Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2005 Media Releases

Lithgow City Council tonight will consider the controversial Capertee Heliport that council officers have recommended for approval in a report released last Friday evening. “Tonight we will see whether Lithgow Council has any sensitivity to community concern or if it is simply a rubber stamp for development. Nothing has been resolved with this proposal,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 19 December 2005
The announcement of an 11,000 hectares Chaelundi wilderness today is another step toward the protection of our precious wilderness estate.  This wilderness, however, is just one of a number of backlog of areas that remain to be protected in NSW”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 29 November 2005
Today the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the Colo Committee launched a new proposal to protect 40,000 hectares.  The proposal, centred on the township of Lithgow, is called the Gardens of Stone.
Posted: 28 November 2005
A peak environment group today called on the NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, to disclose his Government’s “exclusive negotiation agreement” with Perisher Blue, a high profile leaseholder in the alpine region of Kosciuszko National Park. “The Colong Foundation has obtained a copy of Perisher Blue’s current lease and it does not allow the Company’s application for a major development in the Park.” said Ms Fiona McCrossin, Assistant Director of the Foundation.
Posted: 23 November 2005
“Spreading death to predators from the air in Kosciuszko National Park is a reckless action that will place endangered dingo and quoll populations at risk”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “Instead of killing wild dogs, the National Parks and Wildlife should be reintroducing endangered pure-bred dingoes as a top level predator into Kosciuszko National Park in ecologically significant numbers,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 10 November 2005
Today’s announced superhighway scheme is an absurd attack on the precious Blue Mountains World Heritage Wilderness that the Carr Government fought so hard to protect in 2000.
Posted: 10 November 2005
Sydney has a voracious demand for sand and is set to consume increasing amounts of sand from Newnes Plateau and five other very environmentally sensitive areas.  The Colong Foundation, however, proposes that offshore sand extraction should be considered as an alternative option in the Sydney Construction Materials Strategy currently being developed by the Department of Planning.
Posted: 2 November 2005
“The controversial plan to turn Newnes Plateau 125 kilometres west of Sydney into a sand pit will be discussed at Lithgow Council chambers today by stakeholders.  It is expected that the media will again be locked out as was the case in June’, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. ‘Newnes Plateau is being advanced for sand mining development in front of five other alternatives.  The proposals for Newnes threaten the adjacent World Heritage area, which would degrade the region’s most important natural resource’, he said.
Posted: 26 October 2005
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness today called on the NSW, Victoria and the ACT governments to reject a $15 million dollar plan by the Federal Government to make a World Heritage listing nomination of the Alpine National Parks contingent upon the creation of a cattle grazing and horseriding theme park. The Foundation called the plan a thinly veiled bribe to the Victorian government to retract its ban on cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and throw cash at all three governments to push new horseriding trails through 1.6 million hectares of alpine parks in NSW, Victoria and ACT.
Posted: 11 October 2005
The new Draft Plan of Management for the Namadgi National Park is one of the best to come out of South East Australia for a number of years, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. Mr Muir said that “The draft plan leads to way toward better protection of the natural environment.  It will help to foster appropriate nature-focussed recreation and conserve Canberra’s water resources, while facilitating co-management of the park by the local Aboriginal community.”
Posted: 9 September 2005