News Category: Environmental offsetting


Independent Review of EPBC Act

Matthew Richardson, Niche director and botanist, provides an update on the review… Background The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment appointed Professor Graeme Samuel AC to conduct the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in October 2019.  In June this year Professor Samuel delivered the interim report and its…

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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NSW Biodiversity Credits Spot Price Index and Niche’s Offset Credit Brokerage Services

In November last year, the NSW Government released the Spot Price Index1 for biodiversity credits created using the BioBanking Assessment Methodology under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act).  Whilst this act has now been replaced by the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) and the assessment of biodiversity offsets is now determined…

NSW EPBC Act Bilateral Agreement – Amended: Streamlining both the approvals process and biodiversity offset requirements for NSW proponents

The NSW EPBC Act1 Bilateral Agreement was amended on March 24, 2020 (Amending Agreement No. 1) as a result of both the NSW and Australian Governments’ commitment to: Streamlining environmental assessments and offsets for projects in NSW and Reducing the regulatory burden on proponents of projects in NSW. The amendment has been anticipated for some…

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After the bushfires: Assessing burnt vegetation

The recent fires across NSW have created challenges for assessors quantifying the impacts of developments on burnt bushland and valuing potential Biodiversity Stewardship Sites. Ecologist and Accredited BAM Assessor Dr Cairo Forrest summarises key points from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)’s recently released guidelines for applying the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM) at…

Project News: Biodiversity Offsetting for Liverpool Range Wind Farm

Niche was engaged by Tilt Renewables to provide a preliminary offset assessment and offset strategy for the Liverpool Range Wind Farm and Transmission Line project in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW. Our team of Accredited BAM Assessors undertook investigations to determine the biodiversity values of ten parcels of land, and to assess their potential for…

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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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.…

Biodiversity offsets as a tangible currency in NSW

Niche recently co-hosted a breakfast seminar in Sydney with law firm Clayton Utz entitled Innovative strategies for biodiversity offsets in NSW.  More than thirty project directors, environmental managers and legal advisers attended the seminar, with representatives from the land development, mining and renewable energy sectors, as well as state government road and water infrastructure agencies.…

Niche sponsors UDIA NSW state conference

Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to support our growing number of clients in the urban development sector by sponsoring the annual UDIA NSW state conference. Each year the event attracts more than 300 of the industry’s leading developers and associated professionals. This year the conference will focus on the efficient and sustainable growth of…

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…