Services

Our capacity to provide timely and relevant advice to clients is enhanced by our ability to provide services at all phases of a project - from pre-feasibility through to design, construction, operation and ultimate closure. Typically our expertise is employed in baseline ecological surveys, impact assessments, the management of compliance issues, approvals and specifications, and in implementing environmental management programs.

NRA has provided services to the private, public and community sectors at strategic and operational levels since 1984, and our specialist environmental expertise has been acknowledged by the pre-qualifications and panels that NRA serves on. Click here for more information

Specialists in environmental regulatory compliance and management of natural resources, NRA Environmental Consultants provides assessment and management services for

Planning and Approvals

Planning and Approvals

NRA’s consultants have a detailed understanding of the development approvals required under Local, State and Commonwealth legislation. This means the burden of acquiring approvals is managed by NRA, freeing the client to focus on project development and delivery.


Services provided

  • Advice to clients on the regulatory process
  • Strategic planning and assessment of critical project timelines
  • Conduct or coordinate studies required to provide supporting information for approvals
  • Preparation of documentation for statutory approvals
  • Consultation with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders
  • Negotiation of development and licence conditions

 

Resource Management

Resource Management

We provide comprehensive compliance reporting and the effective management of approval processes for our clients, and are skilled in identifying practices that will avoid unnecessary impacts and costly remediation. Our auditing capabilities and expertise assist clients to avoid environmental liabilities and identify opportunities to do things smarter, resulting in improved natural resource management and increased profits.

 

Experience
Dredge Spoil Dump Reparation Plan
Local Government Conservation Management Plans
Ports Vegetation Management Master Plans
River Management Action Plans
Waterways Strategy - Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

 

Specialised Ecological Studies

Specialised Ecological Studies

An unfortunate consequence of published guidelines is the inevitable use of 'magic numbers' in regulatory licences. NRA has engaged directly with officers from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as an advocate against this practice. Rather, we support the inclusion of licensed trigger values, the exceedence of which necessitates a management response. The logic for this is that timely impact preventative or mitigative actions are far more desirable than restoration actions. NRA has demonstrated the efficacy of this approach through aquatic ecology monitoring programs, we developed this service between 1993 and 1994 and it has been refined over the past 20 years. It has since been used on numerous sites in Central, North West and North Queensland.

 

Experience
Aquatic Ecology Studies - Monitoring and impact assessment (eg instream biota, sediment and water quality, riparian health)
Biodiversity offsets
Baseline environmental studies – water, flora, fauna, land and soils
Long-term monitoring programs of endangered fauna (eg stream dwelling frogs, cassowaries, shorebirds, marine turtles)
National Species Reviews for Commonwealth Government (eg Southern Cassowary and Black-throated Finch)
Threatened species surveys and assessments
Stygofauna studies
Expert Witness statements and advice to State and Commonwealth Governments

 

Environmental Impact Studies

Environmental Impact Studies

The process of predicting, describing and confirming impacts is fundamental to a successful project. Our extensive practical experience is always underpinned by scientific rigour and we emphasise the importance of collecting baseline data against which potential impacts can be evaluated. Our professional code is the use of solid science to produce creative and practical solutions delivered on time and on budget.

 

Experience
Gas Pipeline - Papua New Guinea to Queensland
Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest
Defence Training Areas in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (Cowley Beach and Tully Training Areas)
Port infrastructure
Mining projects

 

Compliance, Acquisition and Operational Audits

Compliance, Acquisition and Operational Audits

As a specialist consultancy, NRA is routinely called upon to participate in audits pertaining to acquisitions or some form of regulatory proceedings. NRA employs specialists who have 3rd party accreditation for these projects ensuring that information provided to clients is technically robust. In the mining sector this is assisted by over 21 years’ experience in the provision of environmental management services. Our involvement in numerous audits within the mining sector both in Australia and SE Asia is testament to this experience.

 

Experience
Port facilities
Gold and base metal mines
Open-cut and underground coal mines
Refineries
Coal handling facilities
Due diligence
Licencing and completion

 

Environmental Management Systems

Environmental Management Systems

NRA does not undertake EMS audits, we do however, assist clients to prepare and deliver outcome based environmental management systems. The end point of a successful EMS is the demonstrated achievement of agreed environmental outcomes. We have provided this service predominately to the mining sector (coal, metalliferous and mineral sand projects), though have successfully developed and implemented an EMS for a local government entity. We acknowledge the importance of accreditation to some organisations and for each EMS we have developed, 3rd party certification was achieved when certification was sought.

 

Experience
Local Government
Mine sites in Queensland and Western Australia
Open cut and underground coal mines
Transport infrastructure
Defence
Energy utilities

 

Land Restoration

Land Restoration

NRA has been involved with mine rehabilitation for nearly 26 years. Our experience spans planning, regulatory approvals, implementation and monitoring. The breadth of our knowledge and problem solving abilities has resulted in NRA’s engagement on projects beyond the capabilities of much larger organisations. As an example, NRA has been engaged by Ok Tedi Mining Ltd to assist with the design and implementation of its Mine Area Rehabilitation Plan.

 

Experience
Mining sites
Main Roads projects

 

Expert Witness Services

Expert Witness Services

NRA scientists have been engaged as expert witnesses for proceedings under Local, State and Federal jurisdictions. We have recognised competencies in certain disciplines and acknowledged investigative and reporting proficiencies which lead to requests to provide assistance. Currently we are working on Federal and State legislative mechanisms in the disciplines of protected species impact assessment and management, and erosion and sediment control.

 

Experience
Mining sites
Main Roads projects

 

Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies

Developed an in-house environmental management system and subsequently co-authored a sustainability delivery system (Global Review Service).
NRA used this experience when we were commissioned by a community group to conduct the first community-driven sustainability assessment of a mining operation in Queensland. This included the first community-driven external audit and reporting of a mining operation and an annual Health Safety and Community Report.

 

Experience
Mining Environment and Sustainability Review
Lao PDR Mining Sector Social and Environmental Sustainability Review
Sugar Mill Co-Generation Feasibility Project