22 December, 2014

New Lithgow Local Environmental Plan (LEP) gazetted


EXCLUSIVE:  New Lithgow Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 Gazetted.
The New Lithgow Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 was officially gazetted FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2014..
View or download the new Lithgow City Council LEP at the following link:


Tunnels and tramways, Mt Airly nsw

Detail from Carne’s map of 1903 showing tunnels and tramways servicing the New Hartley and Genowlan oil shale mines.

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19 December, 2014

An Incident to Note

Place - Noola Road (part of Dunville Loop)
Time/date - Friday 19 December about lunch time

White silver sedan car (maybe a Kia) entered a property with 2 people.

The passenger was male, tall, dark shortish hair wearing business trousers and pale blue business shirt.

Stopped at gate to house paddock and looked.  Then moved closer to cattle and looked some more.

Occupant of the house came out and asked if they were lost.  She was ignored and they drove away and continued along Dunville Loop.

Probably all quite innocent but its worth keeping vigilant.

17 December, 2014


Remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *
Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *
Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A
(i.e. Chicken Soup)
 *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediatelyand describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke --------

Stick out Your Tongue!

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is
'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

16 December, 2014

John Cobb MP visit

The use of the word 'interviews' in the invitation suggests that there will be one on one interviews.  What do you think?

15 December, 2014

Local Land Services

Tablelands Telegraph
December edition - Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe festive season. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in the coming year. 

Our offices close on Monday 22nd December and will re-open on Monday 5 January. For urgent enquiries during an emergency please call 1300 077 849.

To read the newsletter, click here

13 December, 2014

Kayaking on Dunns Swamp

Southern Cross Kayaking Newsletter - Summer 2014 / 2015

Wishing you Happy Holidays & a great 2015!

It's difficult to believe another year has flown by!  We've had a busy year and would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who has paddled with us: either at 'the swamp', on our Sydney tours, corporate team building events and private tours or supported us in other ways during the year. We send our very best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy and peaceful holiday season and health and happiness in 2015.

Kind regards,
Cindy and John. 


Summer Season at Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy) - Wollemi National Park:

Kayak Tours and Hire available  Saturday 20th December 2014 - Sunday 1st February 2015 Operating everyday (weather permitting)

Guided Kayak Tours of Ganguddy depart at 9:00 am daily and are a great way to experience the stunning beauty and fascinating natural and cultural history of the area. From the long history of the Wiradjuri people, to the first European settlement, the notorious 'lady bushranger' and the incredible tale of the building of the weir, there are stories of interest to people of all ages. Tours run for 1.5 to 2 hours. Cost is $45 per person.

Kayaks are also available for hire so you can explore the area for yourself. Most people of average fitness are able to paddle as far as possible in one direction or the other and return in one hour. A two hour hire gives you enough time to see the whole area. Double kayaks are available for hire from $35 per hour, including briefing, instruction and all safety equipment.

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08 December, 2014

EIS AIRLY MINE EXTENSION CVA Inc expert opinions. snippets.


While matters pertaining to Aboriginal heritage are outside my expertise, I do have
substantial knowledge related to the history of oil shale mining in New South Wales
as documented in a book by Pells and Hammon (2009)12.
I note that Appendix J (Cultural Heritage) contains the following statement:
“The Airly shale mining complex sits between Mount Airly and Genowlan Mountain in
a dramatic and highly scenic landscape characterised by sweeping topography,
dense vegetation and large sandstone mesas rising from the Capertee Valley floor.
As such, the Airly site and its visual setting have high aesthetic value. Some of the
more intact dwelling remains such as the so called Manager’s House and the Bakery
are considered to be picturesque ruins with visually impressive backdrops (refer to
Plates in Section 4). In many cases, therefore, it is the combination of the site
components and their setting that creates attractive views/vistas. The introduction of
access generally including a transport system in the form of the haulage
skipway/tramway, the mine workings themselves and the associated dwellings to this
remote location was undoubtedly a feat of technical ingenuity. It is understood that
the introduction of tramways in particular, initially a narrow gauge tramway on a selfactivating
inclined way followed by a double line cable tramway which passed through
the mountain, were considerable technical achievements.”
It then states:
“The principle element ensuring negligible impact to the Airly shale mining complex is
the Centennial Airly Mine Plan. Whilst the Airly shale mining complex will be
undermined using partial extraction mining methods, the mining occurs at depth
resulting in a predicted level of between 0 and 10 millimetres of subsidence. As such,
there will be no impact on the remnant structures.”
The statement that subsidence will be limited to between 0 and 10 millimetres is
given nowhere else in the EIS and is not true. This must call into question the
conclusions in regard to impacts on Aboriginal and European heritage.

Yours faithfully

Issued by CVA Inc.

The Plight of the African Giraffe....

"With Australia having the world’s worst record of mammalian extinctions, this article should resonate with Australian conservationists.  We have enough extinctions and threatened species here as it is.

