There are things you can do today to get involved to help Protect the Gardens of Stone.
Please share this information with your loved ones and friends. Every little bit helps!
We have started a new Facebook page to keep everyone up to date with the latest developments as they happen.
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The final decision on the Coalpac open-cut mine will now be made by a second Planning and Assessment Commission.
Although it is unlikely that the current mine will be approved, it is possible.
Coalpac may also choose to re-apply to mine a smaller area and the battle will begin again.
We need to be ready to comment when the PAC meets.
Importantly, we need to remove the threat of open-cut mining in the future by making Ben Bullen State Forest a State Conservation Area NOW.
The Gardens of Stone stage 2 reserve proposal offers to protect the Gardens through a mixture of State Conservation Areas (which allow for current underground mining) and National Park additions.
Please take Action
Sign this online form letter to the NSW Premier, circulate it to your email networks and 'share' it on your facebook page.
(Points to mention)
I would like the NSW Government to declare the Ben Bullen State Forest, NSW a State Conservation Area as a matter of priority.
This should stop open cut coal mining and open up opportunities for recreational tourism in an easily accessible area of NSW. The Ben Bullen State Forest is home to literally hundreds of native plants and animals, some of which are threatened to extinction. Examples include lyrebirds, squirrel gliders, spotted quolls and powerful owls.
The unique habitat contains internationally significant pagodas which the Planning and Assessment Commission stated were “worthy of total protection”.
On the 1st June 2012, the Office of Environment and Heritage wrote in its submission on the Coalpac Consolidation Project that Ben Bullen State Forest “has long been identified by OEH as being of suitably high conservation value for future reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act."
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Contact Tara Cameron for further information on getting
involved in the Gardens of Stone campaign: 0419 824 974