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Our mission is to help protect, conserve, and advocate for, the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains.
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Current Campaigns & Events

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Recent Society Submissions & Letters

See more on our Submissions webpage.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Although the Society has recommenced its bushwalking and other activities, NSW Government Guidelines are being observed.

Annual General Meeting
7pm Wednesday 31 March 2021
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
cnr GWH and Adele Ave, Wentworth Falls

To allow us to satisfy NSW Government COVID-19 requirements and not limit attendance, we are -

AGM business will include receipt of reports, adoption of annual accounts, determination of structure of Management Committee, election of President, Management Committee members and other office holders, and appointment of an auditor.

Here's the Management Committee Positions and their Duties & Responsibilities and a Nomination Form.

Please contact Alan Page if you wish to discuss any of the positions or have any questions about the AGM.

To register to attend the AGM

The AGM will be followed by -

Kellie and Martin Koala Dr. Kellie Leigh and Martin Koala

Koalas in the Greater Blue Mountains – an Update
with Dr. Kellie Leigh

Kellie is Executive Director/CEO of Science for Wildlife and has worked on koala conservation and research in NSW and Victoria for nine years.

During her previous ten years in Zambia she founded the non profit organisation, the Zambian Carnivore Programme using the African wild dog and other large carnivores as flagship species for landscape-scale conservation, and secured core funding from the World Wildlife Fund.

Since returning to Australia she has developed conservation programs for a variety of organisations based on her successful model of combining research, on-ground conservation action and community education and engagement.

She completed her PhD through the University of Sydney where she maintains an Honorary Research Fellow position and has taught the wildlife population management components for a Masters degree.

Her research expertise is focused on the application of science to conservation challenges and includes conservation biology, genetics, behavioural ecology, and recent innovative work in training and evaluating wildlife detection dogs.

Burnt To Ashes

Wetlands should not burn, but this one did because it has been undermined by coal mining. They've cracked the bedrock and the water has drained out, and now it is destroyed ... forever.

Recently the Nature Conservation Council teamed up with local Lithgow environmentalists to investigate and document the damage done to areas that have been undermined by Centennial Coal. What we discovered was a disaster zone.

Endangered wetlands have been turned into lifeless, dusty deserts. These areas which were once the life-blood of the forest and supported an incredible diversity of rare wildlife are now barren.

Longwall mining deliberately collapses the ground after the machine extracts the coal. This causes cracks in the bedrock, which drains water from the wetlands. They dry out and become extremely vulnerable to fires, and many of the wetlands of the Newnes Plateau scorched during the 2019/20 bushfires.

Already some wetlands have been lost forever. We seek to protect the remaining wetlands from the same disaster. The re-opening and expansion of Angus Place mine under the remaining wetlands should be rejected. This area of the Newnes Plateau should be protected from mining.

Katoomba Airfield
- lease decision being reconsidered -
no heli-tourism
The community said "no" - put it in the park!

Katoomba Airfield is still at risk of development into a commercial airfield for heli-charters.

The proposed lease, that was initially rejected, is now being reconsidered.

Go to our new Katoomba Airfield Lease webpages to find out more and what you can do.

Bushfire Inquiries and Climate Plan

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry have concluded. Here are their reports (all documents are around 18MB each) -

And here's the Society's submission to the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry.

Our Bushfires webpage contains a detailed analysis of the 2019-20 bushfires and their impact on the Greater Blue Mountains - including maps, an assessment of areas burnt and the loss of wildlife. Information on recovery and What You Can Do is there, plus some articles on firefighting.

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In June and July, the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA) hosted Australia’s first virtual bushfire and climate change summit to coordinate a national response to the Australian climate and bushfire crises.

The 2020 National Bushfire and Climate Summit brought together hundreds of participants from across the country and the world to share their experiences, and to formulate recommendations to address the worsening risk of devastating bushfires fuelled by climate change.

The Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan is the culmination of that effort.

The Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan provides a broad plan and practical ideas for governments, fire and land management agencies and communities to help us mitigate and adapt to worsening fire conditions.

The plan’s 165 recommendations include many measures that can be implemented right now, to ensure communities are better protected.

The experts agree: We must tackle climate change and worsening extreme weather by urgently phasing out fossil fuels.

The Blue Mountains Conservation Society participated in this summit and endorses this plan.

An ad for the plan appeared in The Australian on 1st August.

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Climate Action Now
- changes you can make -
Climate Action Now Flyer
Climate Action Now Flyer
(click the image to download the flyer)
Australia has the highest emissions per person of any OECD country.

Government and business action is crucial in addressing climate change, but our personal actions also make a difference.

The Society has prepared a Climate Action Now Flyer that details the changes you can make to -

We also encourage you to Raise Your Voice On Climate Change by -

We acknowledge Katrina Shields, Zero Emissions Byron, who inspired production of this flyer.

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– the Darug and Gundungurra people –
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