Radiata Plateau Radiata Plateau  (Kamil Sustiak)
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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Now 97 eucalypts in the GBMWHA

The Greater Blue Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 for its outstanding natural values, a major component of which is the high number of eucalypt species and eucalypt-dominated communities (the term ‘eucalypt’ refers to the closely related genera Eucalyptus, Angophora and Corymbia of the family Myrtaceae).

In 2000, 91 eucalypt species were known from the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA).

A subsequent assessment of the eucalypts in the eight conservation reserves which make up the GBMWHA listed 96 eucalypts.

On 27 June 2017, Peter and Judy Smith collected a specimen of a tree at Euroka Clearing that they had identified as Angophora subvelutina (Broad-leaved Apple). The National Herbarium of NSW confirmed that the specimen collected was indeed Angophora subvelutina.

Here's the Cunninghamia Journal article.

Radiata Plateau Radiata Plateau (Kamil Sustiak)
Leave Radiata Plateau Wild

Sitting on the southern escarpment, Radiata Plateau with its outstanding topography is the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau in the upper Blue Mountains.

Home to rare and threatened species, culturally significant and a magnet for the local outdoor community, Radiata Plateau, towering high above rolling valleys has been in the making for millennia.

Here's the Open Letter to the Hon. Gabrielle Upton, NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage published in the Blue Mountains Gazette on 5th December.

See more on our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild webpages

Protect Our National Parks
2019 NSW State Election
23 March 2019

The Society launched its 2019 State Election Campaign on 31 October with our Cleaner Greener NSW and Blue Mountains Meeting.

This has now been followed by the development of a comprehensive questionnaire which has been sent to the candidates for the major parties in both the Blue Mountains and Penrith Electorates.

The responses to the questionnaire are due in mid January. More events are being planned.

Make sure you have your say by enrolling to vote!
Find out how here

See more on our NSW State Election 2019 web pages

GoS Banner Drop 2017 GoS Banner Drop 2017 (Henry Gold)
Celebration of the Moffitts in the Gardens of Stone
Wednesday 5 December
in the Gardens of Stone area.

The Council of Retired Union Member Associations (CRUMA) is celebrating the work of unionists and environmentalists, Joyce and Vern Moffitt, at Lithgow and in the Gardens of Stone area on Wednesday 5 December.

The Moffitts played a valuable role in the creation of the Gardens of Stone National Park, which is today part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Vern Moffitt was Miners Federation Union Official. The Moffitts together were a formidable team in arguing for workers rights, social justice and preserving the natural environment for future generations.

CRUMA support the 39,000 hectare Gardens of Stone Stage 2 Reserve proposal being protected as a State Conservation Area. Blue Mountains Conservation Society supports this event along with the other Gardens of Stone Alliance organisations.

You are invited to join the celebrations during the day. For more information about the day's program see the invitation.

Any queries: Madi Maclean, president@bluemountains.org.au

WWF Living Planet Report WWF Living Planet Report
WWF Living Planet Report

Since 1998, The Living Planet Report has been tracking the state of global biodiversity.

WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 shows the scale of the challenge – and highlights what we can do, both here in Australia and around the world, to change the way we live.

WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 reveals that global wildlife numbers have plummeted by 60% in just over 40 years.

That’s a 13.6% loss per decade.

Even more frightening, in our own backyard, koalas on Australia’s east coast are declining at a rate of 21% per decade. This shrinking figure can sadly be explained by another damning discovery released in the report: Eastern Australia has become a world ‘deforestation hotspot’.

Here's the summary report. [5MB pdf]

Here's the full report. [15MB pdf]

IPCC Special Report Cover of the IPCC Special Report
       IPCC Special Report - "Global Warming of 1.5°C"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.

Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

Here's the IPCC Special Report.

We have so many ways to pursue a healthy climate – it’s insane to wait any longer - from The Conversation.

The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Kowmung River
Kowmung River - a declared wild river  (Ian Brown)
Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers

The NSW government has announced it will introduce legislation to allow the temporary flooding of national park land resulting from the raising of the wall of Warragamba Dam.

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 legislation will amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

You can show your support for protecting our Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area by donating to Wild Rivers campaign to stop this and by signing the petition.

Watch this video

For more information, go to the Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers website

Jeremy Buckingham - The Gardens of Stone
Jeremy Buckingham - The Gardens of Stone
Protect the Gardens of Stone from destructive coal mining

"Who agrees that we can't let a coal mine destroy this unique Australian landscape?" asks NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

"The Gardens of Stone on the edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow will be destroyed if coal mining is allowed to go ahead."

"Here I am standing on the precipice of the sandstone pagodas in this beautiful Australian bushland that could be ruined through subsidence caused by longwall mining techniques - where they deliberate collapse the earth as the mining machine moves along the coal face. As the age of coal comes to a close, we should not be risking such incredible areas."

Watch this video

See our campaign site on the Gardens of Stone

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

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