Role of Government

Endangered Species Protection Act 1992

Peat Mining at Wingecarribee was identified by the Endangered Species Scientific Subcommittee (ESSS) as a threatening process under the Act. (see document)

The Act enables a threatening process to be identified if

  1. it:
    1. adversely affects 2 or more listed species or 2 or more listed ecological communities; or
    2. could cause native species or ecological communities that are not endangered to become endangered; and
  2. the preparation and implementation of a nationally co-ordinated threat abatement plan is a feasible, effective and efficient way to abate the process.

The committee identified two listed plant species which were being adversely affected by mining of peat: Gentiana wingecarribiensis and Prasophyllum uroglossum. It argued that continued peat mining could cause these species to become extinct.

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Endangered Species Advisory Committee, Australian National Strategy for the Conservation of Australian Species and Communities Threatened with Extinction, National Parks and Wildlife Service, 1992.


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