Cross River Rail – Historical archaeology update

Cross River Rail – Historical archaeology update Since 2018 Niche has provided archaeological services for the State government funded Cross River Rail project. Services include the preparation of detailed archaeological assessments, research designs, advice and archaeological investigations within the underground station precincts and associated areas. These works were guided by the Cross River Rail Archaeological…

Dendrobium Terrestrial Ecology Monitoring Program – GIS

As part of the Dendrobium Terrestrial Ecology Monitoring Program, our ecologists measure and monitor ecological values and indicators for Coastal Upland Swamps in the Sydney Basin Bioregion (Upland Swamps) listed as Endangered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). “The Niche…

Cairns Western Arterial Road Upgrade Planning

Our Queensland team was engaged by Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, on of behalf Transport and Mains Roads (TMR), to provide environmental and cultural heritage services for upgrades to the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR). The project worked to address congestion, improve road efficiency and access, enable better connectivity, and improve safety while meeting the future…

Australia’s East Coast Energy Transition: Are we there yet?

Lawrence Smith, NSW Regional and National Markets Manager, unpacks the disparate and sometimes inconsistent dialogue around energy transition, highlighting six key aspects of the initiatives, investments and actions underway. A lot has been said recently about the state of Australia’s energy generation transition. Plans are being announced at all levels of State and Federal government.…

Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) Program

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service has engaged our multidisciplinary team to undertake six REFs for the Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) Program across various regions in southern NSW. The FAFT Program will enhance the fire trail network and associated infrastructure to meet new Rural Fire Service standards. Each REF requires a combination of…

Niche confirms status as trusted service provider to government in Queensland

State government supplier of choice for environmental and cultural heritage services Niche has been selected to join the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)’s new supplier prequalification scheme. Niche joins the Infrastructure Building and Construction Panel (IBCP) as a provider of both environmental and cultural heritage services.  While the IBCP is administrated…

Bunya Mountains – Russell Park MTB Trails

Niche’s Queensland team was engaged by Bligh Tanner to provide both heritage management and ecological services during the detailed design phase Western Downs Regional Council’s Russell Park MTB Trails project. This included an Ecological Assessment Report, Protected Plants flora survey and Protected Plants Flora Survey Report, and cultural heritage services including Aboriginal and historical Due…

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane – Heritage Architect

Niche Heritage Architect, Stewart Armstrong, is providing heritage design and construction advice to Destination Brisbane Consortium for the Queen’s Wharf project – the largest and most complex heritage project currently being undertaken in Queensland. To find out more, read our project case study: Queen’s Wharf Brisbane – Heritage Architect Follow us LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  Twitter …

Cross River Rail: Chinese history in Brisbane

During National Archaeology Week 2021, Cross River Rail hosted a range of live-streamed talks exploring the many items of archaeological significance that have been uncovered during excavation works for the project, and what they reveal about life in Brisbane at the turn of the 20th century.  The program included Niche’s historical heritage specialist Dr Kevin Rains talking…

Project news: Herston Quarter, Brisbane

Niche’s Heritage Architect, Stewart Armstrong, is providing design and construction advice as the nominated Heritage Architect for the Herston Quarter project. Herston Quarter is one of the largest and most complex heritage projects currently underway in Brisbane. The $1.1 billion mixed-use redevelopment project includes the adaptive reuse of several iconic heritage buildings on the site.…

Meet our team: John McLellan Gillen, historical heritage consultant

John is an archaeologist specialising in historical heritage (also known as non-Aboriginal or European heritage). He joined Niche’s consulting team in April 2020.  Since graduating with a BA in Archaeology from the University of Queensland in 2013, John – a dual Australian/British citizen – has gained almost ten years of heritage and archaeology experience in…

Inland Rail Program – Narrabri to North Star heritage management

The 1,700 km Inland Rail Program will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, transforming how goods are moved around Australia. Niche provides both historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage advice and services across the Inland Rail Program, including the post-approval and compliance stages of the Narrabri to North Star project,…