Protecting Wilderness and National Parks


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The Colong Bulletin

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In this edition
  • Conservationist and publisher- Vale, Patrick James Marius Thompson
  • Message from the Chair
  • A wilderness life
  • Chairperson's Farewell
  • A special thanks to Keith Muir
  • The Virus
  • Wombats, Wattle, Wilderness, World Heritage & Wellbeing
  • Returning to our roots: Corporate campaigning
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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 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