News Category: Road, rail and transport infrastructure


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…

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…

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…

Supporting our clients and local community in FNQ

Our latest projects Niche’s Cairns-based heritage team continues to work closely with Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and has been engaged to provide specialist cultural heritage capacity to the local TMR office. Significant projects to date include the Smithfield Bypass Project, the Cairns Southern Access Stage 4: Stage Kate to Aumuller Project, the Cairns Southern…

ANET conference, ecology, heritage, road, infrastructure, environment, consultant

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…

heritage, archaeology, consultant, road, RMS, NSW

Niche joins RMS heritage panel

Niche joins RMS heritage panel Niche Environment and Heritage has been approved by RMS as a prequalified supplier for heritage services as part of the NSW government road agency’s Environmental Services panel. Niche is now prequalified to provide services for Aboriginal cultural heritage and cultural values, and Non-Aboriginal cultural heritage. To date, Niche has been…

biodiversity offsetting, biobanking, environmental, brokerage, offset credits

Opportunities in biodiversity offsetting

Opportunities in biodiversity offsetting It pays to think outside the box Biodiversity offsets are now integral to project approvals in most states in Australia and are a significant expense to developers, so at Niche we work with our clients to turn offset liabilities into positive commercial outcomes. “Green tax” or commercial opportunity? In many cases,…

ANET conference, ecology, heritage, road, infrastructure, environment, consultant

Connecting nature, connecting people

Connecting nature, connecting people Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to sponsor ANET 2018, the conference of the Australasian Network for Ecology and Transport. The theme of this year’s conference is “Connecting people, connecting nature” and delegates from government, industry, research and community groups will attend to share and discover the latest findings in environmentally-sensitive…

fauna monitoring,road project, ecology, environment

Project Update: Pacific Highway fauna monitoring

Project Update: Pacific Highway fauna monitoring The project Niche Environment and Heritage, in association with Bowditch Group and Hills Environmental, is currently engaged by Roads and Maritime Services in an 8 year contract for environmental services for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie and Eungai.  The Pacific Highway…

road, rail, ecology, infrastructure,environmental, consultant

Niche wins significant contract in Cairns community

Niche wins significant contract in Cairns community Since late June 2016, Niche Environment and Heritage’s Far North Queensland team has been engaged to provide cultural heritage capacity to the local Transport and Main Roads (TMR) office. This has included large and small-scale land and marine projects. Significant projects to date include Stage 2 of the…