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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…