Five things you need to know about the 2020 Independent Review of the EPBC Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Commentary and compilation by Lawrence Smith, NSW Regional Manager, Niche. For context, let’s first look at some background information: The EPBC Act is Australia’s primary national environmental law; it’s more than 1000 pages of complex legislation and, since first introduced in 1999, it has had over 400 pages of regulations added. This 2019-2020 is the…

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…