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
If you need one, really good reason why the Gardens of Stone National Park needs protecting, check out the video to the right. It depicts an AMAZING resident of the park, mimicking the sounds of - get this - a chainsaw, video motor drive, and a chainsaw!
If you're ever out in the Gardens of Stone National Park and hear any of these sounds, it may not be a nearby tourist trying to snap a picture, or someone running lose with a chainsaw - it just might be one of these incredible, little guys.
Learn more about protecting the Gardens of Stone here.
The area known as the Gardens of Stone skirts the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in NSW. It is an internationally significant pagoda landscape, a bush wonderland of dramatic coloured escarpments, narrow canyons and lonely sandstone peninsulas. The Gardens of Stone is home to hundreds of native plant, bird and animal species; some of which are threatened to extinction.
Some of the area is protected in the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks and the Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. Other sections are state forests which permit open cut mining.
The biggest threat to the Gardens of Stone is proposed open cut coal mining in Ben Bullen State Forest near Cullen Bullen. Open cut mining rips up every plant and tree on site and unleashes large amounts of dust and other small particles harmful to human health.
We need to remove the threat of open cut mining forever and protect the Gardens for the future. The Gardens of Stone Stage 2 reserve proposal presents a balanced approach to conserve the area through a mix of State Conservation Areas and National Park additions.
Visit the Gardens of Stone
The Gardens of Stone is a stunning place to enjoy. Buy a map of the area here.
Visit the GoS website: protectgardensofstone.org.au/
Or the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/protectgardensofstone
The 2013 NSW Great Koala Count is on! November 7 to 17
The National Parks Association of New South Wales, in partnership with the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, wants your help to survey Koalas this November as part of the NSW Great Koala Count.
Anyone can participate. All you need to do is register at www.npansw.org.au/data. You will receive an email when the Koala count SmartPhone App ‘BioTag’ is available.
BioTag, an exciting new GPS enabled SmartPhone App has been developed for the Great Koala Count to enable you to instantly record, review and share your sightings of Koalas
The Great Koala Count will, for the first time, provide publically accessible information about Koala location, health and habitat on an unprecedented scale across New South Wales.
Why do Koalas need your help?
Populations of Koalas in NSW have declined substantially as a result of habitat loss and other threats such as disease, fire, dog attacks and vehicles strikes. The habitat which remains is often fragmented and infested with weeds, making it difficult for Koalas to move from one area to another.
As our climate grows hotter and drier, our Koalas are at risk of become the world’s first climate change refugee species. We need to act now to stop this from happening.
By participating in the NSW Great Koala Count you will be helping to build a more detailed picture of Koalas and their habitat use, providing a valuable resource for planning future conservation projects.
Bush Explorers is a work in progress guide to ultimate bushwalking in the Greater Blue Mountains National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. It is a chronicle of challenges, discoveries, adventures, sweat, and research lead by Brian Fox, Michael Keats and Yuri Bolotin. It is also your key to enjoy seldom visited places, and through words and pictures, enjoy what is literally on Sydney’s back door step.
Visit http://www.bushexplorers.com.au/ to find out more!
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..
See how our efforts to raise money for the Lithgow Uniting Church's solar system is doing here: