Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Big Nattai Wilderness Addition will help protect Sydney’s water supplies

“A 11,000 hectare wilderness addition Gazetted today will help protect Sydney’s drinking water supplies from coal mining and coal seam gas retraction.  We congratulate Environment Minister, Robyn Parker and the Member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell for this added protection,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“This wilderness declaration significantly adds to protection of the Nattai National Park, which is restricted to 60 metres depth and does not give full protection,” Mr Muir said.

“No mining or gas extraction is possible under the Wilderness Act, 1987 because all development is prohibited,” he said. 

“The Nattai is a romantic landscape with stands of Blue Gums and River Oaks decorating river gorges between towering sandstone cliffs”, said Mr Muir.

“We hope that the Colong Foundation can now work with the Environment Minister Parker and Jai Rowel to add the 3,383 hectare Nattai State Conservation Area that overlooks Lake Burragorang to this national park and wilderness.  The underground coal mining that took place there in the 1970s will never recommence as the coal reserves have been more or less exhausted and the mining leases over this reserve should be extinguished”, Mr Muir said. 

“The Nattai Wilderness is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the Warragamba Special Area catchment”, said Mr Muir.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)