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Acid Sulphate Soils


Acid sulfate soils are generally found in layers on the floodplain at various depths below the surface. Their exposure to the air can result in the production of sulfuric acid, which can reduce the agricultural productivity of land and cause environmental damage to aquatic ecosystems.  For current information on acid sulfate soils, click here.

In general, development consent is needed for works in areas identified as having the potential for acid sulfate soils, dependent on the work proposed and the risk class of the land.  Note there are some specific exemptions for land used for the cultivation of sugar cane. The most current maps showing acid sulfate soils can be found below.

Anyone proposing excavation or work which may lower the water table on or adjacent to the flood plain (below 10 metres AHD) should contact Council's Development and Environmental Health Group on telephone (02) 6686 4444 to ascertain whether their property has been identified on the risk maps and whether the work will require development consent.

Farmers wishing to obtain technical advice on the management of acid sulfate soils are encouraged to contact the Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute on (02) 6626 1200 or visit their website.

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