At any point in time, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society has several campaigns on the go. Some are short term - like an Election Campaign; others span many years - like Protect the Gardens of Stone.
Our past campaigns are shown on our Past Campaigns webpages.
The submissions and letters that we've made to governments - local, state and federal - are shown on our Submissions webpage.
Our Current Campaigns
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.
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,
Visit our Fauna and Flora Park webpage.
The Transport for NSW website's Have Your Say Facility has closed.
As reported in the Gazette plans to duplicate the highway between Katoomba and Lithgow have been revealed and involve tunnels, bridges and no encroachment on the National Park.
Here's a statement from the Society.
For more information, go to the Blackheath HWY Action Group website.
The Society is proposing additions to the Blue Mountains National Park. This would require an assessment by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to determine whether to acquire them and add them to the Blue Mountains National Park.
It is important to note that acquisition by the NPWS of privately held land to add to the national park system is via negotiation. Privately held land is not compulsorily acquired for addition to the national park system.
The inclusion of these areas into the Blue Mountains National Park will protect areas of conservation significance which have threatened species, geological features and/or aboriginal heritage.
Visit our Proposed Strategic Additions webpage.
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.
For more information, go to the Save The Blue Mountains Wild Rivers website
Planning and development in the Blue Mountains is determined by its Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and its Development Control Plan (DCP).
The LEP is a statutory instrument to which all new development must comply. While the DCP is a policy document that the Council uses when considering whether to grant development consent. The Society has been heavily involved for decades in reviews and discussions on new and amended LEPs.
We make submissions on development applications which are large and complex and which we believe will have a significant negative environmental impact.
The Society has developed a Planning and Development Resource Kit to help residents take appropriate action on environment-related matters.
Visit our Planning and Development webpage.
The Society has campaigned to stop Clarence Colliery's impacts on the Wollangambe River and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area for many years.
The Wollangambe, a designated wild river for most of its length, flows eastward from the Newnes Plateau through the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area until it joins the Colo River.
Visit our Protect The Wollangambe webpages.