Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2014 Media Releases

Posted: 19 December 2014
Today’s announcement by Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, that aerial culling will not be used in Kosciuszko National Park* is a disaster. Aerial culling is essential to contain the numbers of feral horses in the park.  “Mr Barilaro has offered no solution for controlling feral horses and drastically reducing their numbers”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 8 December 2014
Natural Resources Commission final report recommends commercial logging in state conservation reserves   MEDIA RELEASE                                       Monday 8th December 2014
Posted: 24 October 2014
NSW must follow Victoria and scrap its plan to log parks or risk becoming a conservation pariah at the World Parks Congress next month
Posted: 21 October 2014
Lithgow Environment Group The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Blue Mountains Conservation Society Nature Conservation Council of NSW Protect Gardens of Stone forever – declare Ben Bullen State Forest a conservation area Conservation groups are calling on the government to declare Ben Bullen State Forest a conservation area after the Planning Assessment Commission rejected Coalpac’s plans for an open–cut coal mine near Cullen Bullen in the state’s Central West for a second time.
Posted: 24 September 2014
A group of bushwalkers will set off this week on an eleven-day expedition in period costume, using century old equipment, trekking through the Blue Mountains wilderness to celebrate the birth of conservation in Australia one hundred years ago.
Posted: 24 September 2014
South West Sydney will celebrate the birth of bushwalking and conservation in Australia by marking the finish of an eleven-day re-enactment of a 1914 walk that ignited Australia’s passion for nature.
Posted: 18 September 2014
Lithgow Environment Group The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Blue Mountains Conservation Society Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Posted: 17 September 2014
Lithgow Environment Group The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Blue Mountains Conservation Society Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Posted: 3 September 2014
This spring, a surprising event celebrates the beginnings of bushwalking, which started in Australia 100 years ago.  Two young adventurers, Mr Alex Allchin and Ms Sierra Classen, are leading a walk that will be associated celebrations and events in the Blue Mountains to which everyone is welcome.
Posted: 3 September 2014
Gardens of Stone Alliance Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Lithgow Environment Group The Department of Planning & Environment recently recommended approval of Coalpac’s modified open-cut coalmine at Cullen Bullen.  It rejected a larger proposal by the company in 2013.
Posted: 7 August 2014
The Department of Planning and Environment has today recommended approval of the Coalpac open-cut mine in the Gardens of Stone region.  Conservation groups fear this recommendation will see open-cut mining continue, threatening the region’s internationally significant pagoda landscapes.  The Department’s recommendation will now be considered by the Planning Assessment Commission at a date yet to be set.
Posted: 1 August 2014
A Natural Resources Commission (NRC) draft report recommends that taxpayers subsidise the logging of four state conservation areas in the Brigalow-Nandewar Area, just north of Coonabarabran[1].  The subsidy ranges from $575 per hectare for heavy logging to $40 per hectare for low levels of logging under a scheme where the larger white cypress pine trees are proposed to be given away. 
Posted: 24 June 2014
“The Colong Foundation for Wilderness calls on the Minister for the Environment, Robert Stokes to save his career and reject plans to log and graze parks in the Pilliga just north of Coonabarabran,” urged Keith Muir, director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 10 June 2014
Treasury documents suggest that the rejection of proposed open-cut coal mines aimed at supplying the Mt Piper power plant near Lithgow could cause a major electricity price-hike in New South Wales.  But the mine’s approval would destroy a sensitive pagoda landscape in the Gardens of Stone region.
Posted: 3 June 2014
“The report into our drinking water supplies by our Chief Scientist, Prof. Mary O’Kane, is a disappointment.  The report failed to organise and present existing data on water losses, pollution, cliff falls, the swamp damage, cracked stream beds and Aboriginal heritage ruined,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 27 May 2014
Colong Foundation for Wilderness  Blue Mountains Conservation Society  Nature Conservation Council  Lithgow Environment Group Centennial Coal has unveiled plans for two massive longwall projects that would pollute Sydney’s drinking water supply and undermine more than 5,000 hectares of forest and pagoda rock formations in the Newnes State Forest, north of Lithgow.
Posted: 17 April 2014
“A 11,000 hectare wilderness addition Gazetted today will help protect Sydney’s drinking water supplies from coal mining and coal seam gas retraction.  We congratulate Environment Minister, Robyn Parker and the Member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell for this added protection,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. “This wilderness declaration significantly adds to protection of the Nattai National Park, which is restricted to 60 metres depth and does not give full protection,” Mr Muir said.
Posted: 9 April 2014
Yesterday the Minster for Environment and Heritage, Robyn Parker announced horse trails through wilderness areas in the Deua, Monga, Kosciuszko and Mummel Gulf National Parks for a two year trial.  Yet Minister Parker has apparently done nothing to properly investigate vandalism that the Colong Foundation for Wilderness alleges was caused by horse riders and her staff in the lead up to this trial.
Posted: 3 April 2014
Colong Foundation for Wilderness  Blue Mountains Conservation Society  Nature Conservation Council  Lithgow Environment Group Environment groups are outraged that a company under administration has lodged an application to restart and expand a coal mine in the Gardens of Stone near Lithgow that is very similar to a project that has been rejected already by state planning bodies.
Posted: 8 March 2014
Raising the wall of Warragamba Dam by 23 metres to reduce downstream flooding -- as recommended in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Review -- would lead to the destruction of some of the most heavily-protected wilderness areas in Australia, yet still fail to eliminate the flood risks for western Sydney communities.
Posted: 4 March 2014
“Coalpac, a mining company under administration, has today lodged a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act*, 1999 to mine over 300 hectares in the Ben Bullen State Forest, next to the Cullen Bullen township.  Coalpac claims its new proposal does not need to be regulated under Federal environmental laws, despite its last proposal being over the same area that was opposed by a Planning Assessment Commission and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 3 March 2014
The National Parks and Wildlife Service last month placed on public exhibition a bike plan to allow for the construction of bike trails and further commercial use in Kosciuszko National Park.  The Colong Foundation for Wilderness believes that this proposed plan is illegal as it contradicts the management principles for national parks* that are enshrined in law. These principles require that visitor use proposals be compatible with the natural values of the park.
Posted: 20 February 2014
“Tasmanian has some of the largest and most intact national parks in Australia but it does not have a Wilderness Act to protect these areas.  Yesterday’s policy announcement by the state’s Liberal Opposition for more tourism development in national parks is going in the wrong direction.  Now more than ever, Tasmania needs to protect its most endangered and precious asset, its outstandingly beautiful wilderness”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.