March 28th marks the mid-point in the four-year election cycle and NSW Environment Groups have reviewed progress based on the Our Environment, Our Future - Policies for the 2015 NSW Election and Beyond report. This document set out 25 key policy asks across eight broad environment themes and it is on this 2015 report that the NSW Government's performance has been bench marked.
Posted: 21 March 2017
Posted: 21 March 2017
A grab-bag of tourist proposals in the draft Blue Mountains Destination Management Plan on exhibition seeks to double visitor expenditure but seems to be a speculative exercise. Its exclusive resort proposals would drag visitors away from small business while massive plans for coach tourism will place a further tourist cost burden on council through parking and waste collection.
Posted: 22 February 2017
Retirement of coal-fired power stations
Posted: 31 January 2017
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Posted: 30 January 2017
The new year starts with a bid by Centennial Coal to continue polluting Sydney's drinking water that flies in the face of last year's announcement to remove Springvale's mine water from the Coxs River. Please make a submission objecting to Centennial Coal's on-going pollution of the Coxs River, the World Heritage Area and Sydney's drinking water supplies.
Posted: 26 October 2016
When the NPWS told us they had excluded horse riders who were acting inappropriately in declared wilderness from assessment under the horse riding in wilderness trial, the Colong Foundation for Wilderness suspecting a biased process. We then commissioned the NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) to appoint an expert, Elizabeth Ashby of Keystone Ecological, to review the trial. You can read her final expert report here.
Posted: 19 September 2016
Over the weekend 172 photographs by leading national and international photographers put In Focus the extraordinary beauty of the Gardens of Stone region of the Blue Mountains at an event in the New Law Building, Sydney University. Over 200 passionate and knowledgeable volunteer photographers, conservationists and bushwalkers came together to celebrate the rebirth of the Gardens of Stone campaign and some became Gardens of Stone Protectors.
Posted: 17 September 2016
A new report reveals that the best of the Blue Mountains lies unprotected outside the World Heritage Area.
Posted: 6 September 2016
The Gardens of Stone In Focus Free Photographic Exhibition and CelebrationWeekend of 17 - 18 September 2016Opens Saturday 10AM, closes Sunday 2pmFree award ceremony and refreshments from Saturday 2pmThe New Law Building Foyer, University of Sydney
International Landscape Photography Magazine joins the growing supporter base of the Gardens of Stone
Posted: 24 August 2016
It is sexy, it is glossy, it takes you to places only the most dedicated landscape photographers will capture - Landscape Photography Magazine is the bible and inspiration for landscape photographers across the globe.
Posted: 21 August 2016
Australia’s most expert ecologists have written to the Premier of NSW, Mike Baird, to call for humane and effective feral horse control for Kosciuszko National Park and to support the park's draft horse management plan.
Posted: 6 June 2016
The Colong Foundation is calling for the community to support the NPWS Kosciuszko National
Posted: 13 May 2016
Springvale mine water pollution can’t be not neutral or beneficial to the Coxs River On Monday, May 9th, a Land and Environment Court hearing considered whether discharges from the Springvale Mine have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality of the Coxs River. The court proceedings should boil down to whether a discharge of 19ML/day of mine water into the Coxs River is less than or equal to a previous virtual 0ML/day discharge of mine water into the Coxs River from Licence Discharge Point 9.
Posted: 26 April 2016
Pristine waters flowing from nationally endangered upland swamps is being lost, and so too are the waterfalls fed by them. The environmental abuse is beyond words, yet waterfall impacts were ignored in the Environmental Impact Statement for Springvale's mine extension ...
Posted: 2 March 2016
At the end of last year, the Colong Foundation and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society commissioned Pells Consulting to review recent evidence regarding near surface groundwater impacts on Newnes Plateau swamps due to longwall mining at the Springvale Mine following approval to extend its longwall mining area by 1,860 hectares.
Posted: 10 February 2016
ABC TV discusses a consultants report considering whether this would have an impact on Newnes Plateau swamps.
Posted: 11 January 2016
Conservation group 4nature Inc has launched proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court challenging the NSW Government’s approval of the Springvale underground coal mine due to its pollution of Sydney drinking water catchments. See 4nature media release. Extenal information links
Posted: 15 December 2015
On Sunday December 6th, a large group of volunteers, of over 40 people visited the Wollangambe River to review the progress and see what volunteers could do to speed up the process. The people were largely bushwalkers and canyoners who have a close affinity for the dramatic scenery of the Wollgangambe River.
Posted: 11 December 2015
Act now to stop the Western Sydney Airport. Use the Colong Foundation's guide to make a submission objecting to the proposed Airport.Deadline for submissions is COB Friday 18 December. Call for a revised and re-exhibited draft EIS with options for flight paths, operating modes and runway orientation to ensure noise pollution impacts are avoided to the greatest extent possible.
