The Colo River The Wollemi Wilderness - Colo River Country  (Ian Brown)
Events - 2022


Contact details for the BMCS Events Coordinator are on our Society Office Holders webpage. Most events below are organised by the BMCS. Some other conservation related events are included, with the organisers noted. For BMCS organised events current NSW Government COVID-19 rules are observed.

 Sunday 23 October
The 2022 Mick Dark Talk for the Future with Costa Georgiadis Co-presented by Varuna, The National Writers' House and BMCS (in conjunction with the 2022 Blue Mountains Writers' Festival)
 Wednesday 21 September
SOLD OUT: The Message of the Lyrebird, a film screening at United Cinemas The Edge, Katoomba. Organised by, and a fundraiser for, the BMCS.
 Friday 9 September
The Blue Gum Forest: a place, what does it mean to you? at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts Theatre. Registration essential. Organised by the BMCS.
 Sat/Sun 3 & 4 September
Blue Gum Forest anniversary camp out and ceremony. Registration essential. Organised by Friends of Blue Gum volunteers with support of NPWS.
 Saturday 3 September
BMCS stall 9am to 4pm (including BMCS propogated native plants) at the Springwood Spring Festival. BMCS stall adjacent 149 Macquarie Road. Event organised by Springwood Festival Inc.
 Sunday 28 August
Gardens of Stone Banner Drop - help protect the 'Lost City'. Event organised by the Gardens of Stone Alliance.
 Monday 2 May
Climate Survivors' Forum #2 at the North Richmond Community Centre. Organised by the Macquarie Alliance for Climate and supported by the BMCS, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action.
 Wednesday 27 April
Climate Survivors' Forum #1 at the Springwood Sports Club. Organised by the Macquarie Alliance for Climate and supported by the BMCS, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action.
 Wednesday 30 March
BMCS Annual General Meeting at the WWF School of Arts followed by Blue Mountains Landscapes" with Peter Hatherly and Ian Brown. Organised by the BMCS.
 Tuesday 29 March
The Pilliga Project at Mt.Vic Flicks. Organised by the BMCS.
 Friday 25 February
Sunset Gathering at The Conservation Hut. Organised by the BMCS.

Sunday 23 October
The 2022 Mick Dark Talk for the Future with Costa Georgiadis
4.30pm - 5.30pm Sunday 23 October
Co-presented by Varuna, The National Writers' House and BMCS (in conjunction with the Blue Mountains Writers' Festival)
The Marquee stage, The Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, NSW, 2780

Tickets for this event are selling like hot cakes. Don't miss out.
Costa Georgiadis Costa Georgiadis

The Mick Dark Talk for the Future is held to honour the late Mick Dark who gifted his family home - Varuna - to the future of Australian writing. Mick was a life-long conservationist and was president of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society for nine years and vice president for eight years. He was a life member. The talk is co-presented by Varuna the National Writers’ House and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, and is an annual address on the environment, inviting prominent and authoritative thinkers to discuss their work on subjects that provoke and inspire.

Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect, environmental educator and television presenter who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people. As co-creator and host of 'Costa's Garden Odyssey' for SBS, he caught the attention of a nation. Since 2013, Costa has continued his journey as the much-loved host of one of the ABC’s most iconic and Logie award-winning programs, 'Gardening Australia'. Costa is also involved with regenerative agriculture and holistic practices that deal with the issues arising from a rapidly urbanising world. From preschools to universities and community groups, he is actively involved in delivering his message to the broader community. Costa’s long-awaited book, Costa’s World, was published by ABC Books in 2022.


Wednesday 21 September
SOLD OUT
The Message of the Lyrebird film screening

6.50pm Wednesday 21 September
United Cinemas The Edge, Katoomba
225 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Gum Forest The Message of the Lyrebird
(Photo above courtesy of Balangara Films. Not for further publication without approval from Balangara Films)

This film screening SOLD OUT on 16 September. BMCS will look to hold another screening in the lower Blue Mountains. Venue and timing to be advised in due course.

The 21 September 2022 screening is hosted by, and a fundraiser for, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc, courtesy of Balangara Films and Dr Anastasia Dalziell of the University of Wollongong and Lyrebird Lab. Dr Dalziell will introduce the film and take questions afterwards (with Carol Probets).

No other bird on the planet can do what the Lyrebird can do. This is a film about the relationship between people and birds, set in a natural wonderland where an exquisite forest faery has been performing his astonishing song and dance routines for millions of years. It is a timeless journey of self-reflection and connection, and a call to remember to live without destroying the things we love.

For more information about the film and to watch the trailer go to The Message of the Lyrebird website.


Friday 9 September
The Blue Gum Forest: a place, what does it mean to you?
6.30pm Friday 9 September
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Ave, Wentworth Falls

Please register - but it's free
Blue Gum Forest The Blue Gum Forest
(Photo above courtesy of Aine Gliddon/DPE. Not for further publication without approval from NSW Department of Planning and Environment)
From the original indigenous custodians, then the colonial explorers, to the 1930s bushwalkers, to people today: how have people regarded and connected with Blue Gum Forest? BMCS Members, friends and visitors are welcomed to this exciting event, to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the saving of the Blue Gum Forest. This is a free event and some light refreshments will be available.
Registration is essential.

Speakers:

Sunday 28 August

Gardens of Stone Banner Drop
Protect the Gardens of Stone - a wonderland, not a theme park

12 noon, Sunday 28 August
Meet up at end of the tar, State Mine Gully Rd, Lithgow
Will be proceeding to the 'Lost City'.

