GARDENS OF STONE Alliance - DEMO
A Demo was held outside the Centennial Coal's office to protest the on-going pollution of rivers, drinking water and damage to nationally endangered swamps within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
Where was it?
- Outside the
BT Tower, corner of Market
and Kent Streets
Centennial Coal wants to expand their polluting Springvale coal mine in the heart of the Gardens of Stone region. If approved unamended, the mine will increase the amount of contaminated mine water discharged to the Coxs River. Nearby, Centennial Coal discharges toxic waste from its Clarence Mine into the Wollangambe River in the World Heritage Area. Centennial has been slow to remove the spill of coal fines into the World Heritage Area from the Clarence Mine.
Here are a couple of images taken at the rally.
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Giant Dragonfly (photo: Ian Baird)
Read more about the THREATENED SPECIES event
The Blue Mountains community has worked hard to develop a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) which protects our beautiful environment including our pristine creeks and our World Heritage National Parks.
The NSW Government is threatening to force a "one size fits all" Local Environmental Plan onto the Blue Mountains. It now wants to remove the key environmental elements it had previously supported. These elements are aimed at protecting our unique environment, the World Heritage Area and the character of our villages.
Make your voice heard and send an email to the Minister of Planning asking him to approve the draft Blue Mountains LEP - immediately and unchanged - click here.
Add a sentence or two to the prepared text about why you support the draft LEP, add your name and address and press send.
To open a prepared email that can be sent to the Minister for Planning - click here
The Gardens of Stone IN Focus Photographic exhibition has closed. Almost 500 photos have been uploaded to the competition site. This is a HUGE show of support for this unique area. You will able to view all the photo entries shortly through the Gardens of Stone In Focus page of Colong Foundation's website.
The Gardens of Stone Alliance* commissioned this special photographic competition to bring attention to an unprotected region on the western side of the Blue Mountains with superlative natural beauty.
More people have been introduced to Gardens of Stone through the competition.
A public exhibition of the photos is planned for later this year including a venue in the Blue Mountains.
Remember the Society includes walks in the Gardens of Stone in its regular walks program.
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 opposes the proposed Western Sydney Airport as it impacts the environment of the Greater Blue Mountains and threatens its world heritage listing.Here's the Society's submission. You can read more here and here's a flyer.
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 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.
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.
A report released on 1st June by the Office of Environment and Heritage confirmed that high volume discharges from Clarence Colliery near Lithgow are toxic to aquatic life and have impacted the Wollangambe River deep into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
After many years of pollution, the EPA intends to vary the mine's licence to place limits on nickel, salinity, and temperature of the discharge to this otherwise pristine river.
See more on the Colong website.Here's the Society's submission and background details.
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