Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

The Colong Bulletin

In this edition:

  • Heritage Horse Act is causing suffering
  • Flooding World Heritage for floodplain development just plain dumb
  • Honouring wilderness 
  • Goodradigbee – Featured Wilderness
  • Lithgow can be the new Katoomba 
  • Grasslands in peril 
  • NSW Government’s record on the environment
  • Re-imagining wilderness
  • Falls-Hotham Alpine Crossing approved 
  • The Language of Fire

We need your support, as Colong's financial reserves are called into play. 

If you can, please make a donation, it will go to the defense of wilderness and national parks.

Also I need not remind members that subscriptions fall due at the end of the year, so now's the time to renew your subscription.

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In this edition:

  • The Call of the Wild
  • The First National Parks
  • Why Wilderness
  • Irreplaceable Benefits 
  • Morella Korong
  • Wilderness in Australia
  • Confessions of a Happy Troglodyte
  • Sign of the Axe
  • How the NSW Wilderness Act Came About
  • MJD (poem)
  • Progress in Wilderness Protection in NSW
  • Wilderness and the Future
  • The Famous Gangerang Trip
  • Join / Donate
  • Wilderness Timeline

Monthly General Meetings - will be held at our office at Level 2, 332 Pitt St, at 6pm on the third Wednesday of the month on October 17th and November 21st. Members and visitors are welcome.

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In this edition:

  • A Dad’s Army of unionists seek dialogue to protect Lithow’s Gardens of Stone
  • Monthly General meetings
  • Snowy-hydro 2 risks significant damage to Kosciuszko National Park
  • Wild Light exhibition – A celebration of Henry Gold’s photography
  • Kosciuszko National Park in peril
  • Saving the Great Barrier Reef
  • Saving NSW Forests – an on-going process
  • The Federal Government’s Tasmanian Wilderness abuse subsidy
  • Gardens of Stone (poem)

Monthly General Meetings - will be held at our office at Level 2, 332 Pitt St, at 6pm on the third Wednesday of the month on October 17th and November 21st. Members and visitors are welcome.

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In this edition:

  • Let's think about saving wild rivers...
  • Monthly General meetings and AGM
  • Colong turns 50!
  • Thank you for your support!
  • You're Invited - 50th Anniversary Celebration Events
  • Hon. Treasurer wanted
  • Please renew your support for 2018
  • Book Review: Upland Swamps in the Sydney Region
  • Australia Needs a strategy for nature
  • Hello Lithgow! Banner Day in the Gardens of Stone
  • Austerity for National Parks golden anniversary
  • Snowy 2.0 will prop up the coal industry
  • The Nattai - featured wilderness

Forum on saving the Blue Mountains' wild rivers 

Join Dr Bob Brown and Bob Debus AM for a public forum on saving the Blue Mountains' wild rivers from the raising of Warragamba Dam wall, Monday 26 March, 6:30pm at The Hub, 106 Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Register Now.

The Forum kicks off our 50th Anniversary. We'll be holding other enjoyable Celebration Events throughout the year.

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  • Wayfaring in Wollemi: stories of people in wilderness - Book Review
  • World Heritage gate unlocked for Royal National Park
  • Let’s make the Gardens of Stone a world-class reserve
  • NCC Annual Conference 2017
  • Dam Madness!
  • Tasmanian Wilderness Update
  • Featured Wilderness : New England
  • NSW timber industry wants to log national parks
  • Planners support open-cut mining of unique natural heritage

A Spring Day is the Gardens - Banner Event - November 26th 11am to 2.30pm

Join the Gardens of Stone Alliance to raise awareness for the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal. Put this date in your diary.
Bring your friends and family to this important event. Discover another spectacular pagoda-studded location! 

