logo and title The Colo River (a declared Wild River) in the Wollemi Wilderness  (Ian Brown)
Federal Election 2019
The Question and Response

On 25 April all candidates were sent the following question -

"What is the biggest threat to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and what should be done to address it".

We asked that responses be provided by Wednesday 1st May.


Candidate Response Received
Sarah Richards  (Liberal)
no reply received
Kingsley Liu  (Greens)
30 April
Susan Templeman  (Labor)
1 May
Greg Keightley  (Animal Justice Party)
1 May
Tony Pettitt  (United Australia Party)
28 April

The Response

Sarah Richards  (Liberal)
  no response received
Kingsley Liu  (Greens)
The GBMWHA is exposed to continuous threats of activities and inappropriate development that are currently enabled by Federal and State governments. These are

At Federal level, parliament needs to rework the ineffective Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 into the two new legal arms

  1. Independent Environmental Commission to develop (legally binding) protection plans
  2. EPA Regulator with wide ranging enforcement powers on climate change and land clearing

At State level, parliament needs to continue legislative reform for Wilderness Act, native vegetation & biosecurity protections, and Conservation Nature Reserve

At community level, we must start building stronger grassroots movement for the novel Rights of Nature to exist at both Local, State, and ultimately at Federal legislation

At political level, the Greens message is that climate change is a major threat to the GBMWHA and Australia must make rapid transition to 100 per cent renewables by 2030, an end to coal mining licenses and to Australia being the world’s largest exporter of coal.
Susan Templeman  (Labor)
Climate change is the biggest threat to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA). An ANU report has ranked the seat of Macquarie, at 11 in the top 20 federal electorates most at risk from climate change. Not acting is not an option.

At a local level, a Shorten Labor Government will provide $1million over ten years to monitor the impacts of climate change and human activity across the GBMWHA.

This will provide baseline data to help identify early warning signs of climate change and human activity. As a citizen science project, I look forward to working with members of ConSoc and other groups to collect the data from sites across the Blue Mountains WHA.

Nationally, Labor has announced the most comprehensive climate change action plan that's ever been taken to a federal election by a major party in this country's history.

There is a plan for every key sector, from transport to agriculture, and it includes extending Malcolm Turnbull’s pollution cap to reduce Australia’s pollution by 45 per cent by 2030, as well as a comprehensive renewable energy plan to generate 50 per cent of power from renewables by 2030.

We will also boost recycling and reduce waste and plastics while creating new globally competitive industries and strengthen our environmental laws, establishing an independent, national Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The NSW Liberal Government’s Warragamba Dam wall-raising proposal has been exposed as reckless, simplistic and ill-informed. We need a comprehensive approach to protecting lives and properties in flood-prone areas, but one that involves a more informed debate and a more sophisticated response than what we are seeing.

My long-standing views about the Western Sydney Airport remain. I will continue to join with our community and fight hard to protect the peace, silence and quality of life that should automatically come with living in our World Heritage area, but is now under threat.
Greg Keightley  (Animal Justice Party)
Climate Change is undoubtedly the biggest threat to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Bushfires and extreme weather events would decimate wildlife populations and cause long lasting damage to our Natural Environment. The threat to human life and property along the urban fringe of our World Heritage Areas will also be significantly increased.

To address this threat, we need a rapid transition of the Economy to 100% Renewable Energy.

Government needs to immediately encourage Research and Development into Renewable Energy Technologies to support this transition.

Government also needs to urgently foster International Agreement to encourage other Countries to reduce their Carbon Emissions.

Government needs to invest in improved monitoring and response capabilities by our Agencies such as the Rural Fire Service during high risk periods within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Increased funding to the Bureau of Meteorology for enhanced Extreme Weather Event forecasting capabilities.
Tony Pettitt  (United Australia Party)
The first thing that comes to mind is an out of control super and catastrophic bush fire. A fire that is fueled by abnormal enormous amounts of fuel and could be so intense that a lot of flora and fauna would not survive the heat of a super fire and may be lost forever.

Controlled reduction burning backed up with appropriate water bombers to support if things get out of control such as the Richmond air base has. It has the capacity to do so, however the Hercules have never been utilized even though the equipment is all there. A controlled burn would also be a good training exercise in case a real fire was to occur.