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,…

Niche ecologists record photographic evidence of Spotted-tailed Quoll using road underpass

Ecologists Dr Radika Michniewicz and Jodie Danvers have recorded photographic evidence of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) using an underpass in NSW. The Spotted-tailed Quoll is a threatened species and has a vulnerable conservation status in the state. The photo was captured using automated cameras during monitoring for the Pacific Highway Upgrade. “The goal of…

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Video: Dr Xavier Carah provides an update on excavations at Shorncliffe station

Heritage consultant Dr Xavier Carah provides an update on some of the historical artefacts uncovered during excavations for Queensland Rail beneath the 108-year-old building at Shorncliffe station. To find out more about this project, read our case study, and to find out how we can support your project with heritage management advice, contact us or…

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Meet our team: Dr Cairo Forrest – botanist, camper, and snorkelling enthusiast

Cairo is a botanist and biodiversity offsetting specialist who has been part of Niche’s NSW ecology consulting team for more than three years. Before working as a consultant, Cairo spent 8 years in biological and ecological research within university and private institutions. “Having sampled both consulting and research roles, I found that there’s a wider…

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Meet our team: Bridget Walker, senior heritage consultant in Brisbane

Bridget has worked as a heritage professional for over 15 years, and provides high quality and accurate advise to her clients through combining her methodical approach to work with high level skills in archaeology, ethnography, heritage management and community liaison.  Bridget has extensive experience in the linear infrastructure project sector, having worked as a cultural heritage advisor for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. She joined our growing Queensland consulting team in June 2020. Bridget grew…

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Niche awarded ARTC Inland Rail NSW Offset ID Program contract

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have awarded Niche Environment and Heritage Pty Ltd (Niche) the Inland Rail NSW Biodiversity Offset Site Identification Program. The award of this multi-million dollar works package will result in the Niche biodiversity team working alongside ARTC’s team for several years to identify and assess sites across NSW that may…

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A day in the life of… Anne-marie Ten Hoorn, Senior Environmental Consultant, Cairns

Anne-marie has more than a decade’s experience in environmental management and compliance, and a strong focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients, their projects, and our environment. Anne-marie describes her typical working day as part of our Queensland environmental team. 9.00 am  Our virtual weekly meetings are a chance for the whole…

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Fascinating Finds: Cross River Rail historical archaeology

Niche has been undertaking archaeological excavations right in the heart of Brisbane CBD for the Cross River Rail project. Listen to our senior historical heritage consultant Dr Kevin Rains talking about some of the project’s fascinating finds and the incredible insights they provide into the city’s past, in this webinar he presented for National Archaeology…

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National Archaeology Week, 17-23 May 2020

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian Archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. As part of this nationwide program of events, Brisbane-based heritage consultant Dr Kevin Rains will present a webinar exploring archaeology on the Cross…

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Meet our team: Sarah McGuinness

Sarah McGuinness is a heritage consultant based at our Wollongong office. For more than 10 years she has been providing Aboriginal and historical archaeology advice to support to clients across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.  Sarah has worked extensively within the mining and linear infrastructure sectors and is highly skilled in a…

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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…

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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…