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February 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.



hosted by
Clive Heywood Barker

Black Hole documentary

Transforming a Forest into a Coal Mine
Mt Vic Flicks
TUESDAY, 16th February
6.30 pm
Book online:

BLACK HOLE is an intensely riveting exposé of the ongoing battle to save the last of an endangered woodland forest from being cleared to make way to one of the largest open cut coal mines in production in Australia.

The Leard State Forest has stunning old growth box-gum woodland forest, it is considered a national biodiversity hotspot.

The list of significant threatened and vulnerable species habitat to be impacted includes: Swift Parrot , Turquoise Parrot, Regent Honey Eater, Large-eared Pied Bat, Spotted tailed quoll, Masked Owl, Squirrel Glider and the Koala. In total the mines would turn 3500 hectares of forest into an open-cut coal pit.

The Leard State Forest campaign is a piece of Australian history, being spoken in the same breath as other iconic environmental campaigns in Australian history, such as the Franklin River Blockade in Tasmania, as well as the Jabiluka Uranium Mine Blockade in the Northern Territory.

It has galvanised people from all spectrums of Australian society and further afield.

This is far more than just a campaign to stop a coal mine … this is ground zero for empowerment of citizens who have become disenchanted with a system that is portrayed as a democracy.


Bat Night


Come to the Blue Mountains



Friday 11 March @ 6.30pm

NPWS Heritage Centre

Govetts Leap Rd



enquiries: (02) 4787 8877



The date for submissions on the EIS has now passed.


No Airport

The Society opposes the proposed Western Sydney Airport as it impacts the environment
of the Greater Blue Mountains and threatens its world heritage listing.

Visit our No Airport section to read all about our campaign



The Plant Study Group
Urban Geochemical Contamination Study of High Conservation Value Upland Swamps in the Blue Mountains
 Gardens of Stone Demonstration
Planning and Development in the Blue Mountainsnew
 Getting Involved With The Society
 Wollangambe & Clarence Colliery Disaster
 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Rule
 Gardens of Stone - Coalpac mine
 NEWS - other sources

Getting involved
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 vulnerable Euphrasia bowdeniae Conservation Work
Help us preserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage region.
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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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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
When - Tuesday 25th August

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.



The Society sponsors Bush Trackers.

Here's a 4 minute video about Bush Trackers.

Visit the Bush Trackers website to download Bush Tracker Guides.

Conservation Campaigns

Wild Wollangambe River poisoned by a major mine waste heap collapse.
See more on the Colong website

The Wollangambe River   The Wollangambe River   (Ian Brown)
Review of Clarence Colliery's
Environment Protection Licence   (EPL726)
Govt. Report confirms pollution

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.

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

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