RSVP: keith.muir6@bigpond.com
For more information contact: Keith Muir: 0412 791 404
Lost City in the Gardens of Stone SCA The 'Lost City' (Henry Gold)

Lithgow’s iconic 'Lost City' in the Gardens of Stone SCA is set to be blighted with an adventure tourism theme park - what a waste of such a fantastic view!

Protest! Come to the banner drop event.

You can help by forwarding this message to like-minded supporters. Protect 'Lost City' so everyone can enjoy its spectacular beauty.

Seats in 4WD vehicles will be pooled.

This event organised by the Gardens of Stone Alliance

Lost City – why protest?

For more information, check out the Gardens of Stone website.


Monday 2 May
Climate Survivors' Forum #2
6.30pm for 7pm Monday 2 May (to 9pm)
North Richmond Community Centre
33 William Street, North Richmond

Please register through the Macquarie Alliance for Climate website - it's free

The focus of this forum will be on the stories of flood and fire survivors. We will hear from members of our community who have been personally impacted by the fires, floods and storms of recent years. This forum will also be a chance to 'meet the candidates'. The federal candidates standing for the seat of Macquarie have been invited to listen to the local community about their experiences. At this moderated event you will hear from some of those impacted and what our federal candidates propose to do in the face of climate change.

Accessibility: Auslan interpreters will be present, the venue is wheelchair accessible
Featured musical performance: an inspiring local performer
Refreshments: tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.


Wednesday 27 April
Climate Survivors' Forum #1
6.30pm for 7pm Wednesday 27 April (to 9pm)
Springwood Sports Club
83 Macquarie Rd, Springwood

Please register through the Macquarie Alliance for Climate website - it's free

The focus of this forum will be on the stories of flood and fire survivors. We will hear from members of our community who have been personally impacted by the fires, floods and storms of recent years. This forum will also be a chance to 'meet the candidates'. The federal candidates standing for the seat of Macquarie have been invited to listen to the local community about their experiences. At this moderated event you will hear from some of those impacted and what our federal candidates propose to do in the face of climate change.

Accessibility: Auslan interpreters will be present, the venue is wheelchair accessible
Featured musical performance: an inspiring local performer
Refreshments: tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.


Wednesday 30 March
BMCS Annual General Meeting
7pm Wednesday 30 March
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Ave, Wentworth Falls

Please register - but it's free

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

Tara Cameron talks about the Gardens of Stone  (Tom Zubrycki)

We will also honour Tara Cameron who has been nominated for life membership. Tara has been either our president or senior vice-president since 2008.

Life Membership is conferred upon members who have made a meritorious contribution to the work of the Society and to the conservation cause.

Members will be invited to vote on this nomination.

Visitors are very welcome!

Please register - but it's free

Nominating for Management Committee (MC) positions

Here are -

[To facilitate nominations, nominees and their supporters can email the Meetings Secretary - hhull001@bigpond.net.au - and need not complete and send a form.]

Please contact Tara Cameron, Madi Maclean or Susan Crick (here are their contact details) if you wish to discuss any of the positions or are considering nominating.

Following the AGM

Blue Mountains Landscapes

Blue Mountains Landscapes book cover Blue Mountains Landscapes book cover
Geophysicist Peter Hatherly and naturalist and photographer Ian Brown, both avid bushwalkers, will talk about their upcoming book -

The Blue Mountains
Exploring landscapes, shaped by the underlying rocks, uplifts and erosion

Learn how the landscapes of the Blue Mountains have developed.

Their talk will introduce the main underlying principles of the formation of the mountains starting with a summary of the main geological sequence and then explaining how the weathering and erosion of these rocks, in response to three main uplift events, has given us the present landscape.

Their work combines stunning photographs, amazing maps based on airborne LiDAR data. This gives a refreshing wholistic view on how the Blue Mountains have formed.

Here's more information on Peter and Ian's presentation


Tuesday 29 March
The Pilliga Project and Q&A
7.40pm Tuesday, 29 March
This event is free - but bookings are essential
The Pilliga Project
The Pilliga Project explores the many impacts of the Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project, which has been approved to drill 850 wells in the Pilliga Forest and through the Great Artesian Basin.

This important physical and cultural landscape is under threat.

The Pilliga is the biggest temperate forest in NSW and one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Eastern Australia.

The Pilliga Scrub, as it is often referred to, is an iconic Australian landscape of over 5,000 km2 of woodland and is abundant in native wildlife including many threatened animals.

Here's a two minute video preview of the Pilliga Project.

This event is free - but bookings are essential

Hosted by the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.


Friday 25 February
Sunset Gathering at The Hut
6.30pm Friday 25 February
The Conservation Hut
Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls

Sunset Gathering
Come along to our Sunset Gathering and learn more about the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.

Please register - but it is free

Enjoy the view at sunset from the Conservation Hut at 92 Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls, with the delightful background of harp music, while you meet the management committee and other members of the Society.

There will also be short talks about Society activities.

Photos taken on the night by Susan Crick and Ann Penhallurick.

Click the thumbnail image to see a larger one.
Susan Templeman and Dr. Kindler Susan Templeman and Dr. Kindler
Bob Debus and Ron Fuller Bob Debus and Ron Fuller
Andrew Solomon Andrew Solomon
Enjoying The Fire Enjoying The Fire
Gordon Fell, Heather Hull and Tara Cameron Gordon Fell, Heather Hull and Tara Cameron
Madi Maclean Madi Maclean
Catching Up Catching Up
Tara Cameron Tara Cameron
Susan Templeman and Norm Harris Susan Templeman and Norm Harris
Intrigued Intrigued



Contact us   © 2022  Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc.
2023 NSW State Election material is authorised by Madi Maclean,
Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc, 92 Fletcher St., Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land
– the Darug and Gundungurra people –
and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.