Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

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Posted: 28 March 2017
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
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: 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
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: 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