Posted: 6 October 2015
Posted: 25 August 2015
A group of protesters today lunchtime in front of Centennial Coal's head office chanted slogans seeking pure drinking water, not mine waste; and World Heritage and nationally endangered swamps protected from mining. Centennial Coal please:
Posted: 18 August 2015
Despite assurances that good progress has been made with the clean up and that 163 wet tonnes of of coal fines have been removed from 4.3km of the Wollangambe River (EPA media release 2-12-2015) there is still a lot of river covered in coal fines.
Posted: 16 August 2015
Threatened heritage subversion - Centennial Coal’s swamp scam by Keith Muir Newnes Plateau supports two types of threatened swamp communities – Shrub Swamps and Hanging Swamps. Both types are listed as ‘Matters of National Environmental Significance’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Any mining proposal that could potentially cause significant impacts to these swamps must be approved by the Federal Environment Minister after an environmental review.
Posted: 14 August 2015
Springvale generates more mine effluent than the PAC assessed
Posted: 21 July 2015
Posted: 5 July 2015
Anthony Bond OAM is a freelance writer and curator. Until recently he was Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of NSW where he was responsible for collecting and displaying International contemporary art since 1984. He has curated many important contemporary and historical exhibitions including:
Posted: 18 November 2014
The receiver managing Coalpac, the owner of the Invincible Colliery and Cullen Valley Mine, said on Monday that the company will be liquidated. The receiver has also stated that this makes it highly unlikely that there will be an appeal of the recent Planning Assessment Commission decision to block the expansion of open-cut mining in the Cullen Bullen area.
Posted: 27 August 2014
Why you should be concerned?
Posted: 4 July 2014
Alex Colley Symposium - Key Note address by Bob Carr 'Without Alex, there would be little wilderness protected in the state' Bob Carr
Posted: 3 July 2014
The Coalition parties are attempting wreck our national parks. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia has too many parks and the NSW Government under Premier Barry O’Farrell and now Premier Mike Baird has put national parks on trial, several times in fact. Pillaging the Pilliga
Posted: 1 July 2014
by Jill Wran Jim and I were correspondents over 40 odd years. This is my last letter to him. Dearest Jim
Posted: 27 May 2014
In the last few months four major coal mining proposals in the Gardens of Stone region have come forward. So now the fate of this outstanding region, which is part of the original 1932 Greater Blue Mountains National Park proposal, largely rests with these mining plans.
Posted: 3 April 2014
The NCC advises that the NSW Government has proposed sweeping changes to the regulation of logging operations in our state forests. If these proposals become law, the proposed changes will:
Posted: 16 February 2014
Alex Colley OAMWonderful tributes to Alex from the Colong Foundation, the Sydney Bush Walkers and ABC Radio National are below.
Posted: 10 February 2014
Sonia Bennett is a singer, songwriter, artist and bush regenerator. She points out that it is easier and less costly to look after healthy, protected bushland that to fix it after it has been damaged or destroyed.
Posted: 4 February 2014
Please write a letter to Parliamentarians supporting the draft Blue Mountains draft LEP, 2013
Posted: 16 August 2013
Local scientist, musician and photographer extraordinaire, Wyn Jones, gave a presentation at the National Landscapes Forum last month. Wyn writes of his love for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, its wildlife and wilderness. Wyn is a great advocate for nature conservation and this is his story.
Posted: 2 November 2012
Infrastructure NSW has proposed that the O’Farrell Government immediately restart the proposal to raise Warragamba Dam wall by 23 metres that was rejected back in 1995.
Posted: 21 September 2012
Wilderness, tourism and national parks: taking stock and looking aheadUniversity of Technology, Sydney, 21-23 September 2012Conference papers and power point presentations
Posted: 5 September 2012
The proposals for a new NSW planning scheme contained in the in the Green Paper are deeply disturbing. These proposals would bring about a significant reduction in environmental protection, public participation in decision making and access to the courts. Community and conservation activists should not wait till these proposals are fleshed out but object to the general thrust of the proposed deregulation plan now.
Posted: 15 August 2012
This excellent video of dramatic images by Ian Brown and others (see below) that Karen McLaughlin has put to original new music by the noted composer Amanda Handel, with the assistance of the composer. Special thanks to those who generously donated their images for this video: Andrew Valja, Rob Baigent, Judith Bennett, Ian Brown, Julie Flavell, Chris Jonkers, John Harris, Akos Lumnitzer, Julian Robinson, Sonja Ross and L & M Turton, Julie Favell and Chris Jonkers.