Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

2016 Media Releases

“Minister Josh Frydenburg’s announced conditions for Badgerys Creek Airport are weak.  If adopted, the proposed conditions create a “plan for an airport plan” that will be developed by the ‘seat of the pants’ method,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 14 November 2016
“The elimination of mine water discharges to the Coxs River is something that every Sydney water consumer should welcome.  Today’s announcement by Centennial Coal and Energy Australia that treated discharges from the Springvale mine to the river “will no longer be required” is a good step but more work is required,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. The new Scheme must treat more mine water
Posted: 9 November 2016
“The Manildra Group of companies today lodged a proposal to reopen the Invincible open-cut coal mine that was twice rejected by the Planning Assessment Commission in 2014.  Manildra has disingenuously made the open-cut proposal small while at the same time it has applied for access to coal resources in an area of 1,368 hectares around the proposed mine site.  Manildra has applied for coal exploration licences No. 5289 and 5290 over much of the Ben Bullen State Forest that is of high conservation value,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.
Posted: 27 September 2016
“The proposal for the Springvale-Mt Piper Power Plant water transfer scheme released today is very disappointing.  The proposed scheme does not seek a zero release outcome.  Instead, it allows for continued discharge of treated mine water to Wangcol Creek and then into Sydney’s drinking water supply,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 27 September 2016
“The Gardens of Stone region is less than an hour’s drive from Katoomba and two hour’s drive from Sydney, yet it has only been seen by a few people.  It is an area of unparalleled beauty with thousands of unique, ornate, fragile stone towers or pagodas, which make the famous and much visited Three Sisters in Katoomba diminished by comparison. The Gardens of Stone is the ‘Land of the 10,000 Sisters’!
Posted: 19 September 2016
For over 80 years conservationists have known that the Gardens of Stone region was a place worth saving.  It was an intuitive knowledge that this land of lost secrets just had to be protected.  Now there is a credible independent report of the areas heritage values and was intuitively know is now scientifically understood.  There are 100 reasons to reserve the Gardens of Stone!
Posted: 17 September 2016
Conservationists are disappointed in the decision today by the Land and Environment Court that will allow continued discharge of mine water into Sydney’s drinking water supplies. 
Posted: 13 September 2016
In its latest longwall mine extraction plan, Centennial Coal has admitted to damaging five nationally listed swamps it had previously denied damaging for over a decade.  Further, the damage is due to far-field impacts that were not assessed through the planning process in any Environmental Impact Statement for the Springvale mine.
Posted: 12 September 2016
“The NSW Department of Planning and Environment can stop environmental damage being caused by the Springvale mine through a variation of the mine’s consent.  Centennial Coal has applied for a mine variation and public comment on it ends today.  The public interest will be best served when this consent modification process fixes errors identified in the consent so as to improve environmental outcomes,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
Posted: 23 August 2016
The pro-horse lobby protesting today outside the NSW Parliament has grabbed the wrong end of the horse argument.  Opposing a drastic reduction in horse numbers is equivalent to being opposed to nature-based park management.  National parks are set aside for conservation.  They are supposed to be permanent, public and protected.  Kosciuszko National Park should be managed for nature, but 6000 feral horses are degrading it and our visitor experience of it, Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said. 
Posted: 2 August 2016
Coming on the heels of plans to rip up native vegetation laws in the city and the bush, conservationists are reeling from today’s announcement to raise of the Warragamba dam wall as it would damage the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Posted: 17 June 2016
Conservation groups today welcomed the Environment Protection Authority's top level prosecution of Centennial Coal for its coal fines pollution of the Wollangambe River near Lithgow. (See EPA release) The Wollangambe is the most popular canyoning river in NSW and flows through the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Posted: 10 May 2016
Conservationists and concerned citizens will gather outside the Land and Environment Court in Macquarie Street next Monday at 9.30am May 9 to support 4nature’s legal action seeking effective protection of Sydney’s drinking water catchments.
Posted: 6 May 2016
Nationally threatened swamps[i] have posed an apparently unbeatable problem to coal miners for although they cover a small area, they are distributed across the Southern and Western Coalfields and longwall
Posted: 3 March 2016
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has renewed calls for the NSW Government to declare Ben Bullen State Forest a conservation area after hearing of plans to expand the Invincible open–cut coal mine located at Cullen Bullen north of Lithgow in the state’s Central West. 
Posted: 29 January 2016