The Pagodas Landscapes of the Gardens of Stone
and their International Significance
Dr Haydn Washington,
Saving the Gardens of Stone, one picture at a time:
Photography's role in Conservation Campaigns
Janine Kitson & Henry Gold, Saturday 11AM-12PM
Photography has profoundly shaped Australia’s environmental consciousness. It has inspired and motivated Australians to protect areas of pristine wilderness. It has played a critical role in World Heritage listing Australia’s iconic places such as the Tasmanian wilderness. It has challenged our unsustainable contemporary consumeristic culture. It has reminded us of our responsibility to share the planet with other species. For many, wilderness photography has inspired us to protect Nature – where ever it is – with the threats of extinction, climate disruption and degraded life support systems. In this talk Janine Kitson and Herny Gold will talk about the power of landscape images to mobilise a nation and help preserve our ancient landscapes.
Henry will talk about his contribution to winning World Heritage Listing for the Blue Mountains, and his devotion to the Gardens of Stone as the latest focus of his work as a landscape photographer.
What looks ordinary or ‘lost’ in the middle of the day can at the right time be unique and beautiful.
Join professional photographer Gary Hayes for a fascinating workshop on the challenges of landscape photography and learn how he captured the ancient landscapes of the Gardens of Stone in his stunning photographs.
Take home his advice on getting those lesser photographed views among hidden pagodas and vistas. Hear how he explored and studied the landscape to find those special spots and to return in the golden and blue hours of the day. Learn about how you can use atmospheric events like smoke, haze and fog to add drama and mystery to a scene.
This workshop will teach you many tricks of the trade from composition to processing that you can use to perfect your images next time you are out capturing landscapes with your own camera.
Bushwalking adventures and exploration in GOS2
"Bushexplorers" Brian Fox and Yuri Bolotin
The Gardens of Stone region is a bushwalking paradise, and those 39,000 hectares of unprotected landscapes that are proposed for conservation as “Gardens of Stone Stage 2” is a ‘must visit’ for bushwalkers.
Listen to Yuri and Brian as they talk about what it is that makes this place so unique and what you need to prepare for your own exploration. They will cover everything from access, equipment and maps to the level of experience and skills required and how to look after the delicate environment as you visit.
Hear Yuri and Brian discuss the aspects and assets of the landscapes of Newnes State Forest, Ben Bullen State Forest, Wolgan State Forest and Mugii Murum-ban, and be inspired to visit for yourself.
The botanical significance of the Newnes Plateau Shrub Swamps
Dr Douglas Benson, Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney
Vegetation patterns are related to surface hydrology and subsurface topography, which determine local peat depth. The majority of swamps, particularly those in the Carne Creek catchment, is primarily groundwater dependent with a permanently high watertable maintained by groundwater aquifers.
These swamps are associated with the concurrence of a number of threatened groundwater dependent biota (plants-Boronia deanei subsp. deanei, Dillwynia stipulifera, dragonfly- Petalura gigantea, lizard- Eulamprus leuraensis). This association of dependence leaves the swamp ecosystem highly susceptible to threats from any loss of groundwater, the major current one being the impact of damage to the confining aquicludes, aquifers and peat substrates due to subsidence associated with longwall mining. Other impacts may also result from changes to hydrology such as damming, mine waste water discharge, increased moisture competition from pine plantations and climate change.
Saturday 12pm - 12.30pm
There are 101 reasons to protect the Gardens of Stone, but coal mining continues to destroy national and international heritage values, including cliffs, waterfalls and swamps, by controlling the regulatory environment. This misbehaviour is considered acceptable because it is largely unknown.
The Gardens of Stone is a ‘microcosm’ of all the problems that must be solved if we are to adapt, curb climate change, and thrive on a healthy planet.
Come to the workshop and help stop the damage.