Endangered Koala conservation status update

Did you know the conservation status of the Koala within NSW, QLD and the ACT has recently changed from Vulnerable to Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)? See the Commonwealth Government media release here. “The impact of prolonged drought, followed by the black summer bushfires, and the cumulative…

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Meet our team: Aboriginal heritage specialist Elena Piotto

Elena is an experienced heritage consultant specialising in Aboriginal cultural heritage. Elena has over seven years of industry experience and is skilled in cultural heritage survey and assessment, due diligence assessment, archaeological excavation, salvage as well as artefact documentation and analysis. Elena grew up in sunny Brisbane and has lived and worked in every capital…

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Cairns Western Arterial Road Upgrade Planning

Our Queensland team was engaged by Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, on of behalf Transport and Mains Roads (TMR), to provide environmental and cultural heritage services for upgrades to the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR). The project worked to address congestion, improve road efficiency and access, enable better connectivity, and improve safety while meeting the future…

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Dr Tanya Park appointed Secretary General, ICOMOS International Wood Committee

Congratulations to built heritage specialist Dr Tanya Park! During the Christmas break, Tanya was appointed to the role of Secretary General of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee – a further endorsement of her globally recognised expertise in wooden architecture, adaptive reuse and historical analysis of heritage buildings. As Secretary General, Tanya will not only continue her…

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Join our team in 2022!

Niche is growing in NSW and QLD, and we’re looking for great people to join our team as we head into 2022. We are currently seeking: – Ecologists and Botanists– Environmental Approvals Consultants – Heritage Consultants– Project Managers – GIS Consultants Benefits for Niche employees include flexible work options, paid parental leave, mentoring and professional…

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Australia’s East Coast Energy Transition: Are we there yet?

Lawrence Smith, NSW Regional and National Markets Manager, unpacks the disparate and sometimes inconsistent dialogue around energy transition, highlighting six key aspects of the initiatives, investments and actions underway. A lot has been said recently about the state of Australia’s energy generation transition. Plans are being announced at all levels of State and Federal government.…

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What is biodiversity offsetting and what does it mean for your project in NSW?

Principal ecologist and biodiversity offsetting specialist Dr Amanda Griffith introduces the basics of biodiversity offsetting, and how it applies in NSW. Biodiversity offsets aim to deliver beneficial and sustainable environmental outcomes and are an integral component of most project approvals in Australia. In NSW, the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) provides the framework for assessing impacts…

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Meet our built heritage experts: Dr Tanya Park and Stewart Armstrong

Niche’s growing multidisciplinary team includes more than 25 heritage consultants with expertise in the management of Australian Aboriginal, historical and built heritage. Our heritage team’s broad range of experience and technical knowledge enables us to provide our clients with a complete package of services to manage the heritage aspects of any project – including specialist…

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Aboriginal cultural heritage management – “the Niche Way” in Queensland

Queensland regional manager Cameron Harvey reflects on the importance of evidence-based research and meaningful consultation with stakeholders. Ever since we began Niche in QLD back in 2012, we have always held firm on the belief that the best decisions and recommendations for our clients and their project needs are informed by evidence, not just opinions.…

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