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Leave Radiata Plateau Wild  (Robert Linigen) - now bought by the NSW Government
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Many of our members are participating in the Extinction Rebellion.

This article in The Age newspaper explains why.

For more information, go to our Climate Change webpage.

The 2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future
Friday 15 November
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
6.30pm for refreshments - 7:15pm sharp start
Dr Joëlle Gergis
"Climate change history: shaping future life on earth"

Dr Joelle Gergis Dr Joëlle Gergis
The 2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future is your chance to get the facts, with a presentation from internationally recognised expert on climate variability and change, Dr Joëlle Gergis.

Co-presented by Varuna the National Writers’ House and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the Mick Dark Talk for the Future is an annual address on the environment, inviting prominent and authoritative thinkers to discuss their work on subjects that provoke and inspire.

Dr Gergis is the author of Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia, and a councillor of the Climate Council.

Here's more information and how to book.

Leave Radiata Plateau Wild

Radiata Plateau has been bought by the NSW Government

Radiata Plateau Radiata Plateau from the Megalong Valley  (Alan Page)
The NSW Minister for the Environment, Matt Kean, has announced the NSW Government’s purchase of Radiata Plateau for incorporation into the national park system.

Here's -

  * Minister Kean's media release

  * Sydney Morning Herald article

  * Blue Mountains Gazette article

We are absolutely delighted by this news and would like to congratulate Minister Kean on his decision to purchase the Plateau for inclusion in the national park system, thus safeguarding its future.

This landmark decision is a major win for the environment, and for the Blue Mountains community.

It has been the strong community and environmental support that has maintained the pressure on the Minister and we would like to thank everyone who participated in Leave Radiata Plateau Wild: writing letters, attending rallies, participating in videos, hanging banners and placards, and so much more, to advocate for the protection of this unique area. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Thank you!

For more information visit our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild website.

Greta Thunberg's UN Address

United in Science report informs Climate Action Summit
United Science Key Message Circle United in Science Key Message Circle
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The world’s leading climate science organisations have joined forces to produce a landmark report for the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

It underlines the glaring – and growing – gap between agreed targets to tackle global warming and the actual reality.

The report, United in Science, includes details on the state of the climate and presents trends in the emissions and atmospheric concentrations of the main greenhouse gases.

It highlights the urgency of fundamental socio-economic transformation in key sectors such as land use and energy in order to avert dangerous global temperature increase with potentially irreversible impacts.

Highlights from the report include:

Also see the Society's Climate Change webpage.

Katoomba Airfield Lease
cartoon courtesy of Greg Gaul cartoon courtesy of Greg Gaul
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.

A petition with over 12,000 signatures has been presented to state parliament and was discussed on 1 August.

The public submission period closed on the 4 August with over 1,500 submissions being received by the Dept.

At its 27 August meeting, the Blue Mountains City Council voted against a commercial lease.

The final decision will be published here.

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.