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The Hunter Environmental Institute

The Hunter Environmental Institute (HEI) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for the interaction of people working in environmentally oriented fields in the Hunter Region. HEI is a non profit organisation, managed by a committee and operating under a formal Constitution.

Our major events are our bi-monthly afternoon meetings featuring presentations by guest speakers (or panels) on a specific issue within the broad range of environmental topics.  The meetings are held in a semi-formal setting, providing an opportunity for a presentation on a specialist topic with time for questions. This is followed by discussion and networking with others interested in environmental issues in the Hunter Region.  HEI seminars are often held at Customs House Hotel, located opposite Newcastle Train Station overlooking the Newcastle (Hunter River) foreshore.

Often the networking organisation, Greendrinks, follows on after the seminars with an informal evening of interactions (http://www.greendrinks.org//Newcastle).

For broad current enviro news see: http://bruceboyes.info/urban-environment-news

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Recent HEI Gold Members

  1. Virtus Heritage Pty Limited

    Virtus Heritage is an Australian company that provides specialist expertise in Aboriginal and historical archaeology, ground-penetrating radar, history and heritage management. Our team has extensive expertise throughout Australia and overseas in the assessment and management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. We are proficient in GIS and InDesign packages for higher end presentation of figures and reports and accurate site and cultural landscape mapping. We work with local communities, commercial clients and statutory agencies to develop effective solutions and positive heritage outcomes for each project. Our interdisciplinary team, affiliations and technical partnerships allow us to match each project with the necessary academic skills, professional experience and local expertise. Our heritage advice and reports are prepared by experienced professionals and communicated clearly balancing statutory reporting and legislative requirements, client needs and community expectations. We believe that heritage is integral to community wellbeing and identity, the valued stories, places and material culture that we pass down to future generations. Cultural heritage management and archaeological investigations play an important part in recording, assessing and interpreting material culture, stories and places that are valued by communities as part of their heritage and history. It is our privilege to work as archaeologists with clients and communities to develop assessments and investigations which not only comply with regulatory requirements but also recognise the links between people and place, providing ethical and practical heritage outcomes.
    Virtus Heritage is an Australian company that provides specialist expertise in Aboriginal and historical archaeology, ground-penetrating radar, history and heritage management. Our team has extensive expertise throughout Australia and overseas in the assessment and management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes.
    Virtus Heritage Pty Limited
    Virtus Heritage Pty Limited Dr Mary-Jean Sutton Principal Archaeologist
    Phone:02 6676 4354
  2. Environmental Property Services

    At Environmental Property Services our advice is underpinned by more than 100 years of combined expertise. With a presence in Sydney and the Hunter region, we work on projects Australia wide, delivering commercially and environmentally balanced outcomes. Integrated expertise Our unique approach fuses environmental planning with economic advisory and complementary disciplines to create robust and well informed solutions. This integration also improves cost efficiency and reduces risk. For example, our bushfire specialists work directly with our environmental planners to design safer communities, and our property economists work with our town planners to ensure project viability. This achieves a competitive advantage with in-house specialists in every area. • Town Planning • Project Management • Economics • Legal Compliance • Land Valuation • Ecology • Market Research • Environmental Management
    Environmental Property Services (EPS) is a dynamic planning & economic advisory company that offers considerable capability and commercial experience in property and planning consulting. We service our clients across all sectors with multi- disciplinary technical expertise including project management, environmental planning, ecology assessment and biodiversity offsets, economic assessment and property valuation.
    Environmental Property Services
    Environmental Property Services
    9 Yacaaba Street,
    Nelson Bay, New South Wales, 2315 Australia
    Phone:02 4981 1600
  3. Jacobs Group Australia Pty Ltd

    Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services across multiple markets and geographies. We value professional excellence, integrity, diversity in the workplace and fostering an open and collaborative working environment. With 2013 revenues of nearly $12 billion our fundamental business strategy is building long-term client relationships. We have attracted and retained clients by providing superior customer value - in fact, over 90 percent of our work is repeat business from loyal clients. The combination of a loyal client base and steady growth enables us to attract and retain the industry's top talent. As a result of this sound business strategy, we are prospering in diverse markets worldwide. Our global network includes more than 200 offices in over 25 countries and we now have operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, India, Australia, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit our website http://jacobs.com.
    Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services across multiple markets and geographies.
    Jacobs Group Australia Pty Ltd
    Operations Secretary
    Unit 10 - 710 Hunter Street,
    Newcastle West, New South Wales, 2302 Australia
    Phone:02 4979 2600
    Fax:02 4979 2666