Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2011 Media Releases

Posted: 21 December 2011
“Putting stock into our national parks would cause a pest management problem, nothing more.  They would destroy native plants, prevent regeneration by eating young shorts, churn up the ground, pollute waterways and displace native fauna.  For a national park, stock damage to native plants and animals are pest management issues. 
Posted: 14 December 2011
“Environment Minister Tony Burke must act to protect the best remaining intact nationally endangered swamps on Newnes Plateau by refusing to allow longwall coal mining under them,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “In two mining proposals on exhibition under Federal environmental laws, Centennial Coal relies on a report that denies that longwall mining causes damage to swamps. These proposals to mine under the swamps on Newnes Plateau is likely to cause needless damage, and Minister Burke must stop it”, he said.
Posted: 27 August 2011
“In a surprising development, Lithgow council last week resolved to oppose Coalpac’s open-cut mining plans that would scalp 1088 hectares of scenic forests on both sides of the Castlereagh Highway north of the Mt Piper power plant.  These forests are a scenic gateway to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area beyond, but if this open-cut mine were approved it would end up looking like the Gates of Hyades,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 16 August 2011
“The National Parks and Wildlife announcement this week of building mountain bikes tracks will divert limited funds needed for on-ground conservation work to the construction of facilities that damage park values.  Bike riders have vast amounts of legal access to thousands of kilometres of park roads, including management trials.
Posted: 22 July 2011
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, of more Commonwealth protection for our National Parks during his address to the Sydney Institute.  Ref: http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/burke/2011/sp20110720.html
Posted: 21 March 2011
“Today’s environment policy announcement is a missed opportunity that fails to build on Labor’s strong environment record.  Labor’s climate policy is notably weak.  This is a policy area where State Labor should distinguish itself sharply from the Coalition but instead has chosen to be a small political target,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 15 March 2011
“Labor’s 10 point plan is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough to address the enormous problems that can arise when coal and gas development is given development priority over almost every other land use in a region”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “Labor’s Coal and Coal Seam Gas Plan doesn’t offer any variation of mining intensity or adaptive management, but does propose more feedback to government on mining development and regulatory tools, such as where it will ban mining,” he said.
Posted: 4 March 2011
Blue Mountains Conservation Society The Colong Foundation for Wilderness After a 30 year campaign, two dramatic plateaus (Genowlan Mtn and Mt Airly) in the Capertee Valley have been reserved as the 3,600 hectare Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area.  This scenic and biologically diverse area is a key part of the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal and was initially proposed for intensive coal mining that would have caused the ground to collapse 1.8 metres, but the mining intensity has been wound back. 
Posted: 7 January 2011
“Today’s announcement by Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell to make Dharawal a National Park is fully justified by the area’s values.  The decision also clearly establishes the standing of the Shadow Environment Minister, Catherine Cusack in the Shadow Cabinet, and is supported by Shadow Industry Minister, Duncan Gay,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “Mining operations must be made to operate so that the environment and society is protected”, he said.

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