Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Save Sydney's Wild Rivers

Harry Burkitt wins NCC Marie Byles Award for most inspiring community action initiative

MARIE BYLES AWARD - For the most inspiring community action initiative.

Colong Wild Rivers [aka - Get a Dam]
Region: Blue Mountains
Contact: Harry Burkitt 0490 010 909
Lives: Lalor Park (Blacktown City)

Congratulations Harry Burkitt - Australia's young environmentalist of the year

[Extract from Bob Brown Foundation media release - 29 October, 2018 ]

The Bob Brown Foundation presented its 7th annual Environment Awards in Hobart today, honouring environmentalists from across the world and around Australia. The awards were established in 2012 to acknowledge environmentalists campaigning to protect the natural world, with a particular focus on activism and a preparedness to confront environmental destruction head on.

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Coalition of experts condemn dam plan

A letter has been sent to the NSW Premier by over 20 prominent scientists, park managers and former environment ministers condemning legislation to allow dam inundation of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Signatories include former Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett, UNSW ecologist Professor Richard Kingsford, businessman and environmentalist Geoff Cousins and former NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus.

NSW Government putting lives at risk on the floodplain

134,000 people would be added to the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain over the next 30 years a key NSW government report on raising of Warragamba Dam wall has stated1.

Australian Government on notice of World Heritage threat

"The Colong Foundation is so concerned about the prospect of raising of the Warragamba Dam wall that it sent its Wild Rivers Campaigner, Harry Burkitt to meet with the World Heritage Committee delegates in Bahrain.  The former Environment Minister, Bob Debus, who also attended the meeting, has reported that as a result of these representations, international concerns have been raised over these plans to flood parts of the World Heritage listed property.  His report follows", said Keith Muir, director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Wilderness promises a future on World Environment Day

“On World Environment Day it’s easy to get depressed about the appalling fate of all life on earth.  We won’t clean up our act.  Yet despite the abuse, waste and greed we inflict on the more-than-human world, it nurtures us.  And incredibly for Sydney-siders wilderness is still easy to visit. It’s only a two hour train trip away,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation.

Bob Brown and Bob Debus to launch campaign to save Blue Mountains wild rivers

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness will be launching its Wild Rivers Campaign in the Blue Mountains later this month. Dr Bob Brown and Bob Debus AM have thrown their support behind the conservation group’s push to save 65 kilometres of World Heritage Listed wild rivers from the proposed raising of Warragamba Dam wall.

Raising Warragamba Dam Wall - Expensive, Ineffective and Environmentally Destructive

Raising the wall of Warragamba Dam by 23 metres to reduce downstream flooding -- as recommended in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Review -- would lead to the destruction of some of the most heavily-protected wilderness areas in Australia, yet still fail to eliminate the flood risks for western Sydney communities.