Protect Our National Parks Protect Our National Parks  (Alan Page)
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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2019 Federal Election
rolls close on Thursday 18 April
Protect Our National Parks Protect Our National Parks  (Alan Page)
On the 18th May the people of Australia will elect their next federal government.

The outcome of this election will have repercussions both locally and globally - and concerns action on climate change, environment laws and the status of our world heritage national parks.

An election is one of your best opportunities to have a real say about these vital areas.

The Society will provide full details of all candidates once nominations close. Plus their response to a straight forward question.

However, your first step is to see if you are enrolled correctly. Visit our Enrol to Vote webpage.

Lawson Crown Lands Masterplan
submissions close on Thursday 18 April

The draft Lawson Crown Lands Masterplan can be viewed on the Council’s website, and also at the Lawson Library and Council's Springwood and Katoomba administration centres.

Make a submission identifying the old clubhouse space as a location for the Society’s community native nursery.

For further details go to our Lawson Crown Lands Masterplan webpage.

Katoomba Airfield Lease Katoomba Airfield  (Alan Page)
Katoomba Airfield Lease

Katoomba Airfield is located at the end of Grand Canyon Road in Medlow Bath. It is completely surrounded by the Blue Mountains National Park. This strategic location has been important for bushfire fighting and other emergencies.

The Department of Industry (Crown Land and Water) is currently considering issuing a new long term lease over Katoomba Airfield at Medlow Bath to a private commercial operator.

A short term ‘licence’ was issued to a private commercial operator on 1 February 2018.

The Department advised that community consultation will be undertaken prior to the issuing of any long term lease.

Visit our Katoomba Airfield Lease webpage.

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.

Visit our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild webpages.

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

In October 2018, the NSW Government passed legislation to allow the flooding of World Heritage listed national parks by raising 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.

Visit the Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers website.

Bell Quarry Bell Quarry
Proposed Bell Quarry "Rehabilitation"

Stop the DA that will turn the Bell Quarry
into a Waste Management Facility

Stop the Development Application (DA # 294/18) to turn Bell Quarry at Newnes Junction into a Waste Management Facility for Sydney’s waste for 15 years!

Both Lithgow City Council and the Blue Mountains City Council do not support this proposal BUT the decision is NOT theirs!

Instead the “Western Regional Planning Panel” will decide our future.

Note: Submissions to the Lithgow City Council closed on 20th March.

For further details, here's an ad on behalf of the local communities prepared by the owners of Yengo Endangered Wildlife Reserve.

Here's the Society's submission.

Lost City Lost City   (Henry Gold)
Protect the Gardens of Stone

One of the most beautiful and intricate sandstone landscapes in Australia - dramatically coloured escarpments and headlands, slot canyons, cave overhangs, ancient sand dunes and the complex arrays of internationally significant rock turrets known as pagodas.

Huge plant diversity, including more than 1,000 species and 33 different vegetation communities (15 of which are threatened or poorly conserved), ancient montane heathlands; nationally endangered upland swamps and a unique species of snow gum.

Learn about the amazing Gardens of Stone, why it needs protecting and how you can help our campaign.

Visit our Gardens of Stone webpages.

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