Niche awarded ARTC Inland Rail NSW Offset ID Program contract

August 20, 2020

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Niche to work alongside ARTC team to identify and assess sites to supply biodiversity offsets

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have awarded Niche Environment and Heritage Pty Ltd 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 well be used to supply biodiversity offsets to the Inland Rail program.
The award is the result of a highly competitive tender process, with Niche proving its ability to support ARTC in meeting their objective of providing sufficient biodiversity offsets credits from approved stewardship sites for retirement against each individual Inland Rail project.
Niche’s commercial director, Lawrence Smith said, “The Niche team are thrilled to be involved in this once in a lifetime project, that will change the face of freight movement in Australia, while also providing economic growth for regional communities together with the establishment of excellent conservation outcomes, for the benefit of future generations.”
The appointment of Niche’s biodiversity team to deliver this project reflects our position as market leaders in biodiversity offsetting in NSW and reflects the breadth and depth of our experience securing significant biodiversity offset outcomes for state and nation building projects.
Lawrence further stated, “It’s an exciting time to be involved with this massive regional infrastructure project.  Our team’s extensive experience in shepherding landholders through the complex NSW Biodiversity Offset Scheme will no doubt add significant value to the project”.

The Inland Rail Project

The Australian Government is delivering Inland Rail through the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), in partnership with the private sector.
A 1,700km fast freight backbone from Melbourne to Brisbane, Inland Rail will transform how we move goods around Australia. ​​​​ Comprising 13 individual projects, Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the world.
Once complete in 2025/2026, it will better link businesses, farmers and producers to national and global markets and generate new opportunities for industries and regions.
Further information is available at these websites:


Landholders: NSW Biodiversity Offsets Registration

Landholders wishing to express interest in the NSW biodiversity offsets program should in the first instance access the Inland Rail EOI (expression of interest) website:
The benefits to landholders entering a Biodiversity Stewardship Site Agreement and selling credits to Inland Rail include:

  • guaranteed, regular payments to manage the site
  • reimbursement of opportunity costs for the site
  • Inland Rail support with ecological investigations and registering the site
  • incorporating conservation into long-term management and control of your land


Contact Niche’s Inland Rail Offsetting Project Leadership Team

Niche’s project team is available to speak in person with project developers about project offset requirements, or with landholders about the opportunity for your property to supply biodiversity offsets to projects like the Inland Rail Project.

Dr Cairo Forest, Practice Leader – Ecologist, Niche
Project Manager – ARTC Inland Rail NSW Offset ID Program
M: 0488 224 599
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