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October 2014 edition
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2015 State Election
On the 28th March 2015, the people of New South Wales will elect the next state government.

The Society has prepared a comprehensive guide to the election - including our local candidates, Society's "Asks" and the NSW Government's environmental track record.

You'll find it all here.   Share it with family, friends and colleagues.

here's videos of Kate Smolski and the candidates at our State of the State Meeting on 15th Oct. ⇐

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 Great Koala Count" – Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh
11am - Sunday 2nd November - see details below
Faulconbridge Community Hall, Home St., Faulconbridge

"The Great Koala Count" – Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh
11am Sunday, 2nd November - Faulconbridge Community Hall, Home St., Faulconbridge

Koala - photo by Grainne Cleary
The Great Koala Count is happening from 7 - 17th November.

The Count will be a wonderful chance to go out for a walk with the kids and looking around and appreciating the local bush at a beautiful time of year.

Dr Grainne Cleary is part of the team who've developed BioTag, an app for SmartPhones to record the GPS location and details about any koalas spotted.


Dr Kellie Leigh will be discussing her research looking at koala diversity throughout the mountains.

Kellie also is involved in using wildlife - detection dogs to survey elusive threatened species such as koalas and quolls.

Kids will love watching Badger, her quoll detection dog, demonstrate his amazing skill at finding quoll scats.

Bring the family along to our meeting - here's more detail

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.

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

BMCC LEP 2013 logo
Draft Blue Mountains
Local Environmental Plan 2013

Update - October 2014

The Blue Mountains City Council has held seven Extraordinary Meetings relating to the review of submissions to DLEP 2013.

The next stage is the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 were a report on the Public Exhibition & Review Process for DLEP 2013 will be presented for adoption.

Council anticipates that the finalised Draft Plan will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for Ministerial approval in November.

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.

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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