarrassment, and often substantial community outrage. All too often we hear, “How could this…

Five things you need to know about the 2020 Independent Review of the EPBC Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Commentary and compilation by Lawrence Smith, NSW Regional Manager, Niche. For context, let’s first look at some background information: The EPBC Act is Australia’s primary national environmental law; it’s more than 1000 pages of complex legislation and, since first introduced in 1999, it has had over 400 pages of regulations added. This 2019-2020 is the…