Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Meeting at Lithgow Council chambers today will examine sand mining rules for Newnes Plateau

“The controversial plan to turn Newnes Plateau 125 kilometres west of Sydney into a sand pit will be discussed at Lithgow Council chambers today by stakeholders.  It is expected that the media will again be locked out as was the case in June’, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

‘Newnes Plateau is being advanced for sand mining development in front of five other alternatives.  The proposals for Newnes threaten the adjacent World Heritage area, which would degrade the region’s most important natural resource’, he said.

“The Colong Foundation for Wilderness will put a motion before today’s meeting calling on the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Frank Sartor, to ensure the Sydney Construction Materials Strategy results in the least impact on environmental, social and economic values. This will require adequate funding of the required studies,” Mr Muir said. 

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