Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2008 Media Releases

“Today, after eight years, a horse management plan for the thousands of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park and adjoining state forests has been released. The plan relies upon attracting feral horses into yards and trucking them out. This is slow and expensive method of control. NSW Government needs to remove feral horses more efficiently from its parks,” said Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 12 December 2008
“This morning's release of a final Tourism and National Parks Taskforce report that outlines how parks and wilderness will be developed for the commercial tourism industry, without a public comment and review period, sums up what's wrong with the NSW Government. We promise the Government a big fight over deregulation of national park and wilderness laws, having seen the disastrous results of deregulation of our planning laws,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 3 December 2008
Joint Media Statement                          Blue Mountains  Conservation Society
Posted: 3 December 2008
“Today in the Herald we learn that pollution from Delta Electricity's Wallerawang power station has ‘killed' the Coxs River . Only last month, however, Springvale Colliery received an excellence in environmental management from Australian Mining for it's Water Transfer Scheme to the same power plant. The Scheme, which sucks 20 megalitres of water a day from Newnes Plateau for use in the power plant, is the main source of the contaminated water ,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.
Posted: 2 December 2008
“Newnes Plateau is a natural wonderland just north Lithgow but one of the RTA's Great Western Highway Upgrade options would see it cut in half. Five Mt Victoria to Lithgow route options are on exhibition for public comment till the 22 nd of December,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 24 November 2008
The Colong Foundation today condemned the NSW Mineral Council for awarding its top environmental prize to Peabody Coal for an experimental attempt to repair just one rock bar on the Waratah Rivulet south of Sydney . One such repair job does not prove the experimental glue technique is good enough for drinking water catchments and sufficient to wind back much stronger and proven protection measures.
Posted: 19 November 2008
“An environment group has called on the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) to withdraw its inappropriate Business Development tender document that was advertised in the Herald today. The tender aims to ‘identify new and emerging markets to increase … revenue in NSW National Parks’. It totally overrides the public consultation process for the Park Tourism Taskforce,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 14 July 2008
The Southern Coalfield Mining Inquiry Report released today is all about abandoning protection zones and adopting a more risk taking approach within our very essential drinking water catchments. “Sydney’s water supplies are more at risk from this day on, unless the Iemma Government wakes up to the tactics of the coal mining industry,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 10 July 2008
Nature Conservation CouncilThe Wilderness SocietyNational Parks AssociationThe Colong Foundation for Wilderness,Total Environment CentreBlue Mountains Conservation Society
Posted: 11 June 2008
Total Environment CentreThe Colong Foundation for Wilderness “The NSW Government must ban the mining of multiple coal seams in drinking water supply catchments to avoid catastrophic damage to these essential resources.
Posted: 11 June 2008
The Colong Foundation is disappointed that the Iemma Government has not raised coal royalties in today's budget in line with recent moves by Queensland. This may send a strong signal for miners to come and dig up NSW, but it will be at the expense of the environment.
Posted: 3 June 2008
“The NSW Government's plans to double the scale of the cloud seeding experiment in Kosciuszko National Park may cause more rain at the Mount Selwyn resort and kill off the endangered mountain pygmy possums. Legislation introduced by Steve Whan into the NSW Parliament last week seeks to extend the cloud seeding experiment into marginal snow areas where it is more likely to make rain, not snow,” warned Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 13 May 2008
The Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) is to be congratulated for proposing the creation of wilderness reserves in Queensland, but park laws should not be rewritten to facilitate resort development in other park areas. Building resorts in national parks can never be design with nature.
Posted: 6 March 2008
“Deep splits, a metre wide, have opened up in the water supply catchment due to underground mine at the BHP-Billiton’s Dendrobium colliery[1].  Unless mining intensity is greatly reduced, the currently proposed expansion plans for the Dendrobium mine should be rejected,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 2 February 2008
“BHP-Billiton’s Appin West Colliery has caused methane gas to bubble up in the Nepean River.  Mining in Area 7 near the Nepean River commenced in November 2007 and has caused subsidence of the river bed.  Yesterday a local conservationist and Rivers SOS spokesperson, Ms Caroline Graham, reported the emergence of flammable methane gas bubbles in the river, which is a sure indicator that the river bed beneath has been cracked,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 30 January 2008
“The NSW Government must reject BHP-Billiton’s bid to vastly expand its Dendrobium mine in the vulnerable water supply catchment behind Wollongong.  The Dendrobium mine is damaging the Metropolitan Water Supply catchment beyond any sensible measure.  The proposal announced on Monday is too big and damaging,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 24 January 2008