Government resumed Swamp for water supply for the Municipality
from Sydney University found the swamp to be rich in flora
and to be an important palynological
Special Licence was granted to Mr Pike by the Department of
Mineral Resources (DMR) to mine peat from the Swamp. He applied
for a second lease.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was established
and immediately proceeded to investigate the swamp.
Shire Council (the consent authority) established a planning
ordinance requiring all extractive industries to obtain Council
Water Board (MWSDB) indicated plans to construct a dam on
the Wingecarribee River inundating up to a third of the swamp.
NPWS proposed a nature reserve for all or part of the eastern
end of the swamp which was not to be inundated by the waters
of the proposed dam and reservoir.
Water Board agreed in principle to the dedication of the swamp
as a nature reserve, but suggested waiting until the dam had
been constructed and the reservoir filled.
of Mines rejected NPWS proposal for a nature reserve.
gave Mr Pike another 6 month lease.
proposed nature reserve over all land not inundated and wildlife
refuge for land to be inundated by the reservoir waters.
did not object to the wildlife refuge but objected to the
nature reserve proposal, saying they wouldn't object after
mining operations expire.
renewed Pike leases 567 and 568 for 20 years.
Reservoir inundated part of the Swamp.
No objections for a wildlife refuge from the Water Board.
Board weren't prepared to take management responsibility for
wildlife refuge so NPWS absolved proposal.
study of brown carbonaceous claystone indicate that the material
was deposited during the mid Pliocene.
Wingecarribee Local Environment Plan proclaimed with zones
Heritage Commission listed Wingecarribee Swamp on the Register
of the National Estate
mining lease 568 expired.
Trust (NSW) listed Wingecarribee Swamp Landscape Conservation
Area on Australian National Trust Register.
mining lease 567 expired.
of Swamp transferred to the Water Board, excluding the two
operations became subject to State Environmental Planning
Policy (SEPP) 37 (Continued Mines and Extractive Industries).
Miners without development consent were required to register
to get development consent. Mining was to continue for two
years (September 1995) under SEPP moratorium.
applied to Wingecarribee Council for registration under SEPP
37 and Council found that its mining activities were incompatible
with the SEPP provisions.
advised Pike that Bowral Municipal Council (which was not
the consent authority of the day) had given development consent
Board proclaims Wingecarribee Swamp as Catchment Area for
supply of water.
Swamp was listed by Environment Australia as a "Wetland
of National Significance".
Board becomes Sydney Water Corporation and preparation of the
Plan of Management for Wingecarribee Swamp commenced
Peat takes over mining operations at Wingecarribee from Pike
moratorium for gaining development consent expires.
of Urban Affairs and Planning (DUAP) requested DMR not renew
and NPWS completed a draft Plan of Management of Swamp for
public comment Public meeting held to discuss the draft.
of Management completed after three more public meetings.
Plan identifies the need to establish a nature reserve and
for peat mining to be phased out.
and SWC agree in principle to the transfer of ownership of
the Swamp if a nature reserve is established following the
cessation of mining.
Heritage Council recommends that an Interim Conservation Order
be placed on Wingecarribee Swamp
Warden held Inquiry into the renewal of the licences.
released heavy load of muddy water into Reservoir.
serves notice on mine to contain muddy water
Warden conveys findings to the Minster for Mineral Resources
but access is refused to participants.
green algae caused massive fish kill.
Conservation Order stops mining in March.
for Mineral Resources recommends to Premier that leases be
prepare case for Swamp to be recommended as a Wetland of International
Significance under the International
collapses in August.