This webpage contains links to websites and documents that may be helpful in the preparation of submissions, articles, letters and emails. The websites included cover a broad spectrum of opinion - that is, they are not "simply" restricted to environmentally friendly organisations.
The websites have been placed in several broad groups:
Also included is a bibliography of environmental theses of the Blue Mountains region.
A list of environmental organisations is included in our Links webpage.
Newspapers, News & Magazines
Government - Federal, NSW and Local
Documents and Articles
- Proposed Changes to NSW Biodiversity and Conservation Laws (2016)
(Nature and Conservation Council Summary) (143KB pdf)
- Urban Geochemical Contamination of High Conservation Value Upland Swamps, Blue Mountains Australia:
Upland swamps of the Blue Mountains are unique and legislatively protected peat swamp communities. This study investigated water chemistry of surface waters from seven Blue Mountains Upland Swamps (BMUS), four within urbanised catchments and three from naturally vegetated catchments. The purpose of the study was to investigate any ionic contamination from urban development. (1MB pdf)
By Nakia Belmer, Ian A Wright and Carl Tippler.
- Fauna of the Upper Coxs River catchment:
An assessment of common freshwater species in a high-demand landscape (4.2MB pdf)
By S. M. Judge, University of Western Sydney.
- The Greater Blue Mountains - World Heritage Nomination:
Nomination of the Greater Blue Mountains Area
for inscription on the World Heritage List by the Government of Australia 1998 (5.5MB pdf)
Prepared by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in association with Environment Australia.
- Vegetation, fauna and groundwater interrelations in low nutrient temperate montane peat swamps
in the upper Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
By Doug Benson and Ian R. C. Baird (1.6 MB pdf)
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and University of Western Sydney, School of Natural Science
- Impact of a coal mine waste discharge on water quality and aquatic ecosystems
in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area.
By Nakia Belmer, Carl Tippler, Peter J. Davies and Ian A. Wright (816KB pdf)
School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney,
and Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University
- All living things are diminished: Breaking the national consensus on the environment.
PERSPECTIVES 11 - an essay from the Whitlam Institute
By The Honourable Bob Debus AM, November 2014 (358KB pdf)
- The impact of fire regimes on populations of an endangered lizard in montane south-eastern Australia.
By Sarsha Gorissen, Jacqueline Mallinson, Matthew Greenlees and Richard Shine (375KB pdf)
School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney and School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
- NSW National Parks Establishment Plan 2008.
Directions for building a diverse and resilient system of parks and reserves
under the National Parks and Wildlife Act
Produced by Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW (1.6MB pdf)
NSW Bioregions - pages 6 & 7 joined (1.6MB pdf)
- Blueprint for a Healthy Environment and a Productive Economy. (Nov. 2014)
The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists (2.3MB pdf)
Selected bibliography of environmental theses for the Blue Mountains region
The bibliography was prepared by Ian Baird in December 2012; the latest revision was in March 2019. Contributions from Margaret Baker, Nakia Belmer, Rosalie Chapple, Ben Croak, Kirstie Fryirs, Alex Gold, Sarsha Gorissen, Julia James, John Low, Brian Marshall, Scott Mooney, Peter Rickwood, Susan Rutherford, Judy Smith and Lyndal Sullivan.
It includes some theses that deal with the Blue Mountains region in part only.
VIEW the Bibliography
Most recent Masters and PhD theses will be available online for download from relevant university library websites or the National Library of Australia’s Trove digital theses repository.