Over 700 submissions were received and the Society wishes to thank everyone for their efforts. This is a phenomenal result! The many residents of Cullen Bullen who will be directly affected, were moved by the level of support.
The Blue Mountains Conservation Society recognized the value individual submissions being sent to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure which voiced opposition to the open-cut mining proposal which threatens the Ben Bullen State Forest.
It is unfortunate to note that the concerns from residents around negative health impacts from the open-cut proposal are very real. As you may recall, the mine is extremely close to the small town and its Cullen Bullen Primary School.
NSW HEALTH has stated in its submission on the proposal:
NSW ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY stated in its submission:
It is important we continue the campaign to help protect this area and prevent the NSW Government from setting a precedent that would allow open-cut mining in areas that will directly affect the headwaters of the Cox's River and the hundreds and hundreds of native plants and animals that live in this magnificent landscape we all know as The Gardens of Stone.