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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.

Our mission is to help conserve
the natural environment
of the Greater Blue Mountains
and to increase awareness of the
natural environment in general.
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby - image by Ian Brown
For your diary
♦  "Music of the Mountains" – Jim Smith - Saturday 25th Oct.
General Meeting - 10am - Wentworth Falls School of Arts
See details below

♦  "A Grandparents Day Afternoon Tea Party"
– for our Grandchildren's Survival - here's more detail
2.30pm - Sunday 26th October - 19 Falls Rd Wentworth Falls

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

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

Music of the Mountains - Jim Smith
Society General Meeting

10am Saturday 25th October
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
(Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Avenue)

Listening to the Blue Mountains.

Jim did his first Blue Mountains bushwalk (to Princes Rock lookout) 50 years ago and has lived in Wentworth falls for 40 years.

One of the most important insights that he has gained during his half-century living in the bush is the realisation that, although the living things that we share this planet with do not speak human languages, they do have voices.

Known as an enthusiastic promoter of bushwalking, Jim Smith now believes that people in the bush are doing too much walking and not enough sitting. He says that the most remarkable things that he has seen and heard in the bush were experienced when he was standing still, sitting or lying down.

He will discuss the bush sounds which were once common but have now disappeared from the Blue Mountains, the sounds that modern human ears miss, mysterious and terrifying night sounds, bird dialects, echoes, the loudest and most subtle sounds of the region, silences, his favourite sounds, the most horrible sound he ever heard and sounds that only he has heard. Jim will explain why it is harmful to watch televised nature documentaries and discuss the pathological condition termed nature deficit disorder syndrome.

Although the sounds of the Blue Mountains vary on a daily and seasonal basis, Jim believes that there is an underlying soundscape, or "music" distinctive to the region, that few people know how to listen to. There will not be a "question time" after this presentation, but members of the audience will be invited to share their own special memories of the sounds of the Blue Mountains.

Visitors will be very welcome. Gold coin donation.

"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.

It'll be a wonderful chance to go out for a walk or two with the kids and have a lovely time looking around and appreciating the local bush at a beautiful time of year.

Find out much more about how to spot koalas and your opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist contributing to valuable research.

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

BMCC LEP 2013 logo
Draft Blue Mountains
Local Environmental Plan 2013

Update - September 2014

The Blue Mountains City Council is continuing to review the public submissions made to the Draft Plan through a series of Extraordinary Council Meetings. People who made submissions to DLEP 2013 will be notified of these meetings. The Society has been attending these meetings and speaking in support of key provisions and the Society's suggested amendments.

Council currently anticipates that the Draft Plan will be finalised and 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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