Join us to raise awareness for the Gardens of Stone reserve proposal. Put this date in your diary. Bring your friends and family to this important event. Discover another spectacular pagoda-studded location! Participate and enjoy -
Your presence will support a 39,000 hectare Gardens of Stone reserve proposal that seeks to facilitate a transition for the Lithgow region. This is your chance to be part of a simple but effective demonstration to highlight the importance of this reserve proposal.
Register for the event/learn more here
Visit and learn about the magnificent Gardens of Stone region on the western side of the Blue Mountains and easily accessible from Sydney or the Central West. The Gardens of Stone Visitors Map shows trails, views and other main attractions.
Only two hours drive from Sydney, the Gardens of Stone offer many family adventures from picknicking and sightseeing to day walks, camping, nature study, exploring industrial ruins, bird-watching, bicycling, photography, drawing and painting. The Visitors Map is full of suggested walks and trips.
There are lots of opportunities for multi-day walks, rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning. Accommodation is readily available in Lithgow and other nearby towns.
The Visitors Map is in full colour, 60 by 85 cm in size, and covers the entire Gardens of Stone region at a 1:100,000 scale, making it ideal for planning your next trip to the area.
Well illustrated with colour photos, the reverse side has lots of information on the plants, animals, pagoda rock formations, cliffs as well as the cultural and historic places in the region.
This map has been prepared by the Gardens of Stone Alliance (Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and Lithgow Environment Group) to promote the conservation of the Gardens of Stone Stage 2 Reserve Proposal and to showcase the many low-impact recreational opportunities in the area.
There are touring routes for motor vehicles and bicycles which readily link to other routes in the Greater Blue Mountains and World Heritage Area.
Buy a map here.
The 2017 Regional Environment Conference, jointly hosted with the Lithgow Environment Group, will be held at the Lithgow Uniting Church on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The conference will include a full day program on the Saturday, a conference dinner on the Saturday night and two optional field trips and a lunch on the Sunday.
The program for the conference can be viewed here. It will be updated as more speakers are announced. Please feel free to share widely with your networks.
Saturday will be a program of panel discussions and workshops at the Uniting Church. Saturday night will be a dinner at the Old Exchange Hotel in Lithgow, and Sunday will be a field trip to the Wolgan Valley, including lunch provided by Newnes Hotel.
The aims of the regional conference are to:
You can register online here. The registration fee includes access to the program and field trip, and lunch Saturday.
Please organise your own accommodation for the conference. Some suggestions nearby include:
Workies Motel – 400 metres from venue
Zig Zag Motel – 2 kilometers from venue
Bowen Inn Motel – 3 kilometers from venue
There are also numerous pubs in Lithgow with accommodation: Commercial Hotel, Lansdowne Hotel, Lithgow Hotel all in main street and about 300-700 metres from venue.
For more information please contact Network Organiser Jacqui Mumford, (02) 9516 1488, email@example.com.
The Hassans Walls Reserve draft Plan of Management can be viewed at the following locations:
Alternatively, you can complete the Feedback Form also located on Council's website and at the exhibition venues and return, by either of the following methods, by Friday 28th April 2017:
On the 31st of March 2017, Michael Keats, OAM, gave a speech at the opening of 'Lithgow’s Ancient Natural Gardens' exhibition at Lithgow Library and Learning Centre, on 31 March 2017 about why Lithgow can be one of Australia’s top ecotourism destinations.
Read the full speech here.
Last weekend, we faced an unprecedented heatwave and predictions of blackouts as our power supplies were put to the test. Use your voice to make sure our new Energy Minister looks to upgrade NSW with clean energy and storage solutions, not polluting coal and gas.
Sign the petition!
Book 8 includes 21 walks in the headwaters of Deanes Creek, Rocky Creek and Budgary Creek, places that most only dream of. It documents a rich tapestry of experiences that takes you all the way with these adventurous explorers.
Book 8 also includes valuable information about Threatened Environments and Threatened Species within the Region.
The book abounds with rare and beautiful photographs.
Learn more about the book here.
The NCC Member Group Award was won by the Lithgow Environment Group. Richard Stiles accepted the award.
This award is given annually to a Member Group of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW which has demonstrated an outstanding commitment and success in the conservation of the NSW environment.
Lithgow Environment Group members had the pleasure and respect of Aunty Helen from Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation - Wiradjuri land visiting a Aboriginal site in Ben Bullen State Forest.
Aunty Helen spoke at this site asking for all to respect and preserve Aboriginal heritage. Our heritage lies within the landscapes like pages in a book, if you remove or destroy this history it is gone forever, no different to destroying a valuable book, or European Heritage structures. Our nations across the world traditionally care and protect our valued heritage of European Heritage so too should that same respect be for our Heritage. Aunty Helens final words spoken were that we welcome Government departments, industry to be inclusive with their approach when making determinations and that we equally be included with all aspects of this process.
Help stop development proponents from choosing environmental consultants who favour their interests over yours.
Environmental consultants whose work is often relied upon by assessing authorities such as Councils, are largely unregulated. The current, unregulated system, favours corruption and bribery. "Give me what I want and I'll pay you extra; don't give me what I want and I won't pay you" situations are far too commonplace. This means that decision-makers are assessing projects from small scale clearing of native vegetation to accommodate a house, through to major clearing for mining and infrastructure projects based on the advice of consultants chosen and paid for by the proponent.
If you too would like to see authorities given accurate and honest advice about the environmental implications of development and other projects, please sign the petition by clicking here or the button below. It only takes a few seconds of your time to support the regulation of environmental consultants, to stop the corruption, and protect your interests.
Sign the petition here: https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/regulate-ecological-consultants-to-protect-the-public-interest?source=facebook-share-button&time=1399629882
The Lithgow Environment Group seeks to preserve the balance of nature in its 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. Our aim is to promote and protect this rich natural heritage..
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