Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

The Colong Bulletin

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  • So many questions  
  • Colong and its future
  • Thank you for your support! 
  • Notice of AGM 
  • Keith Muir retires 
  • Run for Wild Places 
  • Native Fauna of the Gtr Blue Mountains World Heritage Area 
  • Destination Pagoda global showcase 
  • Crown Lands Rejects Airfield Proposal 
  • Can it get much worse for Kosci? 
  • Wilderness and the Lithgow incinerator 
  • Featured Wilderness: Levers 
  • Urban sprawl in Royal National Park wildlife corridor 

Notice of Annual General Meeting   - 
speaker: Keith Muir - 35 years protecting wild places (farewell).   

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 29 April 2020 from 6.00pm at the Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney near Town Hall Station. 


The Colong Foundation has agreed to be a partner organisation for the inaugural ‘Run for Wild Places’, an initiative that asks people to get active throughout the month of April to raise money for a charity of their choice. GIVE A DAM is one of the three lucky campaigns chosen to be part of this inaugural event, run by Simon Harris, the organiser of the hugely successful Takayna Ultra.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this edition:

  • Smokescreen
  • Gardens of Stone continues to receive attention
  • Lithgow’s Gang Gang Gallery supports Gardens of Stone
  • GIVE A DAM: a year in review
  • Feral horses, fire and drought – Guy Fawkes River National Park, October 2019
  • Snowy 2.0 attack on Kosciuszko National Park
  • Old growth forests in two states
  • Camping ban part of Light to Light bid for iconic walk status
  • Mining in catchments report finds on-going damage acceptable

Available now of Xmas - Native Fauna of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
by Judy, Peter and Kate Smith
RRP softcover $40.00, including postage when purchased from the Colong shop
172 pages, soft cover, two locality maps, over 200 colour photos and 20 illustrations.

Available direct from the Colong Foundation online shop, the authors (email smitheco@ozemail.com.au) or from Blue Mountains bookshops and visitor centres, Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney, and the National Botanic Gardens bookshop in Canberra.

This book describes the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the status, local distribution and ecology of east of its 68 mammal, 254 bird, 74 reptile and 36 frog species, an outstanding native fauna whose diversity, scientific value and conservation importance are of recognised international significance. The Authors, Dr Judy Smith and Dr Peter Smith, are ecologists who have lived in the Blue Mountains for forty years. Kate Smith is a visual artist who grew up in the Blue Mountains and now lives in Canberra.

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In this edition:

  • Moffitt's celebrated at Lithgow State Mine Museum
  • Meeting dates
  • Climate change responsibility
  • Nature needs half
  • Blue Mountains World Heriage in Crisis
    • The Colong Foundation brings Warragamba Dam before the World Heritage Committee
    • No Dams policy under threat
    • Consensus ban on mining in World Heritage Areas at risk
    • The 4Nature -v- Springvale Court battle 
    • Protecting natural quiet from aircraft noise
  • Testing times for Environment Minister Kean
  • Featured wilderness - Tuross
  • National Parks converted to plantations
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In this edition:

  • Destination Pagoda – wins support
  • Meeting dates
  • Rescuing the Wilderness, Book Review
  • How do you GIVE A DAM?
  • Raising Warragamba Dam wall has to be stopped!
  • Giving a dam - year 12 student viewpoint
  • Guy Fawkes - featured wilderness
  • Katoomba airfield development plans
  • Stop logging public native forests
  • Scientists stand firm on effective and humane culling of feral horses
  • Milo Dunphy on not compromising
  • Privatising national parks and the loss of wilderness
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In this edition:

  • Nature Report NSW
  • Lithgow’s conservation unionists remembered
  • How do you GIVE A DAM?
  • AGM & Launch of Destination Pagoda
  • Centennial Coal’s plan to fix the Wollangambe River
  • Singleton Army Base brumby cull
  • 21st Century Wilderness
  • Rescuing the Wilderness
  • Burning forests worse than burning coal 
  • Rainforest to racetrack, down the Illawarra Escarpment
  • Leak inquiry discovers water losses from Sydney’s drinking water catchments
  • Congratulations Harry Burkitt – our young environmentalist of the year

Launch of Destination Pagoda and Annual General Meeting 

On Tuesday April 16th from 6pm at the Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney, Tom Zubrycki, Award winning documentary maker, will introduce the Sydney premier of his new work Destination Pagoda that tells the story of the Gardens of Stone campaign and how the future of this spectacular region hangs in the balance.

Guest speaker Ian Brown, adventurer, climber and respected park management consultant, will outline the potential of the Gardens of Stone as a world-class tourism and conservation reserve. 

Light refreshments will be served afterwards and then Colong Foundation AGM will be convened at 7.15pm.

 
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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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