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Act to protect the Gardens of Stone from open-cut mining
753 signatures (75%) towards our goal of 1000
The Gardens of Stone is named because of its spectacular rock formations. More than 1000 hectares of publicly owned state forest within this uniquely scenic and biodiverse area are now at risk of exclusive occupation and destruction by open cut coal mining.
If approved, Coalpac Pty Ltd’s ‘consolidation’ project will remove the habitats of many native birds, plants and animals, some of which are threatened or vulnerable to extinction. The Ben Bullen State Forest area proposed to be ripped up and destroyed within this proposal is publicly owned land that should be protected from destruction in perpetuity.
The features and stability of the Gardens of Stone’s rock formations would be threatened by partial or total collapse if this open-cut mine proposal goes ahead. These provide a safe haven for the nests of our iconic Lyrebird and the forests below provide food for Lyrebird chicks.
We ask you to sign this petition to send a message to the NSW government that this proposal should be rejected and the region to be protected within a State Conservation Area.
Your letter will be sent to Premier Barry O'Farrell, Minister Robyn Parker, Minister Brad Hazzard, Minister Chris Hartcher, Cate Faehrmann MP and Paul Toole MP.
This is your opportunity to take simple, effective action to help protect this precious piece of public land so it may be preserved for the enjoyment for all, both now and in the future.
This community initiative by the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and is supported by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Lithgow Environment Group, National Parks Association of NSW, Rivers SoS and The Wilderness Society NSW.