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March 2015 edition
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Our mission is to help conserve the natural environment of the
Greater Blue Mountains and to increase awareness of the natural environment in general.

NSW State Election - 28th March 2015
2015 State Election The Blue Mountains candidates the candidates
Roza Sage
Trish Doyle
Alandra Tasire

We have prepared a comprehensive guide to the election, including -
  ◊ our local candidates,
  ◊ Society's "Asks",
  ◊ NSW Government's environmental track record,
  ◊ detailed environmental questionnaire.

You'll find our state election coverage here.

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Optional Preferential Voting

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For your diary
♦  Fri. 20 March - "Bat Night" - here's a poster
6.30pm - NPWS Heritage Centre, Blackheath

♦  Thurs. 26 March - "Annual General Meeting"
7.30pm - Conservation Hut, Wentworth Falls
see details below

This will be followed by a General meeting -
Ian Brown presents "An Arctic Sojourn"
Images from his recent trip to Iceland & Greenland.

♦  Sat. 28 March - "NSW State Election"
Make your vote count - number all squares

Liberals & Nationals - Contract with NSW
(issued before the March 2011 Election)

Contract with NSW

We've now done the analysis.
It is now up to you to assess whether
the NSW Government has fulfilled its contract.

Election Quick links - for people in a hurry

An Arctic Sojourn Ian Brown presents
"An Arctic Sojourn"

Click the image to see a larger version.

In the northern summer of 2014, Tom Williams and Ian Brown spent a month sea kayaking and climbing in Ofjord, East Greenland, part of the largest fiord system in the world.

See this dramatic arctic wilderness of icebergs, mountains, wildflowers and wildlife at 71 degrees north through the eyes of a photographer.

Notice of
Annual General Meeting
7.30pm Thursday 26th March
The Conservation Hut, Wentworth Falls

Business will include:

There are also proposed changes to the constitution.

Visitors will be very welcome.

Conservation Campaigns

Qantas A380   Qantas A380
photo by
Andrzej Kostrzewa.
Western Sydney Airport
A major threat to the Greater Blue Mountains
World Heritage Area

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.

Review of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Rule
Submissions closed Friday 14th November

The Society supports the Rural Fire Service's Review of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice for NSW, and encourages the rescinding of this policy.

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   The Wollangambe River
photo by Ian Brown.
Review of Clarence Colliery's
Environment Protection Licence   (EPL726)
Submissions closed Friday 21st November

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.

Wolgan Falls
Wolgan Falls
Coalpac's Invincible Colliery Mod 4
and Cullen Valley Mine Mod 2
have been refused

On 17th October, 2014, the NSW Planning Assessment Committee refused Coalpac's proposed expansion of the Invincible Colliery and Cullen Valley Mine.

Here's the PAC's determination report.

Here's an extract from the Commission's determination.

"The Commission has determined to refuse the modification applications for the following reasons:
  1. The proposal poses unacceptable risks to the pagoda structures and escarpments in the vicinity of the open cut pits and above the proposed highwall mining areas.
  2. The proposal would have significant impacts on the pagoda landform complex.
  3. The site has significant conservation value and is not suitable for the proposed mining, the highest and best use of the area is for conservation.
  4. The justification and need for the proposed extensions do not outweigh the environmental costs and impacts of the extension."

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.

You can start by sending your letter to Premier Mike Baird and Ministers today.

Protect The Gardens of Stone Banner Drop - May 2011 - photo by Rob Baigent

BMCC LEP 2013 logo

as at
January 2015
Draft Blue Mountains
Local Environmental Plan 2013
At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 11 November 2014, Council unanimously voted to adopt the DLEP 2013 with amendments passed at the 7 Extraordinary Council Meetings held over the past 6 months.

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.

Bush Trackers website Here's a link to a 4 minute YouTube video that explains Bush Trackers.
The Society sponsors
Bush Trackers.
Visit the
Bush Trackers website
to download
Bush Tracker Guides.

Getting involved
the vulnerable Euphrasia bowdeniae Conservation Work
Help us preserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage region.
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Blue Dampiera - Dampiera stricta 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.
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Baal Bone walk - Andy Gardiner BMCS Bushwalking
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
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Valley of the Waters Bushcare Group Bushcare Group
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.
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The Plant Study Group 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.
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