Open Letter's plea to secure Radiata
In a bid to secure the future of Radiata Plateau we have co-ordinated an Open Letter to the Hon. Gabrielle Upton, NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage - published in the Blue Mountains Gazette today.
The Letter explains why protection is crucial and calls on the Minister to urgently recognise the ecological and heritage significance of the Plateau. It asks the NSW Government to purchase the Plateau to enable its inclusion in the Blue Mountains National Park.
We continue to receive wide-spread support of the campaign, with over thirty signatories to the letter comprising environmental and heritage groups, local community leaders and state-wide environmental groups.
To coincide with the Letter, we're requesting an urgent meeting with Minister Upton to discuss the future of the Plateau. The Society is also approaching the Shadow Minister and cross benches seeking support for the purchase of Radiata Plateau.
We're also continuing to pursue discussions with the current owners of the Plateau.
Many thanks for your ongoing support - let's keep the pressure up!
The Ancient threatened species of Radiata Plateau - Dr Wyn Jones
We're thrilled to be launching our latest campaign video with local botanist, Wyn Jones, providing a fascinating insight into the truly ancient plant species that inhabit Radiata Plateau.
Having been involved with the Plateau since the 1980’s, Wyn’s knowledge of the area is unrivalled – from the complex and convoluted cliffs to plants of the heath, shrublands and swamps. Accompanied by dramatic aerial footage, Wyn discusses some of the rare endemic species on this very ancient land and why protection of the Plateau is crucial.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to advocate to Leave Radiata Plateau Wild. Enjoy!
Celebrating the Plateau in verse
The splendour of the Plateau is celebrated this month with the launch of a new video featuring well known local poet and botanist Wyn Jones reciting Elphinstone - Leave Alone, his poignant poem about the history of the Plateau. Wyn’s reading is accompanied by dramatic aerial footage of the Plateau.
As we continue to campaign and seek protection of this important place, Wyn celebrates the majesty and solitude of the Plateau whilst pondering the “unnamed feet” that have passed over it and wondering why we can’t “feel and meditate” in “places clean, unclad, uncluttered”.
Written when the first large development was proposed on the Plateau back in the 1990s, the poem talks of the “ephemeral wayfarers” and their failed ventures on the Plateau.
We are continuing our campaign with the local community, liaising with local politicians, the government and the Plateau’s owners to ensure a safe future is secured.
Thank you again for your ongoing commitment.
New Radiata video highlights the plight of the Plateau
We are delighted to be launching the first in a series of short videos that highlight and celebrate the importance of Radiata Plateau (Mt Elphinstone).
Last year, together with you, the local community, we fought against two development applications for three new buildings on the untouched Plateau - only one was approved.
Through 'Leave Radiata Plateau Wild' we're garnering broad support and have captured the interest of local, State and Federal politicians but we still need ongoing support and pressure locally to ensure a successful outcome.
This first video focuses on the local community and recreational aspects of the Plateau. Enjoy!