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Native Plant Nursery
Native Plant Nursery
Sunday 14 April
Our nursery stall at the Blackheath Growers Market
Earth Day Picnic for Peace
Blue Mountains Peace Collective
Sunday 21 April 12.30pm
Wilson Park, Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls
Senate Inquiry into
aircraft noise
aircraft noise
Have your say!

Submissions close 30 April
Indian Myna Eradication Project Information Event
Indian Myna
Sat. 4 May at 2.30pm
Lithgow Transformation Hub
April Hut News
The Society's newsletter
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
(John French)
Annual General Meeting
Dr. Ian Wright
Wednesday 27 March
Dr. Ian Wright presents
State of Our Waterways
Gecko Newsletter
Autumn 2024 edition
Gecko Newsletter
Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare's newsletter
Proposed Housing Reforms
Welcome to the Blue Mountains

We've had our say!
Read our submission
Western Sydney International
Western Sydney International (image: Andrzej Kostrzewa)

We've had our say!
Read our submission
Soft Plastics and
e-Waste Recycling
Soft Plastics and e-Waste Recycling
Blue Mountains City Council commences new soft plastics and e-waste recycling trial

Senate Inquiry into aircraft noise 2024
Have your say!
Submissions are due by 30 April 2024

aircraft noise
Aircraft noise from Western Sydney Airport will affect all Blue Mountains residents.

Now is the chance to have your say!

On 6 February 2024 the Senate agreed to establish an inquiry into aircraft noise.

It is crucial that Blue Mountains residents take this opportunity to make a submission about the impact flight paths out of Western Sydney International airport will have - on our lives and on our precious World Heritage Area.

The Inquiry won’t know that Western Sydney and Blue Mountains residents are deeply concerned about the potential effects of aircraft unless we tell them.

What is the Inquiry investigating?

The impact and mitigation of aircraft noise on residents and business in capital cities and regional towns, with particular reference to:

  1. the effect of aircraft noise on amenity, physical and mental wellbeing and everyday life of residents;
  2. the effect of aircraft noise on small business;
  3. any proposals for the mitigation and limitation of aircraft noise, including flight curfews, changes to flight paths and alternatives to air travel;
  4. any barriers to the mitigation and limitation of aircraft noise; and
  5. any other related matters.

Where is the information about Western Sydney International flight paths?

Here is a list of resources to help you:

What you need to do:

We need as many people as possible to communicate their concerns about the flight paths and aircraft noise issues, so the Inquiry understands the breadth and depth of the issues that need to be addressed. A large volume of submissions will ensure a good understanding of how detrimental these problems are for Blue Mountains residents and the environment.

It is important that you write your submission in your own words and address the points that concern you. The best submissions:

Your response can be submitted online here

If you are unable to write a submission, you can use your phone or computer to make a voice-to-text submission (details on how to do this on this webpage

If you need some help writing your submission, feel free to contact Annette Cam on president@bluemountains.org.au

Submissions are due by 30 April 2024

Earth Day Picnic for Peace
Sunday 21 April 12.30pm
Wilson Park, Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls
On Sunday April 21, the day before EARTH DAY, the Blue Mountains Peace Collective is holding a Picnic for Peace.

We will launch a brochure "War Costs The Climate" about huge greenhouse gas emissions, the danger of war, and the AUKUS war pact.

The Wilson Park picnic will be near the station and shops. The park has picnic tables [some covered], playground, toilets and other facilities. A couple of small gazebos will be installed for the picnic. We will go ahead unless the weather is quite bad.

Bring a picnic lunch to mark Earth Day and learn some more about the military’s war on nature. Here's more details

Some acoustic performances including the local Ecopella Choir will entertain along with a couple of local poets. Offers to provide acoustic cultural contributions are welcome. Please contact the Collective's email address to let us know so we can manage the event.

There will be a short introduction to the brochure’s contents and discussion about climate change, the military’s war on nature, the danger of major power wars, and the AUKUS war pact.

Here's a poster

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 27 March
Paul Vale Paul Vale in the 1980s
At our Annual General Meeting on 27 March, Annette Cam was re-elected president. Here's her presentation for the 2023-24 Society year.

The 2024-25 Management Committee was elected and office holders can be found here.

Three members have stepped down from the Management Committee. They are Hayley Poyton (Publicity Officer), Paul Vale (Bushcare Officer) and Ross Coster (Membership Secretary).

Andrew Solomon is our new Membership Secretary - and has relinquished the Events Coordinator role.

Annette Sartor has joined the Management Committee as Education Officer.

Ross Coster Ross Coster in 1987
Heather Hull presented the financial report as Elizabeth Howard could not attend the meeting.

The proposed changes to the Society's constitution, as detailed in the March Hut News, were approved and our revised constitution can be found here. It now goes to the NSW Department of Fair Trading for ratification.

Ross Coster, who has served the Society for over 15 years, and who is a life member, gave a moving valedictory speech.

The AGM was followed by an engaging presentation on the health of the Blue Mountains waterways by Dr. Ian Wright.

The Society, or should I say the environment, has had the benefit of Ian's expertise for quite a few years beginning with the Delta Electricity case when it was proved, and they admitted, to polluting the Coxs River.

And ten years ago our Wollangambe Campaign.

