The area known as the Gardens of Stone, skirts the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in NSW. It is a beautifully unique and scenic landscape widely recognised as an 'iconic' area that must be protected.
It is home to literally hundreds of native plant, bird and animal species; some of which are threatened to extinction. The spectacular assemblages of rock formations dotted across the landscape are known as pagodas and are recognised as 'internationally significant'.
This area is currently under threat from development proposals that seek to mine for coal using open-cut and high-wall methods. Open-cut-mining rips up every plant and tree in site and unleashes large amounts of dust and other small particles that are harmful to human health.
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Conservation groups around the state of NSW are campaigning to have the 40,000 hectares of land in the 'Gardens of Stone Stage 2' proposal declared as State Conservation Area. This would keep low-impact, responsible mining underground, and provide a fantastic tourism opportunity for the state worth of millions of dollars.
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