News Category: Federal, state and local government


Niche secures five year Defence panel contract

Niche Environment and Heritage (Niche) in June 2020 executed a formal Agreement to support the Australian Department of Defence as a member of the DIP.EHEE Panel (Defence Infrastructure Panel – Environment, Heritage and Estate Engineering) for an initial five year term.  As one of Australia’s largest land managers, Defence is responsible for the management of a large, complex, and diverse estate that has…

Biodiversity and heritage information sessions for NSW councils

At Niche, we are experienced in creating information sessions that are individually tailored to the unique natural environment, heritage and history of the areas in which our clients operate. Programs for NSW councils Information sessions can be tailored to suit council staff and contractors who need to have an awareness of your local biodiversity and…

Project News: Mid North Coast Correctional Centre Expansion

Our North Coast NSW team provided both heritage management and ecological services during approval and compliance stages of this project. This included an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment; flora and fauna assessment; vegetation management plan; fauna management plan; nest box installation and monitoring; clearing surveys – and a Koala Habitat Management Plan (KHMP). The KHMP led…

Specialist support for road projects

Niche’s multidisciplinary team has the experience and expertise to deliver high quality, specialist services to support road infrastructure projects across NSW. Our flagship projects in this sector include: OH2K and F2E: Lead environmental consultant M1 Pacific Highway Motorway Productivity Package: Ecology, Aboriginal and historical heritage Hunter Expressway Environmental Advice: Project ecologist throughout project planning, design…

Project News: Sydney Trains weed management plan

Niche was engaged by Sydney Trains to prepare a five-year weed management plan to deal with exotic flora across the entire network. Botanist Dr Cairo Forrest developed an innovative method for recording weeds across the rail network using handheld GPS devices, while riding trains at pace. Read our case study to find out more… Excellence…

Project News: Heritage management at Shorncliffe station

We’ve been working with Queensland Rail on different aspects of the Shorncliffe station restoration project since 2016. When QR discovered an assemblage of artefacts in the subfloor space they asked us to assist them in managing this discovery. To learn more, read our case study about the project – and the advantages Dr Xavier Carah…

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Federal government to review EPBC Act

On 29 October 2019, the Australian government commenced a ten-yearly review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) – the centrepiece of our national environmental legislation. Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, when announcing the review emphasised the government’s goal was to deliver greater certainty to business groups, farmers and environment organisations.…

Four FNQ councils appoint Niche as prequalified supplier

Niche Environment and Heritage has joined four local council supplier panels in Far North Queensland, having successfully satisfied all selection criteria to provide specialist environmental and heritage consulting services.  The councils are Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Douglas Shire Council and Winton Shire Council. “Our inclusion in all four prequalification panels is only…

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Project News: St Helena Pipeline Heritage Management

Niche was commissioned by NSW Public Works Advisory on behalf of Rous County Council to undertake an Aboriginal Objects Due Diligence Assessment for the proposed St Helena Pipeline project in the Lismore region of NSW. To find out more about the project, our role and the advantages our locally based team delivered to our client,…

Niche approved as prequalified supplier for NSW government construction projects

Niche Environment and Heritage has been approved to join NSW Procurement’s prequalification scheme for Consultants in Construction (SCM1191). Niche satisfies all NSW Procurement’s selection criteria and joins the scheme as a ‘Certified Consultant’ and ‘Supplier of Environmental Assessment Services’ for natural habitats and built environments. The scheme is used by NSW government agencies, state owned…

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See us at the National Roads and Traffic Expo

The National Roads & Traffic Expo is Australia’s trade show for the entire road transport ecosystem, and we’re proud to be showing our support for our many clients in this sector by exhibiting at this year’s event. Niche delivers a wide range of specialist environmental and cultural heritage services to transport infrastructure projects across eastern…

Niche joins supplier register for management of threatened species in North Eastern NSW

Niche Environment and Heritage has been chosen by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (formerly OEH) for inclusion in a register of suppliers for specialist services relating to the management of threatened species, populations and ecological communities in the North Eastern region of NSW. The Department’s register acknowledges Niche as a supplier of…