Guide to the Records of the Wilderness Protection Committee

MS 6087

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Records of the Wilderness Protection Committee
Date Range
1972-1973
Collection Number
MS 6087
Extent
0.56 metres (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The records include correspondence, notes, drafts, cuttings, copy of its constitution, submissions, minutes of meetings, leaflets, photographs and some printed material.

The main correspondents include the Australian Conservation Foundation, East Australia Pipeline Corporation, Sir Robert Askin, Wal Fife, C.H. Bannister, T.L. Lewis and Harold O'Neill. Copies of letters of R.D. Wood, Secretary of the Wilderness Protection Committee, are also included.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2594506).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Records of the Wilderness Protection Committee, National Library of Australia, MS 6087, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The collection was donated by the Secretary of the Committee to the National Library in 1979.

Arrangement

The records have been kept in numbered files and have been listed by the Committee. The National Library has preserved this arrangement.

Administrative History

The Wilderness Protection Committee was formed in 1972. The aim of the organisation was to ensure that environmental study and public enquiries were undertaken before projects which could endanger national parks went ahead.

The Committee was formed by a group of people who were concerned about the proposed route of the gas pipelines from South Australia to Sydney. The original plan was to take the pipelines through the Blue Mountains National Park. The campaign was successful in stopping the pipelines from being built through the environmentally sensitive Hawkesbury River area.

Item Descriptions

Series 1. General records, 1972-73

The records include a copy of the constitution, notes, photocopies, leaflets, submissions and photographs relating to the activities of the Wilderness Protection Committee and the natural gas pipeline.

The list of files was compiled by the Committee.

File 1. River and Peak Explorers: constitution and record of early activities - Box 1

File 2. Wilderness Protection Committee: aims of the Committee, record of its early activities and notes on possible action on the gas pipeline - Box 1

File 3. Document prepared by the Wilderness Protection Committee containing information collected on the natural gas pipeline - Box 1

File 4. Notes on the drafts of studies on gas pipeline capacity - Box 1

File 5. Journal articles, tender documents and miscellaneous information - Box 1

File 6. Documents relating to environmental legislation and other acts of Parliament; and brochures published by government authorities - Box 1

File 7. Material relating to the preparation of a brochure entitled 'Natural gas for Sydney - What price progress' by the Wilderness Protection Committee - Box 1

File 8. Material relating to a public meeting held at Springwood in the Blue Mountains on 8 December 1972 - Box 1

File 9. Photographs relating to gas pipeline issue and for election campaign publicity - Box 1

File 10. Distribution lists for gas pipeline brochure and gas pipeline information sheets and list of contemporary conservation societies and related organisations - Box 1

File 11. Preliminary Environmental Impact Statement for natural gas pipeline - Box 1

File 12. State Pollution Control Commission Enquiry: submissions notes and references - Box 2

File 13. State Pollution Control Commission Enquiry: proceedings of the first day and submissions of other organisations - Box 2

File 14. State Pollution Control Commission Enquiry: report and findings of the Commissioner - Box 2

File 15. Hawkesbury By-election: notes on media campaign, drafts of news releases, news releases and other publicity material - Box 2

File 16. Hawkesbury By-election: notes on brochure preparation, final brochures and 'How-to-vote' tickets - Box 2

File 17. Hawkesbury By-election: publicity material distributed by other candidates - Box 2

File 18. Documents relating to other environmental issues - Box 2

File 19. Environmental Election Lobby: minutes of meetings (1973), publicity material, correspondence (1973) and other material - Box 2

Series 2. Newspaper clippings, 1972-73

The cuttings, which were arranged according to subjects, relate to the natural gas pipeline controversy and Hawkesbury and Parramatta by-elections, 1972-73.

File 1. Gas pipeline and closely related issues - Box 2

File 2. Pipe supply contract controversy - Box 2

File 3. Issues related to gas pipeline issue (decentralisation, service corridors and regional growth) - Box 3

File 4. Published letters on gas pipeline, Hawkesbury by-election and other issues - Box 3

File 5. General gas and energy issues - Box 3

File 6. Commonwealth Government role in gas pipeline issue - Box 3

File 7. Notifications of intention to apply for a permit - Box 3

File 8. Hawkesbury by-election and related issues - Box 3

File 9. General environmental issues - Box 3

File 10. Newspaper supplements and features - Box 4

File 11. Parramatta by-election and related issues - Box 4

Series 3. Correspondence, 1972-73

The files comprise correspondence with Federal and State politicians, government departments, conservation organisations and the media, 1972-73. The correspondents include the Australian Conservation Foundation, East Australia Pipeline Corporation, Sir Robert Askin, R.D. Wood, Wal Fife, C.H. Bannister, T.L. Lewis and Harold O'Neill.

File 1. State politicians - Box 4

File 2. Commonwealth politicians - Box 4

File 3. State and Commonwealth Government departments and organisations - Box 4

File 4. East Australia Pipeline Corporation - Box 4

File 5. Australian Conservation Foundation - Box 4

File 6. Conservation organisations - Box 4

File 7. The media - Box 4

File 8. General - Box 4