What do we do?
The Lithgow Environment Group seeks to preserve the balance of nature in our region. This is especially important given the impacts of the area's industrial heritage. The Lithgow region contains some of the most biodiverse bushland in the Greater Blue Mountains. We would like to promote this rich natural heritage, especially given that it has often been under recognised.
LEG meets bi-monthly on the third Thursday at 6pm at the Hoskin's Uniting Church (cnr Mort & Bridge St), CONTACT via LEG email, FB or P.O. Box 3081 for more details. Our Group has a commitment to further the environmental knowledge of the local community by inviting guest speakers and groups to give presentations, as well as showing films. LEG members also attend meetings of Lithgow Council's Environment Advisory Committee, Energy Australia Reference Group.
Written documentation of environmental issues
We also contribute to community knowledge by writing letters to the Editor and endeavouring to publish articles about environmental issues in the region, particularly when these issues effect people's health and well being. The group has written many submissions relating to DAs, coal mine expansions, Subsidence Management Plans, GOS2 Proposal, Catchment health, Flora and fauna conservation, weed control and planning issues. Many letters have been written to politicians and Government Departments lobbying for better environmental outcomes for the Lithgow area and its people.
Hands On Work
Stream watch has been one of our major projects since 2007 with one of our group spending long hours monitoring our local streams and reporting the findings to the Sydney Catchment Authority. We are always active participants of Clean up Australia Day both as a group and as individuals. We take part in the community action days of 'The Lithgow Heritage Gang' maintaining tourist attractions of Lithgow. We also help with Landcare projects such as Lake Pillans workdays, Platypus watch and Save our Swamps workdays on the Newnes Plateau. As part of the Gardens of Stone Stage 2 campaign we are actively monitoring environmental damage happening on the Newnes Plateau and lobbying Forests NSW for better management practices.