Threats to Wollemi National Park: from 8 new coal mining leases

David Hufton, member, NPANSW

The NSW Government has announced exploration and development of new coal mine leases in State Forests bordering Wollemi National Park, a UNESCO area.

As part of the NSW Government 2020 Coal Strategy eight new areas for coal exploration have been identified, four on the borders of Wollemi National Park.

Link to map: Areas in NSW coal regions available and excluded from future coal exploration and mining

The negative impacts to biodiversity from forest loss and coal mining would be catastrophic to the ecosystems and environmental values of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (Wollemi Section).

Wollemi National Park’s Hidden Cultural Treasures

Mark Roebuck, NPA member and bushwalker

Australia’s Aboriginal Rock Art is of World Heritage significance.  Many people are familiar with the spectacular rock art of Northern Australia.  It is a lesser known fact that similar treasures lay on the doorstep of Sydney’s large population centres.  Wollemi National Park consists of 5,000 square kilometres of rugged and difficult to access, trackless terrain.  It is rich in Aboriginal art and other cultural sites.  Many of these sites have only recently been re-discovered.  Many more remain in obscurity, lost to knowledge (waiting to be found) due to the forced cultural disconnection of the Aboriginal custodians and protected by the rugged wilderness.

Book Review: Wayfaring in Wollemi by Andy Macqueen

Reviewed by Roger Lembit

Bushwalker and historian, Andy Macqueen’s, new book is about people who have travelled through and lived in or around the Wollemi wilderness. The Wollemi wilderness extends across about 4,250 square kilometres covering most of Wollemi National Park and a small part of Blue Mountains National Park, north of Bells Line of Road in the northern Blue Mountains. It forms part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.