position on Renewal of Leases
South Wales peat is prescribed as a mineral for the purposes of
the Mining Act, 1992; being listed in Schedule 1 - Minerals and
in Schedule 2 - Groups of Minerals (Elemental minerals (non-metallics)).
of and provision of advice on peat and other industrial minerals
and rocks in New South Wales are the responsibility of the Land
Use and Resource Assessment Section of the Geological Survey...
enactment of the
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979), greater emphasis
was placed on the formulation of policies for the management of
important natural resources (including mineral resources), and it
was intended that the completed studies by the Department and the
NPWS would form the basis of a State Environmental Plan for Peat.
However, this Plan was never brought to fruition.
primary investigations of peat in the State were completed in 1983.
A position paper (Oakes, 1982) was prepared to provide a basis for
the formulation of the Department's strategies for the development
of peat resources, and for the formulation of State Government policies
on peat. The investigation involved the inspection and sampling
of a large number of peat occurrences throughout the State, the
evaluation of their mode of occurrence and economic potential, and
a review of the industrial applications of peat and factors influencing
its exploitation. Extensive discussions were held at that time with
producers and consumers of peat...
early 1980's, the Department has maintained a 'watching brief' on
developments involving the State's peat resources. It also reviewed
the circumstances of the State's peat industry, the potential for
further development, and constraints on that potential in 1990-91
during the deliberations of the Industrial Minerals Development
Strategies Task Force (1991) and in preparation of the report "The
Status of the Construction Material, Industrial Mineral and Metalliferous
Mineral Resources of New South Wales" (Oakes, 1993).
Michael Oakes, Senior Geologist, Land Use and Resource Assessment
Section, Geological Survey Division, NSW Department of Mineral Resources,
The Wingecarribee Swamp Peat Deposit: A Submission to the Chief
Mining Warden's Inquiry into Renewal of Special Lease 567 and 568
(Act 1906) to Mine Peat, 1967.