Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Cliff and Pagoda Damage

Since the 1980s the Colong Foundation, the Colo Committee, Blue Mountains Conservation Society, along with the National Parks Association and Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs have brought the plight of the Newnes Plateau to public attention. Longwall coal mining was collapsing literally hundreds of cliffs along the Plateau. Coal mining on the western side of the Blue Mountains causes up to two metres of surface subsidence. The rock strata above longwall mining operations in the Mountains collapse into the void created by the mining. The ground cracks with subsidence, creek flow and water levels in swamps diminish, and if cliffs or pagodas rest above the coal seam, these topple and collapse. The response to the damage has produced further monitoring (that reported more cliffs falls), euphemistic language and inadequate protection zones to reduce the damage. NSW exported 91.5 million tonnes of coal in 2007 contributing to the greenhouse gases that will affect the world our children will live in. The Colong Foundation hopes that Lithgow Council will develop alternate avenues of productive work for their residents that protects the environment and enriching their lives, such as tourism.

See the Damage to NSW "Bungle Bungle Range"

Read a short report on Monitoring the Death of Protected Swamps.

Hundreds of cliff collapses and large surface cracks have been recorded by Mr Chris Jonkers at the Baal Bone Colliery, but nothing has been done to reduce the cliff damage in the 28 years of mine operation. To obtain the GoogleEarth.kmz file by Chris for visual picture of the damage above the colliery's longwall panels can be forwarded by email: contact keith@colongwilderness.org.au The six most recent cliff falls are sites numbers 107, 111 to 114 and 227 and occurred in 2009 above Long Wall 28 at the Colliery. (You need to have the GoogleEarth (a free program) for these above data to work on your computer).

The GPS co-ordinates and a brief description for over 200 damage sites are available here.(see attached .pdf  71KB) This free data from the non-expert, expert Mr Chris Jonkers, of the coal mining abuse done to NSW's equivalent of the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia. And to Take Action to stop the damage.......

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