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July 2014 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.
For your diary
♦  The Wollangambe - Sunday 17th August
General Meeting - 2pm - Wentworth Falls School of Arts
♦  "Music of the Mountains" – Jim Smith - Sat. 25th Oct.
General Meeting - 10am - Wentworth Falls School of Arts

Airly Turret   Airly Turret - click the image to see a larger one
Centennial Coal proposes to continue mining
in the Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area
(Mount Airly and Genowlan Mountain in the Capertee Valley)

Submissions close Wednesday July 9th

The proposed Airly Colliery modification 3 proposal seeks to extend its old, 1991, development consent to October 2015.

Centennial Coal claims it needs this modification to allow it to continue mining while it prepares a big mine extension project (SSD 12_5581).

This modification 3 proposal would continue to allow intensive coal mining that causes 1.8 metres of vertical subsidence. Such mining will destroy this spectacular mesa with its thousands of pagodas, dramatic cliffs and the "New Hartley" oil shale ruins.

The environmental assessment does not even mention the oil shale ruins, or mine water discharges could continue, putting at risk Airly Creek that flows into the World Heritage listed Gardens of Stone National Park.

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For a guide of how to lodge a submission online, go to this Colong webpage.

Here's a map of the Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area

The Wollangambe River   The Wollangambe River - photo by Ian Brown.
The Blue Mountains Wild River
The Wollangambe
Sunday 17th August, 2pm
Wentworth Falls School of Arts

Andy Macqueen will talk about the river from an historical and geographical perspective.

Dr Ian Wright and Nakia Belmer will provide a "state of health" of the river.

And all of this will be accompanied by glorious images from Ian Brown and Society members.

The Wollangambe River is just to the north of Mt. Wilson and for most of its 57km length it is within the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks.

It rises near Clarence and flows east until it joins the Colo River, which empties into the Hawkesbury River near Lower Portland.

Visitors will be very welcome.

Coalpac proposal to mine in the Gardens of Stone is back from the dead.

Despite being rejected last year, Coalpac is now wanting to open-cut and high-wall mine 315 hectares of the precious Ben Bullen State Forest in the Gardens of Stone.

Here's a map of the Cullen Valley proposal and the Invincible proposal and our joint media release.

Submissions closed on Friday 2nd May.

There will only be a Planning and Assessment Commission if there were enough submissions.

The Society's submission can be found on our Submissions webpage

PELA158 map
click the map to see a larger version
map courtesy of Karen McLaughlin
A new CSG threat to the Blue Mountains

A new Petroleum Exploration Licence application (which covers Coal Seam Gas) called PELA 158 has been lodged.

As you can see from the map, the application covers an area from Capertee, Cullen Bullen, Portland, through to Blackheath and down to Springwood/Winmalee and across to Mt. Wilson and Bilpin.

It covers parts of the Gardens of Stone National Park, Wollemi National Park as well as Blue Mountains National Park.

It also covers areas in the Gardens of Stone Stage 2 Reserve Proposal.

Submissions closed on Thursday 13th March and are currently being considered.

BMCC LEP 2013 logo
Draft Blue Mountains
Local Environmental Plan 2013
public exhibition period over

Submissions closed on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

What happens following the exhibition of the DLEP 2013?

Following the completion of the public exhibition period, all submissions will be acknowledged and considered in a report which will go to a Council Meeting, including any proposed changes.

Council may decide to make amendments to DLEP 2013 and if the amendments do not require further exhibition the amended plan will be finalised and forwarded to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI) for Ministerial approval.

The DoPI have advised that they may make changes to the DLEP 2013 to satisfy legal requirements and model clauses.

Finally, with the Minister's approval the plan becomes law and is published on the NSW legislation website.

Full information can be found on the Blue Mountains City Council website.

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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