Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Gardens of Stone

Angus Place mine extension – heralds damaging mining in the spectacular Gardens of Stone region

Today Centennial Coal placed on public exhibition a revised plan for the Angus Place mine north of Lithgow.

The proposal seeks to mine coal more intensively than previously at its Springvale mine.  The mine project covers an enormous area - 10,551ha of Newnes State Forest and Centennial Coal is seeking a consent to mine coal until 2053.

Lithgow celebrates the value of unity

Coal mining unionists and environmentalists Vernon Moffitt (1924-2001) and Joyce Moffitt (1930-1999) will be celebrated with the unveiling of a plaque, followed by a BBQ lunch, on Sunday 30 June, 1pm at the Lithgow State Heritage Mine Park, 3A State Mine Gully Road, Lithgow.

Destination Pagoda puts Lithgow on the tourist map

Tonight the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation and Lithgow Environment Group* launch a visitor plan that positions Lithgow as the gateway to the Gardens of Stone area. Accompanying the report is a short documentary on the efforts of a growing community alliance to protect the area.

Lithgow can be the next Katoomba

“Lithgow on the western edge of the Blue Mountains is endowed with some of the best natural assets in NSW, but rather than honour and protect these assets, it has let them go unmanaged.  I’m not talking about the region’s declining coal resources, but its spectacular and internationally significant pagoda landscapes,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.

Independent Planning Commission gives “Nut Coal” a green tick

“Yesterday the Independent Planning Commission gave approval to Invincible, an open-cut coal mine in the Gardens of Stone region, so that it can start mining.  So Coal is King even when most of the good coal has been already mined in an irreplaceable and internationally significant pagoda landscape,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Hello Lithgow! - Banner Day promotes protection of the Gardens of Stone region

Yesterday (Sunday Nov 26, 2017) 150 people from Lithgow, Blue Mountains and Sydney gathered near Dobbs Drift, Lithgow to celebrate the Gardens of Stone region.  Their message was that Lithgow needs to reserve 39,000 hectares of internationally significant bushland if it is to grow its tourism industry.  This they demonstrated by unfurling two giant banners below a huge pagoda that overlooks Lithgow that they have called “Sphinx Pagoda”.  Its mystery - why does Lithgow oppose conservation of its internationally significant pagoda bushlands???

NSW Gov urged to protect Gardens of Stone to boost Lithgow's tourism economy.

The Gardens of Stone Alliance

Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Colong Foundation for Wilderness
Lithgow Environment Group

MEDIA ALERT                         

Local environmental groups are urging the NSW Government to provide a much-needed boost to the Lithgow economy by reserving 39,000 hectares of internationally significant bushland that is critical for the region's growing tourism industry.