We have built a strong brand as a reputable and trusted professional advisory firm.  The majority of our clients have been with us for over a decade, we rarely have to compete in the open market for work and a significant portion of new work comes via referrals from others who have witnessed our performance and commitment to project success.

Our services range from assisting small businesses with development applications to managing large multi-disciplinary environmental impact statements for major projects along the Queensland coast. 

Our service delivery is flexible.  We can provide over the phone advice, work within clients’ organisations on secondments,  fulfil peer review roles or offer the traditional consultancy services on a project by project basis.

CQG’s team works across several sectors.

“CQG display a continuously high level of professionalism in their interactions and uphold a consistent attention to detail…”

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Because we live and work in regional areas we have hands on practical and technical expertise in a range of environmental, planning, due diligence, project management and engineering services for the agriculture sector particularly in the sugar, salt, rice, beef, aquaculture, horticulture, forestry and timber plantations and cropping industries.

We can assist with property acquisition decision making or provision of materials for property marketing through assessing environmental and planning constraints such as vegetation and habitat protection zones, or determining government approval/ permit requirements. Our team can prepare property management assessable vegetation (PMAV) applications, best management practice program documentation (BMP), weed and pest management plans and GIS mapping or conduct vegetation, weed and fauna surveys, UAV drone surveys, water quality testing and employee awareness training. We have strong ties to the agriculture sector and have the skills to help enable its future viability through continual improvement of environmental protection practices.

Energy and Mining

CQG’s clients in this sector include power generation and transmission companies, renewable energy clients (solar, wind, hydro, battery storage), oil and gas producers, exploration and drilling companies, quarries, contractors, coal mining companies, and minerals and precious metal (gold) miners.

Because we work and live in regional areas we understand the importance of reliable power supply and the role the energy and resources sector play in the economic viability of this nation. We understand the importance of protecting good quality agriculture land and for proponents and communities to work together for the best outcome.   CQG is a member of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) environment committee and we are actively involved in the regulatory policies that may impact our clients in this sector.

Our services to this sector include onsite secondment of environmental officers, contaminated land investigations, GIS mapping, approvals and permits, community and Traditional Owner engagement, compliance auditing, regulatory advice, rehabilitation,  environmental monitoring and the design and implementation of REMPs.

Local and State Government

Working on government projects requires an ability to respect confidentiality and the ability to provide services to a high standard in a timely and cost effective manner.

As a member of Local Buy and a preferred provider on several  local government panels throughout Queensland, we have developed a strong skill set in particularly in the provision of waste management and economic development support.

CQG’s team is renown throughout Queensland as the go to group for waste coordination post natural disasters, assisting Councils with environmental authority amendments, conducting the full suite of environmental monitoring, concept designs for waste transfer stations and landfill expansions, waste audits, closed landfill investigations, UAV (drone) landfill capacity surveys, preparation and review of site based management plans and the development of waste reduction and recycling plans.

We work closely with economic development groups within Councils to assist with grant applications, to prepare feasibility studies and to attract sustainable investment and development in regional areas.

State Government agencies have engaged our services to assist with approval advice, to coordinate environmental and cultural heritage studies and to provide technical advice.

Working with Traditional Owners

Protection of Australia’s natural environment and the cultural and heritage values balanced with sustainable economic viability for future generations underpins the work we do every day.

CQG is proud of our established relationships with Traditional Owner groups that have been built on trust and our collective vision to ensure the protection of cultural heritage values coupled with genuine employment and business opportunities for our First Nations people.

We have several memorandum of understanding agreements with TO groups in Cape York and in Central Queensland to collectively deliver environmental and land management services.  We have also provided advice and assistance to TO groups seeking opportunities to develop their own mining and tourism developments on their country and to prepare submissions to government to help tell their story and capture their visions for environmental and cultural heritage protection and enhancement.

Our staff have worked on-country in remote locations to assist TO groups with world heritage mapping and  Indigenous protected area studies as well as hands-on training in conducting ecological surveys and water quality monitoring.

Construction and Industrial

CQG differentiates our services from our competitors in many ways, including our team members’ experiences working on construction and heavy industry sites throughout Australia. Our staff can think on their feet and deliver practical solutions.

We offer more than just ideas and reports, we work as part of your team to fully understand project challenges and to identify options to deliver compliant, cost effective outcomes that minimise impacts to the environmental, cultural and social values.

We can represent you in discussions with government agencies, we can run your community and stakeholder engagements,  help with selecting your project teams, preparing or reviewing tenders and environmental management plans and with the project management of your contractors.  Our team can provide environmental compliance advisory services during construction and operation through awareness sessions, reporting and auditing.

