Meet our team: John McLellan Gillen, historical heritage consultant

John is an archaeologist specialising in historical heritage (also known as non-Aboriginal or European heritage). He joined Niche’s consulting team in April 2020.  Since graduating with a BA in Archaeology from the University of Queensland in 2013, John – a dual Australian/British citizen – has gained almost ten years of heritage and archaeology experience in…

Inland Rail Program – Narrabri to North Star heritage management

The 1,700 km Inland Rail Program will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, transforming how goods are moved around Australia. Niche provides both historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage advice and services across the Inland Rail Program, including the post-approval and compliance stages of the Narrabri to North Star project,…

Niche ecologists record photographic evidence of Spotted-tailed Quoll using road underpass

Ecologists Dr Radika Michniewicz and Jodie Danvers have recorded photographic evidence of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) using an underpass in NSW. The Spotted-tailed Quoll is a threatened species and has a vulnerable conservation status in the state. The photo was captured using automated cameras during monitoring for the Pacific Highway Upgrade. “The goal of…

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Meet our team: Dr Cairo Forrest – botanist, camper, and snorkelling enthusiast

Cairo is a botanist and biodiversity offsetting specialist who has been part of Niche’s NSW ecology consulting team for more than three years. Before working as a consultant, Cairo spent 8 years in biological and ecological research within university and private institutions. “Having sampled both consulting and research roles, I found that there’s a wider…

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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…

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Meet our team: Rock-loving heritage consultant Dr Marika Low

Marika is an archaeologist specialising in stone artefact analysis. She has over eight years of experience conducting archaeological field research and lithic analyses for both the research and cultural resource management sectors. Her archaeological studies and fieldwork had taken her on adventures across Western Australia, Canada and South Africa.   Although Marika joined Niche less…

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Niche continuing to undertake work on the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension Project

Niche Environment and Heritage Pty Ltd (Niche) are continuing to progress the Biodiversity Consultancy Services component of the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension Project, with measures put in place to ensure the safety of local landholders, community members and staff.  The project, which was a key 2019 election commitment by the NSW Government, will see the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence…

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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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Niche secures five year Defence panel contract

Niche Environment and Heritage (Niche) in June 2020 executed a formal Agreement to support the Australian Department of Defence as a member of the Defence Infrastructure Panel – Environment, Heritage and Engineering Services 2020-2025 (DIP.EHE) for an initial five year term.  As one of Australia’s largest land managers, Defence is responsible for the management of a large, complex, and diverse estate that has…