environmental constraints, coastal engineering, environmental consultant, NSW, kiama

Project case study: Minnamurra boardwalk

Niche and Riparian Engineering were commissioned by Kiama Council to prepare a conceptual design of a 1.6km boardwalk from the southern part of Minnamurra River estuary adjacent to Riverside Drive to the northern road bridge. The boardwalk will improve pedestrian and cyclist access between Minnamurra and Kiama whilst achieving an iconic tourist attraction for visitors,…

heritage consultant, queensland, brisbane, archaeologist

Earliest evidence of humans in Australia

Niche heritage consultant Xavier Carah is an experienced field archaeologist, with particular skills in survey, excavation and community liaison for Indigenous cultural heritage projects. Queensland-based Xavier is the co-author of a new research article recently published in the journal Nature, Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago. The research reports on the results…

fauna monitoring,road project, ecology, environment

Project Update: Pacific Highway fauna monitoring

The project Niche Environment and Heritage, in association with Bowditch Group and Hills Environmental, is currently engaged by Roads and Maritime Services in an 8 year contract for environmental services for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie and Eungai.  The Pacific Highway upgrade is one of the largest…

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Niche expands teams in Port Macquarie, Sydney, Brisbane

Niche has welcomed seven new consultants to our team during the first half of 2017. Each of our new team members brings with them a unique set of skills and experience in their specialist field, adding strength to our team’s capacity to support our clients and their projects. Ecologists Dr Radika Michniewicz and Jodie Danvers…


Completing an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment

Niche’s heritage team leader Renée Regal,a specialist in Aboriginal archaeology, community consultation and NSW heritage regulation, gives her advice on completing an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessmen.. Community consultation will take 5 to 6 months to complete at a minimum, so make sure you start the process early to give community members sufficient time to comment…

ecological consultant, sydney, ecology, environment

Botanist Dr Cairo Forrest joins Niche in Sydney

The latest addition to Niche’s expanding multidisciplinary consulting team in NSW is botanist Dr Cairo Forrest, who joins the Sydney head office.   Cairo is an experienced ecological consultant and research scientist with particular expertise in terrestrial vegetation, threatened species survey and long term biodiversity monitoring programs.   Cairo’s PhD focused on five threatened Acacia…

queensland, brisbane, heritage consultant, archaeologist

Archaeologist Xavier Carah joins Niche is Queensland

Niche Environment and Heritage recently welcomed archaeologist Xavier Carah to the heritage consulting team in Queensland. Xavier has five years of professional experience, gained as a consultant in the private sector and for the University of Queensland’s Cultural Heritage Unit. He has experience with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage for major infrastructure and development projects.…


Working in a marine, coastal or freshwater environment?

Niche’s aquatic ecology team has the specialist skills required to ensure your project meets its environmental obligations and consent requirements. We partner with engineering firms, planners, developers, mine operators, utility providers and government on projects encompassing freshwater, marine, estuarine, coastal, temperate and tropical reef and deep-water ecosystems. Our goal is to develop innovative solutions to…


NSW Biodiversity Conservation Reforms to commence

Significant changes to the way projects are assessed and offset In 2016, the NSW Government introduced the Biodiversity Conservation Act (BC Act) and Local Land Services Amendment Act (LLSA Act). This new legislation repeals the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, the Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001 and parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act…

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Dr Radika Michniewicz joins Niche in Port Macquarie

Dr Radika Michniewicz is a senior ecologist with 12 years of experience in providing ecological services in Australia and France. She has a varied background, from population studies of shingleback lizards in South Australia, stygofauna sampling in the Pilbara, to ecological studies in the French Pyrenees. Radika has managed field studies and large, complex projects…

archaeology, heritage, archaeologist, niche, consultant

New heritage consultant for Niche

Niche Environment and Heritage is pleased to announce that Isabel Tickle has joined the heritage consulting team. Isabel is a recently graduated archaeologist with experience in Aboriginal and historical archaeology projects.  She has worked in Victoria and south-western New South Wales on research, as well as private and government projects. Isabel specialises in stone artefact…