Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Destination Pagoda

Access the Destination Pagoda summary and report from the Gardens of Stone site from 6pm Monday 8th April.

The long-awaited reservation of large, unprotected areas of the Gardens of Stone region will bring great benefits to Lithgow, including more jobs, and hopefully help overturn community concerns about the value of preserving the region’s spectacular natural heritage. Support for a big new reserve though has come from a surprising quarter. Over the last few years the mining industry has pushed through changes to ‘environmental offsets’ that permit mining to destroy nationally significant and endangered upland swamps.

These changes enabled financial payments for conservation outcomes, and subsequently Centennial Coal has identified its preferred swamp management program as being reservation of the Gardens of Stone region.

Reservation of the Gardens of Stone as a State Conservation Area can protect its pagodas and swamps, and permit appropriate underground coal mining at the same time.