Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2010 Media Releases

“The credibility of National Parks and Wildlife review of its mountain bikes policy use has been severely damaged by the revelation that the facilitator for a series of forum held on this issue is closely aligned with the mountain bike lobby.  The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has today called for the results from these public meetings to be thrown out and for National Parks and Wildlife to explain why it granted such a sensitive task to a mountain bike advocate and who is also involved in building tracks.
Posted: 20 October 2010
“Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett should intervene to ensure that the nationally endangered swamps on Newnes Plateau are actually protected before more are destroyed by intensive underground coal mining,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “At least three swamps on the Plateau have been severely damaged due to the longwall coal mining,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 14 July 2010
“The assertion that BioBanking agreements permanently protect conservation areas has been proven false by a coal mining proposal south of Sydney,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “The very first BioBanking site in NSW, the 80 hectare St Marys Towers site at Douglas Park, is not safe.  The BioBanking regime has failed its first test because it did not consider the negative impact of a large underground coal mining proposal by BHP-Billiton,” Mr Muir revealed. 
Posted: 24 June 2010
ATTENTION: CHIEF OF STAFF, NEWS DESK, ENVIRONMENT WRITER “TONIGHT, Minister Frank Sartor plans to push a National Park development Bill through the NSW Parliament with bi-partisan support.  The new law is about issue of leases and licences for park development and it will make it easier to cut holes in parks for exclusive private use,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. 
Posted: 9 June 2010
Blue Mountain Conservation Society Colong Foundation for Wilderness “The NSW Government can be truly proud of its record in dedicating national parks. The acquisition of the 800th National Park, the 2,800 hectare Capertee National Park, creates a haven for endangered woodland birds. It will also be a fantastic holiday destination when opened to the public in a few months time,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 9 June 2010
Minister Sartor’s National Park development Bill to be introduced into Parliament today seeks to shift the focus of National Parks away from conservation toward development.  “The rebranded National Parks and Wildlife (Visitors and Tourist) Bill 2010 will, if passed, facilitate the issue of exclusive, private development rights in our National Parks,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “Essentially, this Bill sets about regulating the privatisation of some of the best bits in our national parks”, he said.
Posted: 2 June 2010
“Labor candidate for Penrith, Cr John Thain has indicated he would be happy to see the transformation of the Great River Walk into a ‘mini-Darling Harbour’ (Penrith Star, 27 May).  Turning a walk into some sort of mini-resort Disneyland on the flood prone Nepean foreshore makes no sense at all”, said Mr Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 2 June 2010
Blue Mountains Conservation Society The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Lithgow Environment Group Blue Mountains environment groups believe that the sensitive northern areas of Baal Bone Colliery should be surrendered by Xstrata as part of the development proposal for mine completion and rehabilitation. 
Posted: 16 May 2010
“Expert legal advice obtained by the Colong Foundation reveals that proposed new national park laws[1]
Posted: 12 May 2010
"The Colong Foundation’s recently released report (The impact of coal mining on the Gardens of Stone) contains mountains of evidence on the damage being caused in a proposed Gardens of Stone reserve.  The reserve proposal has been specifically configured to allow continued underground coal mining, provided the values of the area are protected,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.,
Posted: 4 May 2010
Imagine, New South Wales has its very own Bungle Bungle Range just 2½ hours from Sydney on the western edge of the Blue Mountains.  It is a place of superlative scenery and tremendous botanical diversity.  Today the Colong Foundation reveals that this little known wonderland called the Gardens of Stone may soon be spoiled if high impact coal mining is not curbed. 
Posted: 27 April 2010
“The tourism master plan for Kakadu National Park launched by Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett on Tuesday promises ten long years of development for Kakadu National Park.  This tourism development plan could cut the eyes out of Kakadu.  Minister Garrett should be ashamed of this Plan, not celebrate it”, said Mr Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “More of Kakadu’s beauty spots and sensitive areas would be developed under this plan,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 1 April 2010
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness said that the Aerial Survey of Feral Horses in the Australian Alps released today is a wake up call for better control.  The independent survey by Dr Michelle Dawson reveals that there are 7,700 feral horses in the Australian Alps.  The numbers of feral horses in the high country have never been so high. 
Posted: 15 March 2010