Independent Review of EPBC Act

Matthew Richardson, Niche director and botanist, provides an update on the review… Background The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment appointed Professor Graeme Samuel AC to conduct the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in October 2019.  In June this year Professor Samuel delivered the interim report and its…


Meet our team: Rock-loving heritage consultant Dr Marika Low

Marika is an archaeologist specialising in stone artefact analysis. She has over eight years of experience conducting archaeological field research and lithic analyses for both the research and cultural resource management sectors. Her archaeological studies and fieldwork had taken her on adventures across Western Australia, Canada and South Africa.   Although Marika joined Niche less…


Niche continuing to undertake work on the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension Project

Niche Environment and Heritage Pty Ltd (Niche) are continuing to progress the Biodiversity Consultancy Services component of the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension Project, with measures put in place to ensure the safety of local landholders, community members and staff.  The project, which was a key 2019 election commitment by the NSW Government, will see the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence…


Niche awarded ARTC Inland Rail NSW Offset ID Program contract

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have awarded Niche Environment and Heritage Pty Ltd (Niche) 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…


A day in the life of… Anne-marie Ten Hoorn, Senior Environmental Consultant, Cairns

Anne-marie has more than a decade’s experience in environmental management and compliance, and a strong focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients, their projects, and our environment. Anne-marie describes her typical working day as part of our Queensland environmental team. 9.00 am  Our virtual weekly meetings are a chance for the whole…


Niche secures five year Defence panel contract

Niche Environment and Heritage (Niche) in June 2020 executed a formal Agreement to support the Australian Department of Defence as a member of the Defence Infrastructure Panel – Environment, Heritage and Engineering Services 2020-2025 (DIP.EHE) for an initial five year term.  As one of Australia’s largest land managers, Defence is responsible for the management of a large, complex, and diverse estate that has…

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NSW Biodiversity Credits Spot Price Index and Niche’s Offset Credit Brokerage Services

In November last year, the NSW Government released the Spot Price Index1 for biodiversity credits created using the BioBanking Assessment Methodology under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act).  Whilst this act has now been replaced by the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) and the assessment of biodiversity offsets is now determined…

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Fascinating Finds: Cross River Rail historical archaeology

Niche has been undertaking archaeological excavations right in the heart of Brisbane CBD for the Cross River Rail project. Listen to our senior historical heritage consultant Dr Kevin Rains talking about some of the project’s fascinating finds and the incredible insights they provide into the city’s past, in this webinar he presented for National Archaeology…

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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…


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…


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…