News Category: State


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…

Intelligent Land Management to transform South32’s landholdings

South32 has developed a holistic land management program titled ‘Intelligent Land Management’ or ILM in order to transform South32 landholdings, which are otherwise unused, into areas that increase climate resilience and generate shared financial, social and environmental value. Niche has recently completed the ILM Assessment for South32’s Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) operations, building on our…

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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.…

Four FNQ councils appoint Niche as prequalified supplier

Niche Environment and Heritage has joined four local council supplier panels in Far North Queensland, having successfully satisfied all selection criteria to provide specialist environmental and heritage consulting services.  The councils are Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Douglas Shire Council and Winton Shire Council. “Our inclusion in all four prequalification panels is only…

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Niche archaeologists to present at AAA Conference 2019

Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) conference, an important event for the archaeological community in Australia and an excellent opportunity for our own team’s professional development. The theme of this year’s conference is  Disrupting Paradise: The Archaeology of the Driest Inhabited Continent on Earth and the program includes two…

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Project News: St Helena Pipeline Heritage Management

Niche was commissioned by NSW Public Works Advisory on behalf of Rous County Council to undertake an Aboriginal Objects Due Diligence Assessment for the proposed St Helena Pipeline project in the Lismore region of NSW. To find out more about the project, our role and the advantages our locally based team delivered to our client,…

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…

Fishing Deep Time: Dr Morgan Disspain to present at NSW Coastal Conference

At Niche, we work in an array of Australian environments including the coastal, marine and estuarine environments of the eastern seaboard of NSW. To show our support for the coastal communities, businesses and government organisations responsible for the sustainable management of our coastal zone, Niche is proud to support the annual NSW Coastal Conference. This…

Niche shows support for archaeology in Australia

Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Australian Archaeological Association conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Disrupting Paradise: The Archaeology of the Driest Inhabited Continent on Earth and the program will include the latest research results, key heritage issues and new advancements in the application of scientific…

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…