An AGM Gallery. Click images to see a larger version

Indian Myna Eradication Project - Information Event
Saturday 4 May, 2.30 - 5.30pm
Lithgow Transformation Hub, Maldhan Ngurr Ngurra,
154 Mort Street, Lithgow
The Lithgow Environment Group's Indian Myna Eradication Project warmly invites you to a presentation and Q&A session by the President and Vice President of the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG).

CIMAG is a community group formed in April 2006 to reduce the impact of this exotic invader.

CIMAG has the aim of protecting our native birds and other wildlife from the threat posed by the Indian Myna (or Common Myna), to reduce the loss of public amenity that they cause and to minimise possible human health risks.

The group has made a significant impact on the population of mynas in the Canberra region.

Light refreshments provided by Secret Creek Café

RSVP: Friday, 26 April to: oddiechristine@gmail.com

Here's a brochure

April Hut News
the Society's newsletter

The April 2024 edition of Hut News is now available for downloading.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater Yellow-faced Honeyeater  (John French)
In this edition you will find:

Native Plant Nursery
Cut-leaf Mint-bush Cut-leaf Mint-bush (Prostanthera incisa)  (Gisela Schumacher)
The Society's Native Plant Nursery will be at the Blackheath Growers Market.

We will have a good selection of tube stock: Prostanthera (mint bush) for a splash of purple or mauve, Crowea and Bauera pretty in pink, Acacia for a bright gold, and many more.

Visit our Native Plant Nursery webpage for our range of plants.

For enquiries or to place an order - Please contact : Nursery Manager, Paul Irwin: plantnurserybmcs@outlook.com

Proposed Housing Reforms
We've had our say
Read our submission

Welcome to the Blue Mountains Welcome to the Blue Mountains
The NSW Government’s commitment to increase housing supply under the National Housing Accord has resulted in another ‘one-size-fits-all’ planning proposal that will radically change the character of the Blue Mountains.

Under the government’s proposal, increased building heights and density will be permitted in certain areas. In the Blue Mountains this will mean:

These new heights and densities (called ‘non-refusal standards’) will override Council’s current development controls, including environmental and heritage protections.

You won’t know that one is being built next door until the bulldozer or concrete truck arrives.

Is this what we want for the Blue Mountains?

Here's more information including the points you may wish to make in your submission.

Here's the Society's submission

Flight Paths Impact
Western Sydney International Airport
Submissions now closed

Here's the Society's submission on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport Airspace and Flight Design.

Residents Against Western Sydney Airport Update No 39 - March 2024 - what's the latest!

Background and Concerns

Tawny Frogmouth a disturbed Tawny Frogmouth  (Alan Page)
The Western Sydney International airport will be operational in 2026 and at capacity in 2055 when it is predicted there will be 226,000 flights out of WSI per year – that is 619 flights per day. At least half of these flights will go over some part of the Blue Mountains.

The flight paths cross most of the 1.03 million hectares of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In areas furthest from the airport, the height of flights will be up to 20,000ft above the runway. Remember – the elevation of the Blue Mountains increases as you move west. So if you live at Katoomba (elevation 1023m = 3356 ft) and the flight goes overhead at 17,500ft above the runway, then it is at a height of 14,144 ft above you.

These flight paths will change the way we live and enjoy our lives and they are permanent. We do not believe that our concerns have been listened to in the past.

We are concerned about:

We want:

What Other Organisations are saying and doing

World Heritage Status
Here's the Blue Mountains City Council's media release raising concerns to our World Heritage status due to flight paths.
Linden Residents' Initiative
Linden residents have created a website on the impact on them and how to make a submission.
RAWSA Update
Residents Against Western Sydney Airport Update No 38 provides a guide on how to make a submission, and what else you can do.
BMCC Submission
Here's the Blue Mountains City Council's submission.
WHI Submission
Here's the World Heritage Institute's submission.

Gecko Newsletter
Autumn 2024 edition
Gecko Newsletter
Gecko is the Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare's seasonal newsletter.

The Autumn 2024 Edition is now available to download.

In this issue you will find -

First Nations: Local News and Alerts: Ecological Restoration & Biodiversity Science: Extra: What’s on – Autumn 2024:

Previous editions of the Gecko Newsletter can be found here.

Information about the Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare can be found here.

Blue Mountains City Council commences
new soft plastics and e-waste recycling trial
Soft Plastics and e-Waste Recycling
The Blue Mountains City Council is running a new recycling trial from Monday 13 November 2023 to June 2024.

During the trial period, residents can drop off household quantities of soft plastics for recycling for free at Blaxland and Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facilities.

Residents can also now drop off all e-waste (anything with a cord) for recycling at the facilities.

Council has teamed up with RecycleSmart who will collect the soft plastics and e-waste items and deliver them to their recycling partners for processing.

These new options will allow residents to divert waste from landfill and help the Blue Mountains transition to a circular economy.

The circular economy reduces waste by sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended and can minimise the amount of waste in landfills.

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “As part of Council’s goal to transition the Blue Mountains to a circular economy, we have found a solution to assist residents to recycle their soft plastics and e-waste and help divert them from landfill.

“This means residents can confidently recycle soft plastics including bread bags, bubble wrap, cereal box liners, packets from lollies, chocolates and chips, resealable bags, grocery bags and plastic film.

“They can also recycle e-waste including all small appliances, DVD players, smartwatches, electric toothbrushes and more.”

Visit the Council's Waste & Recycling webpage for a list of acceptable soft plastics and e-waste items that can be recycled at its facilities.

(The above article was taken from the Council's website.)

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