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Centennial Coal has resolved to push ahead with a massive proposed expansion of the Springvale longwall mine project that the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says would directly discharge up to 43.8 ML/day of high salinity mine water into the Coxs River.
◊ Coxs River flows into Warragamba Dam.
◊ An Olympic-size swimming pool contains 2.5 ML.
Springvale Colliery is in the Western Coalfields near Lithgow. Last year, the majority of coal produced was transported by train to Port Kembla for export.
The proposed expansion of Springvale Colliery will damage core values of the Gardens of Stone region, if approved. There is a chance to stop the damage, and making a submission to the Planning Assessment Commission will help.
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness have prepared an editable "webform" for you to make a submission.
However, it is not essential that the webform be used. You may prefer to email a letter or a few dot-points to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Naomi Cleaves reference Proposal R031/15 - Springvale Mine Extension Project.
Here's a Word document of Brian Marshall's submission that you may wish to use some or all of.
The image above shows Sierra Classen inspecting a dead swamp in the 'headwaters' of the Wolgan River - nine years after being ruined by longwall mining. There is still no sign of recovery.
The Gardens of Stone Alliance* has commissioned a special photographic competition to bring attention to an unprotected region on the western side of the Blue Mountains with superlative natural beauty.
The Gardens of Stone - In Focus is a photographic competition that offers photographers opportunities to visit spectacular places and later this year celebrate the pivotal role of photography has played in the protection of nature by being part of a spectacular exhibition.
Native Plant Nursery
Operating at Lawson and Blackheath, our nursery grows native plants for residents and organisations. Find out how you can buy plants or help out at the nursery.
Walking is a great way to meet people, keep fit and enjoy nature. Come and explore the beautiful Blue Mountains with friendly people. Like us on Facebook
The Bushcare Group meets once a month to remove weeds and plant native species at the Valley of the Waters site. New members are always welcome.
Help us preserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage region.
The Plant Study Group
The Plant Study Group meets once a month and travels to different locations in the mountains, enabling it to see a diversity of species and plant communities.
Here's a 4 minute video about Bush Trackers.
Visit the Bush Trackers website to download Bush Tracker Guides.
The Society does not oppose a second Sydney airport.
However we are strongly opposed to anything that impacts the environment of the Greater Blue Mountains and its world heritage listing.Here's the Society's submission - plus you can read more here.
People do have a right to protect their homes - but this sledge-hammer approach has appalling consequences.
The Society considers that there are major problems associated with the implementation and operation of the present Code that need to be addressed. Here's the Society's submission.
To find out more about the 10/50 rule and the status of the review go to the Rural Fire Service's website.
The Wollangambe River is a declared "wild river" that flows through the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
The discharge water from the Clarence Colliery is polluting The Wollangambe.
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is conducting a review of Clarence Colliery's Environment Protection Licence that is focusing on the discharge of pollutants into the Wollangambe River.Here's the Society's submission - plus you can read more here.
On 17th October, 2014, the NSW Planning Assessment Committee refused Coalpac's proposed expansion of the Invincible Colliery and Cullen Valley Mine.
Here's an extract from the Commission's determination.
The Blue Mountains Conservation Society would like to thank its many hundreds of members and supporters, and associated organisations, for their tireless efforts over the past several years in this and previous campaigns to protect the Gardens of Stone.
We now need to campaign strongly for the reservation for conservation of Ben Bullen State Forest and the rest of the Gardens of Stone stage 2
The DLEP 2013 is currently with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for assessment and Ministerial approval. This process will involve negotiations between Council and the Department and could take several months. Matters deferred from the DLEP 2013, mainly relating to site-specific issues, will be the subject of further public consultation in 2015.
Full information can be found on the Blue Mountains City Council website.The Blue Mountains Conservation Society has also undertaken its own analysis of the submissions to DLEP 2013 which you can find by clicking here.