environmental consultant, sydney, parramatta,

Lawrence Smith joins Niche management team

Niche Environment and Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Smith as regional manager for NSW. Lawrence brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the management of professional service, engineering and consulting firms, including 10 years leading Coffey’s operations as regional general manager. At Niche, Lawrence will be responsible for business performance…

Giant moss

Knowledge, experience and enthusiasm

Niche is pleased to announce the recent appointment of three new consultants to our growing multidisciplinary team. Jane Austen joins the team in Queensland. Jane has 13 years’ experience in heritage management including Aboriginal and historic projects, and community consultation. She has recently worked within City of Gold Coast Council’s heritage unit and as a…


Niche sponsors NSW Coastal Conference 2018

Once again, Niche is proud to be a sponsor of the NSW Coastal Conference, taking place from 7 to 9 November 2018 in Merimbula. The event focusses on best practice in coastal management and brings together more than 200 delegates working within the fields of coastal and estuary management, research, education, service provision and policy.…

biodiversity offsetting, biobanking, environmental, brokerage, offset credits

Opportunities in biodiversity offsetting

It pays to think outside the box Biodiversity offsets are now integral to project approvals in most states in Australia and are a significant expense to developers, so at Niche we work with our clients to turn offset liabilities into positive commercial outcomes. “Green tax” or commercial opportunity? In many cases, offsets are viewed by…

ecological assessment, solar farm, new energy, renewable energy, NSW

Project case study: Springdale Solar Farm

Our consultants recently undertook an ecological assessment for a proposed 100 megawatt solar farm near Sutton NSW, close the ACT border. The State Significant Development involved the assessment of ecological values within the study area under the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM) and our assessment determined how the proposed solar farm is likely to have an…

archaeology, queensland, mining, heritage, history, ravenswood, gold mine,

Dr Kevin Rains presents at ASHA conference

Heritage specialist Dr Kevin Rains from Niche’s Brisbane office presented at the joint conference of the Australian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) and the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA), on Friday 28 September 2018 in Parramatta. His presentation, entitled The Ravenswood Mining Landscape and Chinese Settlement Area Project, was based on Niche’s involvement in…


Our growing team in Far North QLD

Due to strong demand from clients across the state, Niche Environment and Heritage has expanded its presence in Far North Queensland, recently adding two new appointments and moving into new offices in Cairns. Senior environmental consultant Anne-marie Ten Hoorn brings with her more than ten years of experience gained within the public sector (predominately at…

vegetation management, queensland, legislation, biodiversity, consultant, advise

Supporting our clients in urban development

Niche Environment and Heritage’s multidisciplinary consulting team has significant experience in providing advice to our clients’ residential, industrial and commercial development projects. Now, for the first time, Niche will participate in the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW state conference as a sponsor and exhibitor. This one-day conference will explore current and emerging challenges…

ecologist brisbane

Supporting plant conservation in Australia

Niche Environment and Heritage is proud to support the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC). Niche has recently become a member of this not for profit organisation, which aims to promote and develop plant conservation in Australia. ANPC’s activities include training courses, publication of current research and plant conservation techniques and guidelines, and promotion conservation,…