SWC Act, Sydney Water Corporation Limited has a number of obligations
imposed upon it comprising both statutory obligations of a general
nature and particular statutory obligations in connection with the
lands, the subject of the Leases.
of Sydney Water Corporation are contained in part 6 of the Water
Board (Corporatisation) Act. Section 21(1) of the Act lists the
principle objectives of the Corporation relevantly to the Wingecarribee
Swamp two of those are respectively to protect the environment
by conducting its operation in compliance with the principles
of ecologically sustainable development contained in Section 6(2)
of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991 and
to protect public health by supplying safe drinking water to its
customers and other members of the public in compliance with the
requirements of any Operating Licence. Additionally Section 22
of the Water Board (Corporatisation) Act imposes two special objectives
upon the Corporation - a) to reduce risks to human health and
b) to prevent degradation of the environment. A further and equally
ranked objective of the Corporation is to be a successful business.
Board (Corporatisation) Act, 1994, Section 12(1) empowered the
Governor of New South Wales to grant one or more operating licences
to enable Sydney Water Corporation to carry out in accordance
with the said Act, various functions and to provide systems and
services storing or supplying water, sewerage and related matters.
Accordingly, on 21st December, 1994, the Governor of New South
Wales granted an operating licence to SWC under Section 12. (See
Annexure 11 )
5.23 of that licence imposed an obligation on SWC to complete the
development of a joint plan with National Parks and Wildlife Service
for the management of areas known as the Wingecarribee Swamp. The
joint plan was on 10th February, 1997, adopted by SWC and forwarded
to the National Parks and Wildlife Service for adoption.
Water Corporation Ltd, Mine Warden Inquiry, Submission 1997.