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Niche sponsors NSW Coastal Conference 2018

Once again, Niche is proud to be a sponsor of the NSW Coastal Conference, taking place from 7 to 9 November 2018 in Merimbula. The event focusses on best practice in coastal management and brings together more than 200 delegates working within the fields of coastal and estuary management, research, education, service provision and policy.…

biodiversity offsetting, biobanking, environmental, brokerage, offset credits

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, offsets are viewed by…

ecological assessment, solar farm, new energy, renewable energy, NSW

Project case study: Springdale Solar Farm

Our consultants recently undertook an ecological assessment for a proposed 100 megawatt solar farm near Sutton NSW, close the ACT border. The State Significant Development involved the assessment of ecological values within the study area under the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM) and our assessment determined how the proposed solar farm is likely to have an…

archaeology, queensland, mining, heritage, history, ravenswood, gold mine,

Dr Kevin Rains presents at ASHA conference

Heritage specialist Dr Kevin Rains from Niche’s Brisbane office presented at the joint conference of the Australian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) and the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA), on Friday 28 September 2018 in Parramatta. His presentation, entitled The Ravenswood Mining Landscape and Chinese Settlement Area Project, was based on Niche’s involvement in…

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Supporting plant conservation in Australia

Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to support the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC). Niche has recently become a member of this not for profit organisation, which aims to promote and develop plant conservation in Australia. ANPC’s activities include training courses, publication of current research and plant conservation techniques and guidelines, and promotion conservation,…

mining, NSW, environment, environmental consultant, approvals, mining, ecology, heritage

NSW mining industry’s biggest event of the year

Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to sponsor NSW Mining’s Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Conference and Awards – the NSW mining industry’s biggest event of the year. The theme of the conference this year is “Share, Innovate, Succeed,” and the event brings together policy experts and decision makers to talk about operational and…

archaeology, mining, queensland, heritage, consulting, environment

Early settlers to be recognised at Ravenswood

Niche Environment and Heritage was engaged by Carpentaria Gold to undertake the scientific excavation of historical gravesites at the original cemetery site at Ravenswood, in north Queensland, after the location of the cemetery was established during heritage assessments for the proposed Ravenswood Gold Mine Expansion Project. The cemetery is believed to have been in use…

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Portland Cement Works Conservation Management

Portland Cement Works is a state significant heritage site located in the town of Portland, in the NSW Central Tablelands. The landowners, AWJ Civil, are proposing to sensitively re-develop the site to adaptively re-use the existing buildings as well as building new structures to offer commercial, residential and recreational opportunities. The project – named The…