Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Hello Lithgow! - Banner Day promotes protection of the Gardens of Stone region

Yesterday (Sunday Nov 26, 2017) 150 people from Lithgow, Blue Mountains and Sydney gathered near Dobbs Drift, Lithgow to celebrate the Gardens of Stone region.  Their message was that Lithgow needs to reserve 39,000 hectares of internationally significant bushland if it is to grow its tourism industry.  This they demonstrated by unfurling two giant banners below a huge pagoda that overlooks Lithgow that they have called “Sphinx Pagoda”.  Its mystery - why does Lithgow oppose conservation of its internationally significant pagoda bushlands???

“All participants received a “We Love Lithgow, Protect Gardens of Stone” bumper sticker.  It’s the new tact.  What conservationists are trying to do and its consequences are good news for Lithgow”, said Colong Foundation director, Keith Muir

“Participants who had never seen the pagodas before included three Srilankan women and retired members of the CFMEU.  There were all excited by what they saw,” he said.

“Open air workshops where held under shady tarps discussed plans to save the Gardens of Stone and to develop community-based renewable energy in Lithgow, as well as other Blue Mountains conservation campaigns,” Mr Muir said.  

“Drone and camera experts expertly captured images of our professionally produced banners that said in Waradjuri and English - “Protect Gardens of Stone” and “Respect for People and Country”.

More events are being planned in the coming months.

For More Info. contact: Keith Muir 0412 791 404 (mob).

Images: David Noble - Gardens of Stone Banner Event - 26 November 2017