Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2013 Media Releases

Posted: 23 December 2013
“Everyone who visits the oil shale ruins at Mt Airly will immediately fall in love with its delightful artefacts and spectacular setting. The ruins at Airly eloquently express the organic genius and determination of its past inhabitants, who struggled with adversity and hardship, and lived close to the earth.
Posted: 19 November 2013
“The NSW Government has only partially blocked the Shooters and Fishers Party, and other hardliners plans to push back conservation gains with its response to the Public Lands Inquiry that was released today. The Government’s stance will also not please the bullet and hook mob whose demand for logging in North Coast national parks was rejected,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 5 November 2013
“Today’s joint Premier and Prime Ministerial announcement for developing a one stop shop for expedited environmental approvals is a revealing faux pas regarding the streamlining Federal environmental assessment.  Development proposals won’t be subjected to an independent determination process, but a predetermined ‘rubber stamp’ approval process,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 31 October 2013
“Claims in today’s Daily Telegraph that the property owned by Brad Hazzard’s Chief of Staff overlooks the Coalpac open-cut mine proposal are wrong.  Ms Kath McFarlane’s property faces north away from the mine and overlooks a national park,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 25 September 2013
“Biodiversity Offsets are meant to deliver conservation outcomes that would not otherwise occur.  The Coalpac open-cut proposal north of Lithgow has, however, proposed existing publicly owned and protected land as biodiversity offsets,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.
Posted: 2 September 2013
“Yesterday the Sunday Telegraph broke the news that Premier Barry O’Farrell had appointed a Cabinet Subcommittee headed by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner to ‘solve the problem of why vital coal and gas projects are not being approved’ (page 26),” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 16 August 2013
“The three reserve gazettals today are all good dedications, each in a different way, but all contribute to an improved conservation outcome for NSW,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said. “The largest reservation, Warrambool State Conservation Area, adds to a poorly reserved landscape known as the Darling River Plains Bioregion, which was almost unprotected before today’s reservation.  We congratulate Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, for this 12,298 hectare addition to the reserve estate,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 29 July 2013
“The NSW Government today introduced a draft planning policy to facilitate mining development.  If adopted the policy, which is on public display for two weeks, will make the significance of the mineral resource the principle consideration when considering a new mining proposal,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed. “The NSW Government’s Mining Department# will decide what a significant resource is, so the fate of mining proposals will be determined by pro-mining government bureaucrats,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 23 July 2013
“Last Saturday Environment Minister Robyn Parker issued a media release about a new fund to compensate losses to threatened species habitat caused by development.  Apparently accreditation is to be sought for this offsetting process under the Federal environmental laws,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 27 June 2013
“The small band of horse riders demanding access to remote wilderness under the NSW Government’s Strategic Directions report has now shown their true colours.  They have chosen bright orange spray paint to mark the horse riding trails carved through the wilderness,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.
Posted: 15 May 2013
“The only way for the NSW Government can avoid a high-profile public shaming is to reject ALL the recommendations of the Public Lands Inquiry report released today”, said Keith Muir, director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “Sydney will host the World Parks Congress in November 2014 – an important conference held only once in a decade.  As things stand, many foreign delegates to this Congress will be pouring scorn on the NSW Governments for failing to defend national parks from attack by the Shooters and Fishers Party”, said Mr Muir.
Posted: 13 May 2013
Joint media release:The Wilderness SocietyNational Parks Association of NSWNature Conservation Council of NSWThe Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd Four of the state’s leading conservation organisations have called on the O’Farrell government to reject the recommendations of the upper house inquiry into public lands [1] to allow logging in national parks and place a moratorium on new conservation areas.
Posted: 21 March 2013
“Approval of the Coalpac open-cut expansion plan would be the death knell for electricity generation using coal sourced from underground mines in the Lithgow Region.  The consequence of such a decision would be devastating, as it would see extensive strips of beautiful escarpment scenery turned into heaps of rock waste,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 18 March 2013
“Coalpac’s revised open-cut coal mine proposal at Cullen Bullen north of Lithgow now looks like a plate of spaghetti.  The new plan, received by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure last week, is to open-cut mine the last thin strips of coal remaining along the hill slopes below a complex of cliff lines running off the Great Dividing Range, causing maximum damage to public forests for the least benefit,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 28 February 2013
“Premier O’Farrell’s decision to investigate the Game Council will no doubt reveal more dirt on the Game Council.  It is a public agency that confuses the administration of Government policy with political campaigning for hunting, including in our national parks,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 28 February 2013
“Prime Minister Julia Gillard needs to take a ‘rain check’ before funding a giant dam that would flood 118 kilometres of wild rivers in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  The environmental assessment of flood management options for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River has already been announced by the NSW Government and the Prime Minister should not pre-empt due process,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 15 February 2013
The NSW Government may allow children as young as 12 to hunt in national parks, perhaps using bows and arrows or muskets.  This surprise development has emerged from amongst leaked outcomes of a meeting held yesterday between officers of the Office of Environment and Heritage and those of the Game Council.
Posted: 14 February 2013
“Large dams have not been built in NSW since the 1980s because they are inappropriate, expensive and environmentally damaging,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said. “The dam proposals leaked by the Federal Opposition today have been around for generations and most have been repeatedly rejected by economists, hydrologists as well as conservationists”, Mr Muir said.