Blue Mountains - not another suburb of SydneyBlue Mountains - not another suburb of Sydney  (Rob Linigen)
Our mission is to help protect, conserve, and advocate for, the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains.
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Sunset Gathering
Sunset from The Hut (image: Ross Coster)
6.30pm Thurs. 22 February
Conservation Hut
Proposed Housing Reforms
Welcome to the Blue Mountains

Have your say!
Submissions close on
Friday 23 February
Planetary Health Day
Planetary Health Day
Saturday 24 February
9am-3pm at Katoomba
Save Our Shelter
Save Our Shelter
Peaceful Gathering
Saturday 2 March
2pm at Katoomba
Blue Mountains
Edible Garden Trail
Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March
Backyard growers
open their gardens
February Hut News
The Society's newsletter
Native Plant Nursery
Native Plant Nursery
Sunday 10 March
Our nursery stall at the Blackheath Growers Market
Western Sydney International
Western Sydney International (image: Andrzej Kostrzewa)
Submissions regarding the impact of flight paths are now closed
Koalas this summer
Koala & joey
Gecko Newsletter
Gecko Newsletter
Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare's newsletter
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

Proposed Housing Reforms
Have your say
by Friday 23 February

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

February Hut News
the Society's newsletter

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

Agapanthus Agapanthus - off with their heads!
In this edition you will find:

Planetary Health Day
9am-3pm Saturday 24 February
Planetary Health Precinct & Parklands
(former Katoomba Golf Course, 33 Acacia St Katoomba)
Planetary Health Day
A one‑stop shop and fun day to help you tick off all those sustainability goals on your to-do list.

Find ways to save money, reduce disaster risk, and restore the health of our community and planet!

The Society will have a stall providing information about our campaigns and activities. As well we will have free bird nest boxes available.

Here's more information and how to get your free tickets

Organized by Blue Mountains City Council Planetary Health Initiative

Here's a poster

Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March
gardens across the Blue Mountains
Planetary Health Day
The Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail is a celebration of the myriad ways Blue Mountains residents are creating food security, saving money and the environment, while enjoying the health benefits of organically grown fruit and veg.

Over the weekend of 2 and 3 March, backyard growers, large and small, from right across the Blue Mountains region will open their gardens to the public to share their passion and knowledge and inspire home-grown environmental sustainability.

The Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail is one of many trails held throughout the country and is a community run, not-for-profit event, organised by the Blue Mountains Food Co‑op.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to participating school and community gardens.

Here's more information and how to purchase tickets

Save Our Shelter
2pm Saturday 2 March
outside the RSPCA shelter
121-124 Mort St. Katoomba
Save Our Shelter
Dear Blue Mountains Shelter supporters,

The time has come for action.

Will you help us speak up for animals in The Blue Mountains?

On Saturday 2 March 2024, commencing at 2pm, Blue Mountains residents and other members of the public are invited to a peaceful gathering outside the RSPCA shelter in Katoomba at 121-124 Mort St.

Attendees will collectively voice their concerns about the loss of this shelter and what it will mean for vulnerable animals and the community.

It will be a "give-it-back" call for the shelter to be returned to the community who paid for it.

Attendees will hear speakers and/or statements from members of Save Our Shelter, Animal Liberation, the Greens NSW and Animal Justice Party NSW. Our Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle will provide a statement.

Please show your support by attending this important public gathering and sharing the event details with family and friends and more widely.

Facebook Event link here

RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman is still showing no interest at this juncture in giving back the Blue Mountains shelter to the community who built and supported it for decades. No surprises there. We know that for him and his RSPCA NSW Board colleagues the shelter is just an asset and one they would like to monetise. It is time to put pressure on RSPCA NSW big time. Animal Liberation agree with us and have just launched a campaign to have our shelter given back to us. The campaign will reach far and wide and news of RSPCA’s treachery will penetrate well beyond the Mountains.

By the end of June when Council’s contract with RSPCA expires, Council will need a pound and there is no time to waste. The Blue Mountains also needs a shelter where lost or abandoned animals can be cared for and rehomed. The shelter site in Mort St Katoomba can perform both of those functions as it once did - but in the hands of the local community.

The Blue Mountains City Council is the only local entity representing the whole of the Blue Mountains. We are therefore asking the RSPCA to gift the shelter site to the Council. The Council would be able to operate the pound from the site and a Friends of the Pound shelter, similar to those operating elsewhere, can be set up and grow over time to take care of all the shelter operations.

Hope to see you at the rally holding your supportive signs.

Best wishes,
Save Our Shelter

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:

Sunset Gathering
6.30pm Thursday 22 February
Conservation Hut, end of Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls
Dr Roy Tasker Dr Roy Tasker
The Society's annual sunset gathering at the Conservation Hut; for members and guests. Hear about the Society's activities. Light refreshments provided.

The guest speaker is Roy Tasker on Biochar production and use.

Dr Roy Tasker, Chief Scientific Advisor at Planet Ark, Climate Reality Leader, and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry Education at Western Sydney University. Roy will discuss exciting new technology for the production and uses of biochar as one of the most effective ways for carbon dioxide removal.

Please register at Humanitix to assist with catering, or phone the Society on 0490 419 779 and leave a message indicating your attendance.

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

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.

Koalas suffer in the heat – here’s how to help this summer
Koala & joey Koala & joey  (Ian Brown)
While Koalas are an uncommon sight in the Blue Mountains, they are found in the other reserves of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Here's an article that appeared in The Conservation - Koalas suffer in the heat – here’s how to help this summer.

The article also includes information on what to do if you encounter a sick or injured koala, and other information about this iconic endangered species.

The Society is a member of the Sydney Basin Koala Network.

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

The Summer 2024 Edition is now available to download.

In this issue you will find -

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