Katoomba Airfield is a public land inholding in the Blue Mountains National Park sitting above the Grand Canyon and Grose valley.
There is a long history of agreement from Blue Mountains City Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Crown Lands that the airfield should be incorporated into the Blue Mountains National Park with continued use for emergency purposes.
Instead the Dept of Industry is considering granting a commercial lease over the airfield to a private aviation tourism company for things such as helicopter scenic flights.
This may be the LAST chance for the community to have a say - perhaps for decades!
Here are three main messages we aim to get across, it is best to put them in your OWN words. You should of course focus on anything else you are concerned about.
SUBMISSIONS can be made until the 4th August 2019 - either online, by email or mail.
Online information about the proposal and making a submission can be found at: here
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting Ref No 602686 in the email subject line.
Be sure to include your name and address.
Australia Post submissions to:
Gardens of Stone: Living Landscape, a documentary by Award winning film-maker, Tom Zubrycki, tells the story of the Gardens of Stone campaign and how the future of this amazing region hangs in the balance.
The Society has organised a showing of this film at the iconic Mount Vic Flicks at 7pm Tuesday 2 July. This is a second opportunity in the mountains to see this inspiring film and learn how a Gardens of Stone state conservation area could be managed.
Guest speaker Ian Brown, adventurer, climber and respected park management consultant, will then outline the potential of the Gardens of Stone as a world-class tourism and conservation reserve.
Destination Pagoda, a visitor management plan for the Gardens of Stone (co-authored by Ian and Elizabeth Dudley-Bestow), outlines a program to create an iconic, rewarding, must-see tourist destination.
Mount Vic Flicks’ renowned Snack Bar will be open
Come along and support the Gardens of Stone campaign!
The event brings together a celebration of Lithgow’s rich union and coal mining history and its spectacularly beautiful pagoda landscape known as the Gardens of Stone.
This celebration fulfils CRUMA’s resolution of the 5 December, 2018:
Well over 800 people marched through Katoomba on Sunday 9th June protesting about the proposed raising of Warragamba Dam.
If the dam wall is raised, 4,700 hectares of World Heritage listed National Parks and 1,800 hectares of declared Wilderness Areas will be forever scarred from sedimentation, erosion and invasion of exotic plants.
Raising Warragamba Dam will inundate 65 kilometres of Blue Mountain's wild rivers and affect 45 Indigenous sacred sites.
Read the Blue Mountains Gazette article which includes 64 photos of the march.
For more information, visit the Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers website.
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Sitting on the southern escarpment, Radiata Plateau with its outstanding topography is the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau in the upper Blue Mountains.
Home to rare and threatened species, culturally significant and a magnet for the local outdoor community, Radiata Plateau, towering high above rolling valleys has been in the making for millennia.
Here's the Open Letter to the Hon. Gabrielle Upton, NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage published in the Blue Mountains Gazette on 5th December.
Visit our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild webpages.
One of the most beautiful and intricate sandstone landscapes in Australia - dramatically coloured escarpments and headlands, slot canyons, cave overhangs, ancient sand dunes and the complex arrays of internationally significant rock turrets known as pagodas.
Huge plant diversity, including more than 1,000 species and 33 different vegetation communities (15 of which are threatened or poorly conserved), ancient montane heathlands; nationally endangered upland swamps and a unique species of snow gum.
Learn about the amazing Gardens of Stone, why it needs protecting and how you can help our campaign.
Visit our Gardens of Stone webpages.
The Society believes that the Western Sydney Airport and its attendant infrastructure and associated industries poses a very real threat to the GBMWHA. And as a result, the Airport is a threat to the Blue Mountains communities, tourism and businesses.
The principal impact on the GBMWHA and Blue Mountains communities of the proposed Western Sydney Airport is aircraft noise.