Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Stealth film, don't ambush the Grose Wilderness, go shoot elsewhere

"The final scene shoot out for the Stealth adventure film proposed in the Grose Wilderness of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is an attack on wilderness and the birthplace of the NSW nature conservation movement. Wilderness areas should not to be treated like a plywood film sets to be knocked around," said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

"If approved, the proposed Stealth adventure film shoot will set a precedent for commercial operations in protected wilderness areas. The film will define what the Wilderness Act means by protection of the unmodified state of nature," Mr Muir said.

"The Stealth film proposal will also be a test case for the new Regulatory Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation. Controversial proposals in national parks are no longer considered by Parks and Wildlife Service, and it will be interesting to see which way the new Regulatory Division jumps regarding this filming proposal.

"When the Wilderness Act was proclaimed in 1987 nobody ever imagined that a major commercial operation, such as a shoot for large a Hollywood-style adventure movie, would ever be proposed in a wilderness area.

"The Carr Government risks rolling back wilderness protection in this state if this filming proposal is approved," Mr Muir said.

Mr Muir said that "Commercial filming should not be granted concessions way beyond the strict controls everyone else complies with when visiting these areas. The proposed film and extensive equipment, staff and crew, electric generators and decking would be out of proportion with the strict limits on visitors to wilderness areas."

"If approved it may be much harder to hold onto wilderness protection when future proposals come forward. The proponents of the Stealth film should find a less sensitive and controversial site than the Grose Wilderness. When the environmental consultant for Stealth approached me last year regarding this proposal, I offered to find alternative sites for them. The offer stands," said Mr Muir.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 9550 3615 (ah)