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…


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 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…