of NPWS Involvement
position on Renewal of Leases
protection and conservation of the native flora and fauna of New
protection and care of Aboriginal sites and,
appropriate the acquisition and management of an - adequate and.
representative conservation reserve system, as national parks
and native reserves
of NPWS Involvement
Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)) has demonstrated its long-standing
interest in Wingecarribee Swamp. This interest commenced when the
swamp's conservation values were first identified by early natural
resource surveys carried out by NSW Fauna Protection Panel, CSIRO,
NPWS and Royal Botanic Gardens staff as being of high conservation
value in the mid to late 1960's.
of a nature reserve over the Wingecarribee Swamp was first proposed
by the Fauna Panel in the early 1960s and again by the NPWS in 1968.
Due to a number of factors including the transfer of tenure from
the NSW Lands Department to the Sydney Water Board, the construction
of Wingecarribee Dam, objections from the Department of Mineral
Resources and their approval of mining leases over the swamp, it
was not possible to proceed to gazettal of a nature reserve. It
was anticipated in l 992 that upon the expiry of the mining leases
the nature reserve proposal could be finalised.
has over the years maintained the objective to establish a nature
reserve at the earliest possible date and has continued to pursue
this objective to the present time.
of the Water Board, establishing the Sydney Water Corporation (SWC)
further delayed consideration of the nature reserve proposal. Under
the Corporatisation Act, the NPWS and SWC were to be joint sponsors
of plans of management for all designated "Special Areas" around
SWC reservoirs and Wingecarribee Swamp.
plan of management has been prepared for Wingecarribee Swamp (1995/96).
It was developed with the consideration that any management actions
carried out are done 50 within the context of the swamp becoming
a nature reserve in the short-term.
objected to the renewal of the leases because of the now very well
documented scientific, natural, cultural, historical, palynological,
conservation and education values of the swamp, as well as the long-term
proposal for the establishment of a nature reserve over the swamp.
Parks and Wildlife Service, Submission to the Mining Wardens Inquiry
into Possible Renewal of Mining Leases for the Extraction of Peat
from Wingecarribee Swamp, 1997, Exhibit 23, pp. 3-4.