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In this edition:
  • Introducing Harry Burkitt – Kowmung Campaigner
    Don’t Raise the Dam
  • A Spring Day In The Gardens, Banner event
  • Building a strong and sustainable NPWS
  • Our National Parks Need Protection, Not Cuts
  • Book Launch: Wayfaring in Wollemi
  • Lest We Forget
  • Gardens of Stone campaign on track
  • Royal National Park disrespected
  • Royal National Park – A Birthing Place for the National Parks Movement 
  • Implementing the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Two enjoyable Blue Mountains events this Spring

A Spring Day is the Gardens - Banner Event - November 26th 11am to 2.30pm

Join the Gardens of Stone Alliance to raise awareness for the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal. Put this date in your diary.
Bring your friends and family to this important event. Discover another spectacular pagoda-studded location! 

Andy Macqueen: Wayfaring in Wollemi - Book Launch - 22 October from 10.30am

Join the Colong Foundation to launch Andy Macqueen's latest book, Wayfaring in Wollemi: stories of people in wilderness.
Free event - bookings are essential as light refreshments will be served.


 

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In this edition:

  • Will Warragamba be Sydney’s Lake Pedder?
  • Monthly General meetings 
  • Feral Deer remain ‘game animals’
  • Pillaging the Pilliga – Again!
  • Featured Wilderness: The Pilliga
  • Clearfelling the Coast
  • Alps feral horse control at risk
  • Biodiversity Conservation or Land Clearing?
  • 4nature takes Centennial Coal to the Supreme Court
  • Slow to Celebrate Parks’ Golden Anniversary
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In this edition:

  • A Tourism Plan to exploit the Blue Mountains
  • Burning plastics is worse than coal
  • Book Review - Repaying my debt: A conservationist's tale, Geoff Mosley
  • Thank you for your support
  • National Parks across Australia are being targeted for development
  • Protecting Barrington South's rivers and forests
  • Tale of two mines
  • Time to retire coal fired power plants
  • Featured Wilderness - Yengo
  • Monthly General meetings and AGM

​The Colong Foundation AGM will be held on April 27th, at 5.00pm in the Colong Office.


Please make a submission as an objection to the Blue Mountains draft tourism visitor destination plan: 

Take advantage of Blue Mountains City Council’s public comment and review process to stop this plan, to protect our vulnerable bushlands and national parks. Concerns regarding this plan are outlined in the Colong Foundation submission and the for more details see the draft Blue Mountains Destination Management Plan. Submissions will be received on the Council website till April 21st on the following link

Ask Blue Mountains City Council to:

  • Oppose the Destination Management Plan’s proposals in national parks, including built accommodation and intrusive infrastructure, such as large car parks and ‘wow-factor’ cantilevered lookouts;
  • Oppose ‘Game changer’ tourist over-development, particularly in bushland areas, including the proposal for an unnecessary ’internationally-branded’ 250 bed mega-resort and conference centre, an exclusive six hectare Destination Holiday Park and facilitating bus-based day tourism from Sydney; and
  • Support instead better funding, communication, promotion and integration of existing facilities and events that are compatible with the nature-focused vision of the Blue Mountains as a city within a World Heritage national park. 
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In this edition:

  • Just how good are the Gardens of Stone 2?
  • Fixing the Coxs River
  • Horse riding assault on protected wilderness
  • Dr Geoff Mosley - book launch and celebration
  • The Pilot - featured wilderness
  • Gardens of Stone Celebration: a stunning success
  • Southern Escarpment under threat again
  • Perisher Resort Deal stranded without a park bench, we hope!
  • Fairmont resort builds cabin without consent on the border with Blue Mountains National Park
  • Barrington, a well-loved, World Heritage listed, wilderness forest doughnut!
  • The exploits of the NSW Government
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In this edition:

  • You’re invited to our Gardens of Stone celebration!
  • Register today and win a $100 dinner at Rubyos in Newtown!
  • Celebration event program
  • Alex Colley Memorial Lecture
  • Plan to stop Springvale Mine polluting Sydney’s drinking water
  • Flooding wilderness, wild rivers and world heritage
  • A tropical wilderness
  • Wollangambe River clean-up
  • Kanangra to Katoomba Walk – Not for tourists or wilderness!
  • Don’t destroy the Gardens of Stone as you drive
  • Disappearing Thirlmere Lakes
  • Plan to stop feral horses degrading Kosciuszko National Park
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