Our experience working on industrial plants and mine sites means we understand the safety risks, the financial constraints associated with any plant down time and the challenges faced by site personnel balancing operational and capital budgets and production.

Because we work across many sectors and industries we can share our knowledge and offer common sense solutions and if required be the conduit between our clients, regulators and the community, to achieve the best outcomes.

We are committed to safe work practices, have the safety boots, high viz and hard hats ready to go!


CQG’s team successfully secured the Environmental Package of Works for the Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area which includes the delivery of ecological, contaminated land, water quality and water supply, asbestos and lead based paint surveys on buildings and environmental advisory services to Laing O’Rourke, the Managing Contractor, in addition to the preparation of environmental reports for consideration under the EPBC Act.

Our staff are accustomed to following Defence’s protocols, including accessing the range during military exercises where safe to do so, to conduct surveys.  We have prepared erosion and sediment control plans (ESCP) and Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) for clients conducting works on Defence sites, developed work notices, prepared draft Environmental Assessment Reports and reviewed ECC documents.

CQG is committed to engaging Traditional Owners in the delivery of services on Defence land and to assist Defence and its Contractors meet Commonwealth targets for Indigenous and Local Participation Plans.


CQG has a strong track record in the tourism sector, ranging from assisting tourism operators secure permits to operate their facilities through to large multi-disciplinary impact assessment projects e.g. working with Pama Futures to identify potential eco-tourism sites along The Great Dreaming Track in Cape York, the Great Keppel Island Revitalisation Plan EIS and provision of strategic advice to the Hummock Hill Island Pacificus Tourism project. We have a strong working knowledge of securing project approvals for developments in and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area including the determination of background environmental, social and cultural values and identifying ways in which to protect and enhance these values. Our team is sought out to assist clients with identification of risks and opportunities and preparing feasibility studies as well as representing project developers in discussions with government agencies and community members.

Ports and Coastal

Clients in this sector include port authorities, marina developers and operators, shipping companies, naval architects and companies who operate facilities within port precincts. Project work in this sector has included sediment analysis plans, water quality and aquatic ecology monitoring, marine mega-fauna surveys, concept planning for ship loader upgrades and marine offloading facilities, coordination of coastal engineering and plume modelling by our specialist sub-consultants, multi-criteria analysis of port options, development applications and EIS for proposed developments, acid sulfate soil sampling and provision of environmental control advice and input for transhipper designs.

Our engineers have assisted tourism operators with planning erosion control plans and selection of contractors, and our scientists and planners have assisted with securing permits and approvals for a wide range of coastal developments. We have a licenced skipper, access to in-survey vessels, and experience working in busy ports and marine environments.


CQG’s team provides professional services for roads, rail, airports and shipping including feasibility assessments, concept and master planning, land tenure advice, development applications, permits eg waterway barrier permits, environmental construction management and asset management. We often fulfil the role of environmental manager or officer for construction or maintenance projects which includes ecological surveys, development of EMPs, auditing, training and contaminated land advice.

We are registered on a number of panels for linear infrastructure and transport related projects and have a good appreciation of the need for reliable and timely advice for this important sector.

Urban Development

People, towns and cities are constantly changing, constantly placing demands on the economy, housing, education, transport, open space, health and community facilities. At the same time, our urban communities are also changing. The types of jobs we do, how we travel, shop, socialise and the types of homes we live in are changing.

Cities can provide choices to people and help people develop the capacities to exercise those choices. Enabling choice is the foundation of CQG’s services to the urban development sector.

Our team of experienced planners, project managers, environmental scientists, and engineers allows us to offer seamless urban development solutions to clients from vision inception to delivery across a diverse range of urban development projects.

Our services to the Urban Development sector include feasibility and due diligence assessments, operational works and development applications, material change of use approvals and development project management.

Solar Salt

CQG is the leading consultancy in Australia in the provision of advisory services to the salt Industry across a broad range of disciplines ranging from environmental auditing and optimisation of existing solar salt facilities to the site selection and design of new solar salt fields.

CQG has undertaken brine evaporation and crystallisation trials for a potash development project,  conceptual designs for  major export salt field, concept development for a coal seam gas (CSG) waste brine management facility, salt field production modelling, salt field optimisation strategies as well as providing ongoing engineering and environmental advice as well as UAV (drone) survey services to one of Australia’s leading domestic salt producers and refiners.

We can assist with project due diligence, peer review, site selection, conceptual design, project development and feasibility studies and approvals as well as management of saline waste.