Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) Program

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service has engaged our multidisciplinary team to undertake six REFs for the Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) Program across various regions in southern NSW. The FAFT Program will enhance the fire trail network and associated infrastructure to meet new Rural Fire Service standards. Each REF requires a combination of…

GIS spatial data mapping

Meet our team: Desiree Gowell, GIS consultant

Desiree is a GIS consultant with experience in data management, spatial analysis and map production for environmental management, planning, and conservation projects. She is based in Niche’s FNQ office in Cairns. With an educational background in zoology and professional experience in GIS for natural resource management, Desiree’s career experience includes the application of GIS methodologies…

Meet our team: Neil Berry, GIS consultant

In his role as a GIS consultant based at Niche’s head office in Parramatta, Neil uses his skills in data visualisation and statistical analysis to produce report-quality mapping and figures to convey spatial data. “I’m naturally a visual communicator, and I enjoy finding ways to interpret and efficiently illustrate the spatial detail that our clients…

Meet our team: Aboriginal heritage specialist Stella Quast

Stella grew up in Armidale and her farming family background inspired her interest in environmental archaeology and water management.  “When it comes to the environment and managing water, what worked in the past is often still relevant today,” says Stella.  “That’s why heritage matters so much, and why I’m motivated to help my clients achieve compliance with legislation while protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage…

Bunya Mountains – Russell Park MTB Trails

Niche’s Queensland team was engaged by Bligh Tanner to provide both heritage management and ecological services during the detailed design phase Western Downs Regional Council’s Russell Park MTB Trails project. This included an Ecological Assessment Report, Protected Plants flora survey and Protected Plants Flora Survey Report, and cultural heritage services including Aboriginal and historical Due…

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How Indigenous knowledge can inform contemporary management practices: Dr Morgan Disspain presents at World Fisheries Congress

Heritage specialist and senior associate Dr Morgan Disspain is an in expert in archaeological fish otolith analysis, with experience in cultural heritage management and archaeological research. Based in Coffs Harbour in Northern NSW, Morgan has published extensively – and received numerous awards – for her research on the analysis of archaeological fish remains, and has…

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane – Heritage Architect

Niche Heritage Architect, Stewart Armstrong, is providing heritage design and construction advice to Destination Brisbane Consortium for the Queen’s Wharf project – the largest and most complex heritage project currently being undertaken in Queensland. To find out more, read our project case study: Queen’s Wharf Brisbane – Heritage Architect Follow us LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  Twitter …

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: Ecologist Lauren Eade

Lauren joined Niche’s consulting team in March 2021. Originally from Cairns, Lauren has five years of experience working as an ecologist and fauna spotter-catcher, including time spent in remote areas of Queensland’s Far North. While based on the Cape York Peninsula, Lauren’s fieldwork included investigations and monitoring of the region’s threatened Northern Quoll and Palm…

How could this have happened?

Queensland regional manager and historical heritage specialist Cameron Harvey discusses contemporary issues in cultural heritage and provides essential risk-reducing advice. Cultural heritage matters of local, state, national and international significance have recently resulted in significant media attention, causing political upheaval, corporate embarrassment, and often substantial community outrage. All too often we hear, “How could this…