News Category: Environmental offsetting


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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…

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Biodiversity Offsetting: Niche delivers excellent outcomes for our clients and for conservation

Biodiversity offsets aim to sustainably address the environmental impacts of development and are an unavoidable component of project approvals in most states in Australia. But offsets can be extremely expensive and so may influence a project’s financial viability. At Niche, we provide strategic advice to ensure our clients’ offset requirements are met efficiently, and to…

Our local team in northern NSW

Our local team in northern NSW Meet our team in northern NSW At Niche, we are committed to delivering excellence to our clients. We do this by drawing on our consultants’ local experience and knowledge to provide superior specialist environmental and heritage services that have positive impacts on our client’ projects and the communities in…

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Lawrence Smith joins Niche management team

Niche Environment and Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Smith as regional manager for NSW. Lawrence brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the management of professional service, engineering and consulting firms, including 10 years leading Coffey’s operations as regional general manager. At Niche, Lawrence will be responsible for business performance…