Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Shadow Environment Minister Visits Proposed Newnes Junction Sand Mine Site Blue Mountains Conservation Society Colong Foundation for Wilderness

The NSW Shadow Environment Minister, Michael Richardson, enjoyed a picnic lunch with the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the Colong Foundation for Wilderness at the proposed Newnes Junction quarry site, overlooking the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

"I am grateful to the Blue Mountains Conservation Society for showing me around the proposed sand quarry and kaolin mine site," Mr Michael Richardson said. "We ate lunch against the backdrop of the Wollangambe wilderness, adjacent to the quarry site, with its pristine forest and superb sandstone pagodas - truly an unforgettable experience."

"We are pleased that the Coalition continues to show its opposition to the proposed 27 million tonne sand mine at Newnes Junction that threatens to degrade the adjoining World Heritage Area," said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

"The proposed mine site supports a diverse eucalypt woodland of Sydney Peppermint, Silvertop Ash and Scribbly Gums fringed by pagodas and distinctive Newnes Plateau shrub swamps was the ideal place to discuss conservation issues with Mr Richardson," Mr Muir said.

"The Blue Mountains Conservation Society was able to explain its concerns regarding planning and development issues, and the importance of bushland conservation in the Mountains," said Mr Kevin Bell, President of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society.

"If the proposed sand mine is approved, then what can't be developed adjoining the World Heritage Area? The proposal should be rejected and the site added to the Blue Mountains National Park to protect the Wollangambe Wilderness," said Mr Bell.

For more information contact: Keith Muir (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 9550 3615 (ah);

Kevin Bell (02) 4787 6436; Michael Richardson 9634 7474, 0408 672 404