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Two minutes with Niche Environment and Heritage

The Institute’s newest Brisbane Member, Niche Environment and Heritage, provides an insight into their experiences, learnings, and projects.

Queensland Regional Manager Cameron Harvey sat down for our “Two minutes with…” interview.

How did you get involved in the development industry?

As a provider of environmental and cultural heritage assessments and related services, I have been able to work on projects with a development focus for over 17 years now. That included working for the Queensland Government in a regulatory capacity and for the last 5 years in a professional consulting capacity.

Why did you decide to become a member?

Ensuring compliance with environmental and cultural heritage legislation can be tricky. During the last 5 years it has become obvious to me that if the land development sector is to improve in these areas that professionals with experience and knowledge of the technical requirements must become more proactive and educate people who have to make decisions on such matters on a daily basis.

For instance, Aboriginal cultural heritage management in Queensland sits outside the planning system, and as a result, it is up to developers to better understand their requirements and ensure that measures are put in place to ensure statutory obligations are adequately met.

Tell us about the latest trends in the development industry.  

From my perspective, land developers are building their knowledge base and improving their own processes for handling environmental and cultural heritage requirements. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding and poor practice out there. I would hope this lessens over time as professional practitioners in these fields get more involved with industry groups such as the UDIA.

Where do you see the property development industry in the next 10 years?  

I would like to see a commitment to ensuring environmental and cultural heritage best practice across the industry, developed through a high level of knowledge and understanding of requirements. This will help achieve the consistency that I would like to see in the next 10 years.

Career highlight so far?

Hard to pick one but any project that has seen a client realise that environmental and heritage issues can sometimes be a selling point for their project, and not just another impediment. That always is a highlight for me.

What advice would you give to young professionals starting in the industry?

I am a heritage professional and it can be tough to breakthrough to make it into a long-term career. Perseverance is key trait one must have. But also understand your strengths and weaknesses. Work on both to achieve the successes you want.