NGH

About NGH

Meet the sustainable development experts

We’re NGH —a national environmental, planning and advisory consultancy guiding Australia toward a more sustainable tomorrow.

For over 30 years, we’ve upheld our reputation for providing progressive, collaborative and comprehensive consultancy services that achieve the exceptional. From day one we’ve gone beyond the expected, pioneering  renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure services across regional and metropolitan Australia. Equipped with interdisciplinary expertise, we tackle challenges creatively and practically, delivering positive, flexible and  impactful solutions that will endure for years to come.

At NGH, collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. We work in partnership with our clients, our communities and our industry’s changemakers to shape a sustainable future for everyone. Because our nation is changing. It’s evolving faster than ever before, and we’re determined to facilitate this transformation, conscientiously. We’re navigating our tomorrow — supporting every stakeholder, facing every obstacle and redefining outdated practices to guide our nation toward a brighter, more sustainable future.

As a company, we take great pride in our contributions to some of Australia's biggest infrastructure projects and our ongoing leadership in the development of the growing renewable energy industry. While our origins lie on the New South Wales South Coast, we have since evolved into a dynamic and forward-thinking consultancy that is committed to delivering balanced and practical solutions Australia-wide.

Our vision is to be a significant driving force in the transition to a sustainable future, and we are dedicated to achieving this through the work we do. We strive to attract exceptional individuals who share our passion for meaningful projects that prioritise the preservation of our natural, cultural, and social resources.

Our core values of equality, respect, collaboration, and support are the pillars upon which we operate, and we endeavour to embody them in all aspects of our work

Erwin Budde
CEO

Erwin Budde | NGH CEO

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Energy transition policy

Our firm is built on science, ethics,
and commitment to sustainable development

Nick Graham-Higgs

In July 1992, we started an ethical company and began the journey to help shape a sustainable world. Today we are a highly respected team of 200 multi-disciplinary professionals recognised for supporting Australia's sustainable transition. In our 30 years of operation, we are proud to have helped our clients navigate countless projects in cities and remote communities across Australia.

Nick Graham-Higgs
Founding Director

Our history

Our guiding principles

NGH Guiding Principles

To be an influential leader in the transition to a sustainable future based on science and ethics.

To empower our team to deliver innovative, ethical, and comprehensive projects, whilst fostering collaboration and partnership ensuring benefits for our clients, community,  and environment.

Our commitment to reconciliation

“I am a proud Wiradjuri woman who was born in Cowra, New South Wales and I am part of the very large Murray, Gordon, and Jeffries families. I grew up hearing Dreamtime stories from my wonderful Grandparents about the importance of caring for our earth and how our people shape one of the most sustainable cultures in the world.

Feeling connected to my Country is important to me, and I feel working in this industry has completely aligned both my professional and personal values.

NGH provides me with a culturally safe working environment, and it is a place where I can be who I am without discrimination or judgement. I believe celebrating, preserving, and connecting with our First Nations culture are genuine priorities for NGH and I have never been prouder to be part of this organisation.

With the implementation of a RAP, this will formalise what we are already trying to achieve as an organisation but will also fundamentally strengthen our relationship with our communities and support all our staff in their understanding of the importance of true reconciliation.”

Breannah Schubach
Communications and Engagement Lead

Inside NGH

Through this video, we hope to convey the essence of who we are as a firm, what we stand for,  the things we value most, and the people who are at the heart of everything we do – our team.

You will see that our passion for excellence is matched only by our commitment to creating a positive impact in the world. And witness the dedication and hard work that goes into everything we do, and our unwavering focus on providing the best possible service to our clients.

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We are thrilled to share that Elgin Energy’s Glanmire Solar Farm has been approved by the Independent Planning Commission NSW. The project, situated near Bathurst NSW, has a planned capacity of 60 MW for the solar facility and a 60 MW big battery capable of delivering 120 MWh of storage over two hours.

