Radiata Plateau Rally - 30th July 2017 Radiata Plateau Rally - 30th July 2017  (Nathan)

Current Campaigns
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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

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

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.

Leave Radiata Plateau Wild
Radiata Plateau Radiata Plateau from the Megalong Valley  (Alan Page)
The NSW Minister for the Environment, Matt Kean, has announced the NSW Government’s purchase of Radiata Plateau for incorporation into the national park system.

Here's the Sydney Morning Herald article

We are absolutely delighted by this news and would like to congratulate Minister Kean on his decision to purchase the Plateau for inclusion in the national park system, thus safeguarding its future.

This landmark decision is a major win for the environment, and for the Blue Mountains community.

It has been the strong community and environmental support that has maintained the pressure on the Minister and we would like to thank everyone who participated in Leave Radiata Plateau Wild: writing letters, attending rallies, participating in videos, hanging banners and placards, and so much more, to advocate for the protection of this unique area. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Thank you!

For more information visit our Leave Radiata Plateau Wild website.

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

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.

Site Clearing on Bodington Hill for ‘Flora and Fauna Park’
Land Clearing Land Clearing  (courtesy Blue Mountains Gazette)
Earlier this year, up to 4ha of native vegetation and trees was clear-felled on Bodington Hill, Wentworth Falls (next to Dillinger’s Nursery).

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.

Proposed Strategic Additions to the Blue Mountains National Park
Katoomba Creek Katoomba Creek  (Lyndal Sullivan)

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.

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

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
Katoomba Creek

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.

Protect The Wollangambe
The Wollangambe River The Wollangambe River  (Ian Brown)

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.