Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2012 Media Releases

Posted: 21 December 2012
A Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) report released today has recommended against a large open-cut mining proposal in a scenic gateway area that is part of the Gardens of Stone in the western Blue Mountains.  The proposal would have destroyed almost 1,000 hectares of public forest beside the Castlereagh Highway about 30 kilometres north of Lithgow,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “The PAC decision is the best Christmas present the Blue Mountains could have received,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 13 November 2012
“A former National Party MLC, Mr Richard Bull, will be an independent facilitator for trial grazing in river red gum national parks Minister Robyn Parker announced today.  The announcement comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of horse riding trials in five wilderness areas”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 7 November 2012
“Horse riding in declared wilderness areas is illegal and the only thing sustainable# about it is the degradation it causes to these pristine areas,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “Under an old (2006) Memorandum of Understanding between horse riders and the NSW Liberal Party and the NSW Nationals, horse riding is being allowed into protected wilderness.  This is a kick in the guts for the five wilderness areas affected, which will now become degraded by weeds and soil erosion,” he said.
Posted: 5 September 2012
“The tourism industry is playing the states off against each other to build more resorts in national parks.  With our protected areas under attack across Australia, the 6th National Wilderness Conference later this month comes at a critical time,” Keith Muir, director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, said today.
Posted: 8 August 2012
MEDIA RELEASE                                Wednesday 8 August, 2012 “Centennial Coal has hoodwinked the Federal environmental regulator with its proposed trial mining at Angus Place, north of Lithgow. The trial mining seeks to increase the intensity of coal mining at the mine,” said Keith Muir, director, of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 2 August 2012
“Government plans to cut green tape would be counterproductive, and see businesses make costly blunders. And COAGs’ Taskforce on environmental deregulation is a monumental mistake,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “The Emirates Wolgan Valley resort is held up by the right, including Mr Andrew Bolt, as an example of why Australia needs to cut green tape. Well actually, no Mr Bolt, it’s an example of what happens when you cut green tape, as this resort was the first approved under NSW’s notorious Part 3A planning law,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 31 July 2012
“Finally there’s a national environmental consensus, but it’s not a good one! The Council of Australian Governments has decided to cut state and federal environmental laws at the request of mining and development interests,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.
Posted: 17 July 2012
“Peter Cochran, the ex-National Member for Monaro, whose family runs a private commercial company ‘Cochran Horse Treks’ from Yaouk near Adaminaby and Khancoban on the west of the Kosciuszko National Park, wants access to wilderness. The Cochran family business would benefit from any trial that throws open alpine wilderness to horse riding,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.
Posted: 22 June 2012
National Parks Association of NSW Nature Conservation Council of NSW The Colong Foundation for wilderness Ltd Wildlife Information and Rescue Service Total Environment Centre The Wilderness Society The amended Game and Feral Animal Act provides enormous dangers for the future of the State's national parks, according to a coalition of environment animal welfare organisations.
Posted: 21 June 2012
  “Last night saw new hunting legislation pass through the Upper House of the NSW Parliament and its passage into law is just a matter of procedure. Conservationists are now rapidly mustering their resources and will work with political parties, community and trade union groups to ensure there is no hunting in national parks,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 4 June 2012
  “Environment groups and members of the local community have joined this protest today in support of the rangers and field officers who are taking industrial action to prevent hunting in our national parks,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 30 May 2012
  “A deal between the NSW Government and the Shooters Party over electricity privatisation will see hunters using national parks for their distasteful blood sport. This is the most sickening political development in 40 years of nature conservation in NSW,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 27 April 2012
  Blue Mountains Conservation Society The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd   “Enhance Place’s report to the Federal Government committing to the “re-instatement of selected rocky outcrops” in its recent Pine Dale open-cut proposal for over 200 hectares of publicly-owned State Forest at Blackmans Flat just can’t be honoured.
Posted: 29 March 2012
  Minister Parker’s River Red Gum Tourism Action Plan will see facilities in the new River Red Gum Reserves built before reserve management plans have even been exhibited for these parks.  A Tourism Action Plan is no substitute for a reserve management plan. The reserve plans of management are a well proven method for considering visitor use within the context of conservation management needs.  
Posted: 15 March 2012
“Yesterday Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke issued an approval to Springvale Colliery located near Lithgow.  The approval had as its first condition a secondary approval process that could permit longwall mining under the best remaining Nationally Endangered peat swamps in the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal.  The approval did not, however, require a transparent and public assessment process to help ensure any subsequent Ministerial decisions are properly made,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 14 March 2012
“Environment Minister Tony Burke has protected the best remaining intact nationally endangered swamps in the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal for the moment, but also offered the miners a further process that could permit longwall coal mining under them at a later date.  It’s a decision in favour of conservation today, but could be reversed tomorrow, which is not the way to make decisions,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

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