Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

The Gardens of Stone Alliance* Wins Heritage Award

The Gardens of Stone Alliance* Wins Heritage Award

The "Gardens of Stone: In Focus” photographic exhibition held in September 2016 at the University of Sydney Law School won this year’s NSW National Trust’s Advocacy Award for an outstanding campaign.

“This award is further evidence that the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal is a highly valued place in NSW and must be fully protected”, said Keith Muir, Alliance member and Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.  

The Blue Mountains Conservation Society’s new President, Madi Maclean, also represented the Alliance at the National Trust’s Annual Heritage Awards luncheon at Doltone House, Pyrmont on Friday 28 April, 2017.  

Joan Domicelj, founding Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee and author of the 1998 World Heritage nomination report attended as an honoured guest of the Gardens of Stone Alliance.

“This Award recognised the fantastic achievements of the photographers who gifted 172 stunning images of the unprotected parts of the Gardens of Stone region to the campaign and the many volunteers who organised the event,” Mr Muir said. 

“This award is also proof the heritage community is behind this important campaign.  The National Trust has been a strong advocate of the Gardens of Stone producing its own proposal for a ‘Pinnacles National Park’ in 1977”, said Muir.

“This award is an endorsement of the Blue Mountains conservation efforts to ensure that the Gardens of Stone – an irreplaceable and outstanding area of natural beauty and cultural heritage - is protected for all Australians.”

The National Trust also presented awards for three other outstanding conservation achievements in the Blue Mountains - the Grand Canyon Track and Mitchell’s Causeway in the landscape conservation category and Woodford Academy for education and interpretation. 

“The fact that the Blue Mountains Community won four awards is a ringing endorsement of the community’s commitment to heritage conservation.  So well done Blue Mountains!”

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)

Gardens of Stone event background

Gardens of Stone: In Focus Photographic Competition Gallery

*The Gardens of Stone Alliance was formed in 2014 by the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the Colong Foundation for Wilderness and the Lithgow Environment Group.