NAIDOC Week 4-11 July 2021 – Heal Country

Niche’s Cultural Heritage Team Leader in Queensland, Jill Reid, introduces the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week. The NAIDOC Week theme this year calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. Niche has the privilege of working with different Aboriginal communities on a…

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…

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…

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Rebecca Rowlingson joins Niche to lead environment team in Queensland

Niche Environment and Heritage has appointed Rebecca Rowlingson to lead the growing environmental and ecological consulting team in Queensland. As an environmental scientist and program manager, Rebecca draws on over 14 years of professional experience gained in the resources and energy sectors. Rebecca has strong communication skills, allowing her to develop relationships with clients, collaborate…

Project news: Herston Quarter, Brisbane

Niche’s Heritage Architect, Stewart Armstrong, is providing design and construction advice as the nominated Heritage Architect for the Herston Quarter project. Herston Quarter is one of the largest and most complex heritage projects currently underway in Brisbane. The $1.1 billion mixed-use redevelopment project includes the adaptive reuse of several iconic heritage buildings on the site.…

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Heritage consultant Adelia Gower joins Niche in Brisbane

Adelia Gower is the latest addition to our growing multidisciplinary consulting team in Brisbane, having joined Niche in January 2021. Adelia brings strong technical and project management skills, gained through more than six years of experience from the linear infrastructure, urban development and mining sectors in both QLD and NSW. Adelia is skilled in research and…

Project news: Cannington Intelligent Land Management

In 2016, South32 implemented Intelligent Land Management (ILM) – a framework for land management designed to transform land holdings or areas being rehabilitated into areas that increase climate resilience and generate shared financial, social and environmental value. After delivering the ILM assessment for South32’s Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations, Niche partnered with Pershke Consulting to deliver…

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Video: Dr Xavier Carah provides an update on excavations at Shorncliffe station

Heritage consultant Dr Xavier Carah provides an update on some of the historical artefacts uncovered during excavations for Queensland Rail beneath the 108-year-old building at Shorncliffe station. To find out more about this project, read our case study, and to find out how we can support your project with heritage management advice, contact us or…