Protect the Gardens of Stone
the highest and best use of the area is for conservation
The NSW Government has put environment on an equal footing with mining. A Planning Assessment Commission will have a second review the Springvale mine extension proposal.
Last year, a Planning Assessment Commission also recognised the conservation values of the region. Lets protect the Gardens of Stone.
Send a message to the Premier and your local member to protect the Ben Bullen, Wolgan and Newnes forests in a state conservation area.
- Visit the Protect Gardens of Stone website.
- Sign the GetUp! Protect Gardens of Stone petition.
- Share your thoughts regarding Protection of the Gardens of Stone on Facebook.
- Support Letters
The report The Impact of Coal Mining on the Gardens of Stone outlines the reserve proposal and why it is important that the Gardens of Stone be reserved.
The proposal is an absolutely spectacular place and the last unprotected part of Myles Dunphy’s 1934 Greater Blue Mountains Park vision.
Reserving the Gardens of Stone would enable a conservation based management regime appropriate to the area.
- What is the Gardens of Stone Proposal?
- Download the Detailed Gardens of Stone 2 Proposal from the Blue Mountains Conservation Society website (18Mb PDF).
Visit The Gardens of Stone
The Gardens of Stone provide opportunities for people from modern day explorers who want a surprising experience at every corner to families and history buffs who are sure to be amazed at how the area has developed.
There are a number of threats to the conservation of the Gardens of Stone. The most significant impact is coal mining which in turn affects water quality in a significant part of the region, causes cliff collapses, pagoda cracking and swamps to dry up.
- Pumping Newnes Plateau dry and swamp damage
- Cliff and pagoda damage
- Unenforceable development consent conditions
- Swamp Death Monitoring
The Hon. Bob Carr launched a report on the Impact of Coal Mining on the Gardens of Stone on 27 April, 2010 [transcript]. The report details the devastating impacts of coal mining at the Gardens of Stone, including the collapse of several hundred of cliffs and the poisoning of nationally endangered swamps with mine effluent. The report also outlines what can be done to stop the damage and save this ecologically significant area. As a result is is important that this area receive the protection it deserves.