Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Nothing “diabolical” about Conservationists for nature

“The narrative that conservationists want to close the Mt Piper Power Plant near Lithgow, leading to a million households freezing to death in the dark is misleading nonsense,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“The only thing that’s diabolical# about Mt Piper’s situation is the misrepresentation about what conservation groups are trying to do,” he said.

“In relation to the Springvale court matter, 4nature wants to discuss with Centennial Coal how to improve environmental protection at the mine”, said Mr Muir.

“Of course conservationists want to protect drinking water supplies, the heritage and outstanding natural beauty of the Gardens of Stone region where the Springvale mine is located”, Mr Muir said. 

“A 39,000 hectare Gardens of Stone reserve would allow coal mining and protection of national and internationally significant heritage.  It would de-escalate a long-running conflict and help Lithgow to become a thriving, more diverse and healthy town,” he said.

“Lithgow is potentially an attractive tourist destination with fascinating cultural stories, and it has the awe-inspiring Gardens of Stone on its doorstep.  In terms of heritage diversity, it’s more attractive than the Bungle Bungle Range and Katoomba combined”, said Mr Muir.

“The Gardens of Stone reserve is really a no-brainer”, he added.

“The Gardens of Stone Alliance, of which the Colong Foundation is a member, sells a large colour map* of their reserve proposal at the Lithgow Visitors Information Centre.  This map shows the mining lease areas as a state conservation reserve proposal that allows for coal mining,” Mr Muir said.

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

# Graham Bradley, chairman of EnergyAustralia told the Australian that “We are in a diabolically compromised commercial position [in relation to Mt Piper power plant]; unexpectedly so.” in a lead article Mt Piper power plant closure feared after court ruling, The Australian, page 1,
13 September 2017.

* Purchase the Gardens of Stone Visitors Map for $10