Role of Government

NSW Wetlands Management Policy

The NSW Wetlands Management Policy is to be applied and implemented by all Government agencies such that there is no further degradation of wetlands in the State.

The Policy states:

The ecological sustainable use, management and conservation of wetlands in NSW for the benefit of present and future generations.

This Policy aims to:

  • Halt, and where possible reverse
    • loss of wetland vegetation
    • declining water quality
    • declining natural productivity
    • declining natural flood mitigation and
    • loss of biological diversity, and
  • Encourage projects and activities that will restore the quality of the State’s Wetlands.


Andrew Philippa Resource Officer, Catchment Planning Sydney South Coast Region, Department of Land and Water Conservation Hydrology Comments, Mine Warden Inquiry, May 1997, Exhibit 88.

Malcolm Forbes, Assistant Secretary Sustainable Water Branch, Biodiversity Group, Environment Australia, Mining Warden's Inquiry, 24 April 1997, Exhibit 99.

Phillip Kodela, NSW Wetlands Management Policy Implications for Wingecarribee Swamp, National Parks Journal, August 1999.

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