Inland Rail Program – Narrabri to North Star heritage management

The 1,700 km Inland Rail Program will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, transforming how goods are moved around Australia. Niche provides both historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage advice and services across the Inland Rail Program, including the post-approval and compliance stages of the Narrabri to North Star project,…


Niche ecologists record photographic evidence of Spotted-tailed Quoll using road underpass

Ecologists Dr Radika Michniewicz and Jodie Danvers have recorded photographic evidence of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) using an underpass in NSW. The Spotted-tailed Quoll is a threatened species and has a vulnerable conservation status in the state. The photo was captured using automated cameras during monitoring for the Pacific Highway Upgrade. “The goal of…


Webinar: Uncovering heritage

Last week, Niche and SJA hosted a short webinar for our clients entitled Uncovering heritage, presented by Ben Clifton, Senior Project Manager at SJA, and Jamie Reeves, Managing Director and Heritage Consultant at Niche. Watch the recorded session below to learn three key tips for successfully managing heritage programs to save time and cost. To find…


Project news: Cannington Intelligent Land Management

In 2016, South32 implemented Intelligent Land Management (ILM) – a framework for land management designed to transform land holdings or areas being rehabilitated into areas that increase climate resilience and generate shared financial, social and environmental value. After delivering the ILM assessment for South32’s Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations, Niche partnered with Pershke Consulting to deliver…

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Video: Dr Xavier Carah provides an update on excavations at Shorncliffe station

Heritage consultant Dr Xavier Carah provides an update on some of the historical artefacts uncovered during excavations for Queensland Rail beneath the 108-year-old building at Shorncliffe station. To find out more about this project, read our case study, and to find out how we can support your project with heritage management advice, contact us or…


Niche confirmed as prequalified supplier to government in Queensland

Niche Environment and Heritage has joined Local Buy, the procurement scheme servicing local, state and federal government, government-owned corporations, universities and not-for-profit organisations in Queensland.  As a prequalified supplier under the Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Services contract, Niche can provide specialist services to Local Buy clients at any stage of the project cycle, from concept through to completion.    “For more than 10 years, our Queensland team has provided high quality environmental and heritage consulting services to a range of government clients including Queensland Rail, Department for Transport and…


Meet our team: Dr Cairo Forrest – botanist, camper, and snorkelling enthusiast

Cairo is a botanist and biodiversity offsetting specialist who has been part of Niche’s NSW ecology consulting team for more than three years. Before working as a consultant, Cairo spent 8 years in biological and ecological research within university and private institutions. “Having sampled both consulting and research roles, I found that there’s a wider…


Senior heritage architect to join Niche in Brisbane

Due to a strong pipeline of interesting work for our growing client base across the state, Niche’s Queensland consulting team is expanding and we are excited to announce the appointment of Stewart Armstrong. Stewart is a registered architect and is passionate about the conservation, adaptation, interpretation and promotion of heritage places, and the design of…

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Meet our team: Bridget Walker, senior heritage consultant in Brisbane

Bridget has worked as a heritage professional for over 15 years, and provides high quality and accurate advise to her clients through combining her methodical approach to work with high level skills in archaeology, ethnography, heritage management and community liaison.  Bridget has extensive experience in the linear infrastructure project sector, having worked as a cultural heritage advisor for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. She joined our growing Queensland consulting team in June 2020. Bridget grew…


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…