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.
Details about members of the BMCS management committee are on our Society Office Holders webpage.
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.
There are currently several sections of highway designated for upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow. The upgrade has been divided into three sections, with individual environmental impact assessments for each section:
The upgrade from Katoomba to Blackheath is proceeding as scheduled although the Blackheath to Little Hartley tunnel has been put on hold.
On Sunday, 15th May 2022, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole released the concept plan and the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the upgrade between Katoomba and Blackheath. Neither the plan nor REF contain detailed analysis of the environmental consequences and ramifications for the National Park that the upgrade, and broader project, will likely have.
The upgrade is likely to have a significant impact on the environment, including:
Previous information and a 2020 Society statement in relation to the GWH upgrade below: Great Western Highway Duplication - Blackheath
Blue Mountains City Council was the third Council in NSW to declare a climate emergency, recognising the need for urgent climate action. However, much more needs to be done.
Join the Blue Mountains Conservation Society in calling on the Blue Mountains City Council to power up and take up the Ready for Renewables challenge to make positive changes that benefit your home, local small business and the planet.
Go to our Climate Change webpage to find out more and what you can do.
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 Katoomba Airfield Lease webpages to find out more and what you can do.
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 Don't Raise Warragamba Dam
Although there are no details on what the latest proposal involves, it is of such magnitude to be deemed a ‘State Significant Development’.
The Society questions the appropriateness of this development on such an environmentally sensitive site in an area designated as a bushland buffer between the towns of Bullaburra and Wentworth Falls.
Highway traffic and safety and animal welfare are also major concerns, as they were for the original ‘croc park’ development.
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.
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.