The National Parks & Wildlife Service seeks submissions by 5 July 2022 on proposals to manage the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area. The draft plan of management for the reserve is vague and the accompanying draft Master Plan for visitor management creates a parallel process that has no legal force.
Except for pest management strategies, the draft plan of management has few details on nature conservation action. There are no restoration management actions, apart from studies, to spend the very large biodiversity offset fund available for this work.
The draft plan proposes a Lost City adventure activity precinct and up to four accommodation nodes. Yet what is proposed to be built will be decided through commercial-in-confidence lease negotiations.
This important physical and cultural landscape is under threat.
The Pilliga is the biggest temperate forest in NSW and one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Eastern Australia.
The Pilliga Scrub, as it is often referred to, is an iconic Australian landscape of over 5,000 km2 of woodland and is abundant in native wildlife including many threatened animals.
Hosted by the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.
A Great Grose Weed Walk activity is your chance to join the many other caring and hardworking Blue Mountains Bushcare volunteers in their long term efforts to stop weeds invading the Grose Valley Wilderness Area.
You'll find more information on the Great Grose Weed Walk webpage.
The future of this beautiful conservation area containing two spectacular mesas at Airly and Genowlan is at risk of further damage. It was supposed to be protected from subsidence when a mining extension was approved there in 2016.
What happens here could also influence protection levels for any new mining under the recently announced Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area.
Centennial Coal representatives were reported to be meeting government regulators last week. The Society has written to the Minister for Planning calling for the mining company to be prosecuted and all steps taken to ensure any further damage does not occur. However, we are concerned that the law may not be strong enough.
You can help by writing to the Minister for Planning asking for every effort to be taken to ensure the "spectacular geodiversity with majestic cliffs and rock formations" in Mugii Murum-ban are protected from now on and any unlawful damage is penalised. This is the link to send a message to the NSW Minister for Planning.
The Society has also written to the Minister for Environment as National Parks and Wildlife Service own Mugii Murum-ban SCA.
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.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released on 29 September 2021.
Submissions closed on Sunday 19 December.
Is land clearing going on near you? How can you check that it is being done legally?
Want to know how to write a submission opposing or supporting a Development Application?
Look no further - the Society's Planning & Development Resource Kit may help you.
The company’s temporary licence to access the site will also be revoked and it will be required to vacate the site within 28 days.
The site will remain open to emergency services.
Here's the NSW Government's announcement.
Here's our Katoomba Airfield Lease webpages.
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry have concluded. Here are their reports (all documents are around 18MB each) -
And here's the Society's submission to the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry.
Our Bushfires webpage (updated in May 2021) contains a detailed analysis of the 2019-20 bushfires and their impact on the Greater Blue Mountains - including maps, an assessment of areas burnt and the loss of wildlife. Information on recovery and What You Can Do is there, plus some articles on firefighting.
The 2020 National Bushfire and Climate Summit brought together hundreds of participants from across the country and the world to share their experiences, and to formulate recommendations to address the worsening risk of devastating bushfires fuelled by climate change.
The Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan is the culmination of that effort.
The Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan provides a broad plan and practical ideas for governments, fire and land management agencies and communities to help us mitigate and adapt to worsening fire conditions.
The plan’s 165 recommendations include many measures that can be implemented right now, to ensure communities are better protected.
The experts agree: We must tackle climate change and worsening extreme weather by urgently phasing out fossil fuels.
The Blue Mountains Conservation Society participated in this summit and endorses this plan.
Government and business action is crucial in addressing climate change, but our personal actions also make a difference.
The Society has prepared a Climate Action Now Flyer that details the changes you can make to -
We also encourage you to Raise Your Voice On Climate Change by -
We acknowledge Katrina Shields, Zero Emissions Byron, who inspired production of this flyer.