With a keen focus on successful community engagement and sustainability, our team prepared the Environmental Impact Statement, Response to Submissions, and Amendment Report.

We are proud to have worked alongside the Elgin team, guiding the project through the NSW State Significant Development planning process. The Glanmire Solar Farm represents another step forward in our shared journey toward a sustainable energy future.

We are thrilled to share that Elgin Energy’s Glanmire Solar Farm has been approved by the Independent Planning Commission NSW. The project, situated near Bathurst NSW, has a planned capacity of 60 MW for the solar facility and a 60 MW big battery capable of delivering 120 MWh of storage over two hours.

With a keen focus on successful community engagement and sustainability, our team prepared the Environmental Impact Statement, Response to Submissions, and Amendment Report.

We are proud to have worked alongside the Elgin team, guiding the project through the NSW State Significant Development planning process. The Glanmire Solar Farm represents another step forward in our shared journey toward a sustainable energy future.
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In December 2023, the NSW Government issued a renewed Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) over Lake Victoria. This permit marks a significant step in safeguarding the area’s rich Aboriginal cultural heritage values. 

Lake Victoria, a key part of the Murray-Darling Basin, is home to a cultural landscape rich with history, dating back 28,000 years. The lake’s shores are scattered with significant Aboriginal sites, including burials, middens, and stone artefacts, highlighting its profound cultural and archaeological importance. 

Our heritage team undertook the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment for this project working in partnership with stakeholders and the Aboriginal community. NGH’s innovative use of GIS-based modelling coupled with field survey has been instrumental in creating a framework for ongoing landscape management and conservation. 

“The AHIP application was the largest in NSW, with over 1,000 sites being part of the landscape management.” Matthew Barber, Technical Director - Heritage

#aboriginalculturalheritage #lakevictoria

In December 2023, the NSW Government issued a renewed Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) over Lake Victoria. This permit marks a significant step in safeguarding the area’s rich Aboriginal cultural heritage values.

Lake Victoria, a key part of the Murray-Darling Basin, is home to a cultural landscape rich with history, dating back 28,000 years. The lake’s shores are scattered with significant Aboriginal sites, including burials, middens, and stone artefacts, highlighting its profound cultural and archaeological importance.

Our heritage team undertook the Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment for this project working in partnership with stakeholders and the Aboriginal community. NGH’s innovative use of GIS-based modelling coupled with field survey has been instrumental in creating a framework for ongoing landscape management and conservation.

“The AHIP application was the largest in NSW, with over 1,000 sites being part of the landscape management.” Matthew Barber, Technical Director - Heritage

#aboriginalculturalheritage #lakevictoria
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We are thrilled to kick off the public opening of @icomos_ga2023 tomorrow! 🎉 
Join us for an awe-inspiring program at the Heritage Hub, our co-sponsored space with @acciona

For the opening day, Shoshanna Grounds, will co-chair a panel discussion on 'Heritage as Sustainability: Policy' with Bayan F. El Faouri, Chair of ICOMOS Jordan National Committee for SDGs Working Group, and Christy Green (Wills), an emerging heritage professional.

Visit us from tomorrow, 5 – 9 September. Hope to see you at the Heritage Hub!

#ICOMOSGA2023 #HeritageHub #NGH #ACCIONAEnergia

We are thrilled to kick off the public opening of @icomos_ga2023 tomorrow! 🎉
Join us for an awe-inspiring program at the Heritage Hub, our co-sponsored space with @acciona

For the opening day, Shoshanna Grounds, will co-chair a panel discussion on `Heritage as Sustainability: Policy` with Bayan F. El Faouri, Chair of ICOMOS Jordan National Committee for SDGs Working Group, and Christy Green (Wills), an emerging heritage professional.

Visit us from tomorrow, 5 – 9 September. Hope to see you at the Heritage Hub!

#ICOMOSGA2023 #HeritageHub #NGH #ACCIONAEnergia
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