National Archaeology Week, 17-23 May 2020

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian Archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. As part of this nationwide program of events, Brisbane-based heritage consultant Dr Kevin Rains will present a webinar exploring archaeology on the Cross…

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NSW EPBC Act Bilateral Agreement – Amended: Streamlining both the approvals process and biodiversity offset requirements for NSW proponents

The NSW EPBC Act1 Bilateral Agreement was amended on March 24, 2020 (Amending Agreement No. 1) as a result of both the NSW and Australian Governments’ commitment to: Streamlining environmental assessments and offsets for projects in NSW and Reducing the regulatory burden on proponents of projects in NSW. The amendment has been anticipated for some…

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Project News: Heritage management for Riparian Weed Control Program, Brisbane

Healthy Land and Water (HLW), in partnership with Seqwater, is undertaking a regional riparian weed control program to reduce and control the impact of invasive weeds on native vegetation. HLW engaged Niche for advice on how best to protect Aboriginal and/or historical cultural heritage values within the project area. Our Brisbane-based consulting team defined cultural…

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After the bushfires: Assessing burnt vegetation

The recent fires across NSW have created challenges for assessors quantifying the impacts of developments on burnt bushland and valuing potential Biodiversity Stewardship Sites. Ecologist and Accredited BAM Assessor Dr Cairo Forrest summarises key points from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)’s recently released guidelines for applying the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM) at…

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Biodiversity and heritage information sessions for NSW councils

At Niche, we are experienced in creating information sessions that are individually tailored to the unique natural environment, heritage and history of the areas in which our clients operate. Programs for NSW councils Information sessions can be tailored to suit council staff and contractors who need to have an awareness of your local biodiversity and…

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Meet our team: Yogesh Nair

Yogesh is an ecologist specialising in bush regeneration, revegetation and ecological rehabilitation. He has more than ten years’ experience in monitoring, management and planning for bushland restoration projects in the Sydney metropolitan area and across NSW. Yogesh joined Niche’s multidisciplinary consulting team in August 2019. He is based at our Sydney head office, with frequent…

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Project News: Biodiversity Offsetting for Liverpool Range Wind Farm

Niche was engaged by Tilt Renewables to provide a preliminary offset assessment and offset strategy for the Liverpool Range Wind Farm and Transmission Line project in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW. Our team of Accredited BAM Assessors undertook investigations to determine the biodiversity values of ten parcels of land, and to assess their potential for…

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Project News: Mid North Coast Correctional Centre Expansion

Our North Coast NSW team provided both heritage management and ecological services during approval and compliance stages of this project. This included an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment; flora and fauna assessment; vegetation management plan; fauna management plan; nest box installation and monitoring; clearing surveys – and a Koala Habitat Management Plan (KHMP). The KHMP led…

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