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Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Our mission is to help conserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains
and to increase awareness of the natural environment in general.
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Leave Radiata Plateau Wild
Urgent action required now!
Radiata Plateau Radiata Plateau from the Megalong Valley  (Alan Page)
Radiata Plateau is currently for sale.

Radiata Plateau is home to rare and threatened species, is culturally significant to the Aboriginal community and is a magnet for bushwalkers, birdwatchers, and rock climbers. It is the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau in the upper Blue Mountains.

We asking you to urgently send a letter to Matt Kean, NSW Minister for the Environment, asking the NSW Government to acquire the Plateau and include it the national park system, safeguarding the Plateau’s biodiversity and heritage values and ensuring ongoing public access.

Our goal is 500 letters sent to the Minister in the next 20 days!

The Society has already written to Minister Kean.

For more information visit our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild website.

Katoomba Airfield Lease
Have Your Say NOW!

The Katoomba Airfield Community Group and the Society are letterboxing the Blue Mountains with this leaflet.

We need walkers, especially in the mid to lower mountains, to letterbox drop IMMEDIATELY.

If you can help us, please contact :

Denise Thompson (KACG) at medlowcanyons@gmail.com
Di Shanks (BMCS) at msdshanks@gmail.com

Katoomba Airfield Lease
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.

cartoon courtesy of Greg Gaul cartoon courtesy of Greg Gaul
What you an do - action required now

Here's how to make a submission.

There's three main messages we aim to get across, it is best to put them in your OWN words. Also include anything else you are concerned about.

  1. OBJECT to any COMMERCIAL lease for this PUBLIC land
  2. This land should be PUT INTO THE NATIONAL PARK
  3. Keep the airfield for EMERGENCY USE ONLY

Submissions close on the 4 August 2019.

For more information, visit our Katoomba Airfield Lease webpage or that of the Katoomba Airfield Community Group.

Site clearing on Bodington Hill
for ‘Flora and Fauna Park’
Land Clearing Land Clearing  (courtesy Blue Mountains Gazette)
Earlier this year, up to 4ha of native vegetation and trees was clear-felled on Bodington Hill, Wentworth Falls (next to Dillinger’s Nursery).

This is the site of the controversial ‘Flora and Fauna Park’ which was the subject of a major community campaign opposing the development 30 years ago. "The Croc Park".

The developer told the Blue Mountains Gazette that the plan is for a $30 million dollar "five to six star" wildlife park development with 40 hotel rooms,

Here's more information on this, the "Zombie DA" that underpins it and the Society's actions.

Destination Pagoda
Lost City Lost City  (Henry Gold)
Our Destination Pagoda movie was shown to a full house at Mount Vic Flicks on 2 July.

We are now reviewing options for the next screening.

To support the Destination Pagoda vision for a Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, write a letter to the Hon. Paul Toole, Member for Bathurst and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, seeking his support for our detailed reserve establishment plan called Destination Pagoda. Mr. Toole’s electorate includes the Gardens of Stone unprotected area.

Here's how to send a letter.

It's very important that Mr. Toole hears from supporters on this proposal. The proposal is at a critical time.

Destination Pagoda proposes a world class tourism and conservation reserve on Lithgow’s doorstep. A new reserve, called the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, will complete Myles Dunphy’s visionary 1932 Blue Mountains National Park scheme.

A key design element of Destination Pagoda is the creation of low-key visitor opportunities close to Lithgow beside upgraded existing road access linked to the town. The gentle plateau terrain with its distinctive pagoda rocks contain many sites for a variety of family-suitable, low-key visitor facilities that combine to give Lithgow’s Gardens of Stone great potential to attract visitors interested in experiencing nature.

The beauty of the Destination Pagoda scheme is that new visitor facilities can be established beside pagoda landscapes of great scenic beauty around Lithgow that are need of restoration and rehabilitation, while more remote, pristine landscapes are protected.

The forests next to Lithgow are amongst the most diverse in NSW and contain 84 threatened plant and animal species, including the Blue Mountains Water Skink and Giant Dragonfly, as well as 16 rare and threatened communities. They deserve effective conservation management by the NPWS.

Visit our Gardens of Stone webpages.

No Western Sydney Airport
No Western Sydney Airport bumper sticker
No Western Sydney Airport bumper sticker

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.

See more on our campaign against Western Sydney Airport