For your general conservation interest.  If you have a few minutes, this is an illuminating read.  But it is another egregious example of the ‘more of us, less of them’ crisis that is engulfing our planet.  It is apropos to remind all of the alarming statistic that mankind, and our farm animals & pets comprise some 97% of vertebrate biomass.  We have effectively almost wiped out the totality of wild species.  And this is in an Africa of less than a billion humans, so can you image the carnage that will be perpetrated by that continent’s growth to 4 billion this century.  The same fate has been happening locally on the Cumberland Plain, as that area’s valuable farmland and remaining natural ecosystems are progressively obliterated by Sydney’s growth.  But we will be told again and again, ad nauseam, that growth provides jobs (and makes the rich  richer) so it must be good; it only takes planning.  Vale the back yard, and more kids raised in high rise boxes, and they’re just 2 of a long list of negative consequences of the endless growth paradigm."

"It's a terrible situation. They could become extinct..."

Since 1999, the human population of Africa has increased by roughly 40% (UN Population Division numbers indicate growth from approximately 808 million to 1.16 billion -- an addition of 352 million people). In a prime example of bitter irony, we now learn that the African giraffe population has declined by roughly 40% in that same time frame (from 140,000 down to 80,000).

The story below was printed in the International Business Times and gives the basics of the frustrating and outrageous situation.

The African Wildlife Foundation notes on its website that giraffe habitat is shrinking -- as human populations grow and increase agricultural activities, expand settlements, and construct roads. As a result, the giraffe is losing its beloved acacia trees, which are its main source of food. Unfortunately, giraffe tails are also highly prized by many African cultures. The desire for good-luck bracelets, fly whisks, and thread for sewing or stringing beads have led people to kill the giraffe for its tail alone. Worse, Some countries believe consuming parts of the animal can actually cure HIV/AIDS. Poachers collect the giraffe heads and bones that they can sell as trophies for up to $140 a piece.

African Giraffe 'Silent' Extinction: How Disappearance Of World's Tallest Animal Went Largely Unnoticed

Africa's giraffes are on a slow march toward extinction due to the pressures of poaching and habitat loss, conservation experts have warned. Illegal hunting and human population growth have reduced the overall African giraffe population by roughly 40 percent over the past 15 years, according to the latest data revealed this week by the Namibia-based Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

And until recently, hardly anyone had noticed. Unlike the plight of some of Africa's other iconic wildlife, like the mountain gorilla and the rhino, the giraffe's decline has happened largely off conservationists' radar. "It's a silent extinction," Julian Fennessy, executive director of the conservation group, told ABC News. In some countries, only a few hundred giraffes remain. The group's full report is expected to be published next year.

The wildlife group found that there were 140,000 giraffes in Africa in 1999. Today, there are fewer than 80,000, according to the foundation. In Niger, less than 300 West African giraffes - one of the continent's nine subspecies of giraffe - have survived. Fewer than 700 Rothschild's giraffes exist between Uganda and Kenya. Two giraffe species have already been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list of endangered species. The new figures could push other subspecies onto the list.

"There are nine different races, and we're probably going to lose some of them. It's a terrible situation. They could become extinct," Canadian giraffe expert Anne Dagg told The Times.

Wildlife experts blamed a variety of factors for the African giraffe's decline, including hunting and habitat fragmentation caused by urbanization. Poachers have long targeted the world's tallest animal for their flesh, as well as their skin, which is used to make several types of clothing, Discovery reported.

"In rural African communities, bush meat not only forms a large part of the diet but also provides an important source of income," Zoe Muller, a researcher for the Rothschild Giraffe Project, wrote in a report published in 2010, according to ABC. Some countries believe consuming parts of the animal can actually cure HIV/AIDS. Other poachers collect the giraffe heads and bones that they can sell as trophies for up to $140 a piece, according to Muller.

How the giraffe's decline went unnoticed has to do in part with the ubiquity of its image in popular culture. "Giraffes are everywhere," David O'Connor, research coordinator with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research, told Scientific American. "Look at kids' books, which are full of giraffes. They're always in zoo collections." Conservation efforts to protect giraffes have often lagged those for other endangered African animals. The reason comes down to a lack of resources, according to experts.

"Giraffes are the forgotten megafauna," O'Connor told Scientific American. "They're really not getting the attention they deserve."


07 December, 2014

Bells Line Expressway

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 3 December 2014 11:39 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow Mercury: 'Bells Line under the radar'.

Lithgow Mercury:  'Bells Line under the radar'.

"THE NSW Coalition Government is being ‘let off the hook’ by ignoring the need for the much discussed but never enacted Bells Line Expressway, according to former Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin.

Mr Martin said the government was prepared to spend billions on ‘digging holes under Sydney’ but had no plans for the Bells Line ‘and hope no one notices’.

Mr Martin, who was also Lithgow’s longest serving mayor, said the need for the Bells Line route was the most obvious factor in opening up the Central West.

“Instead they just plan to reshuffle the sources of carbon pollution around Sydney,” he said.

“The Coalition promised a start on the Bells Line Expressway during their first term in government.

“The first term is just about up but all they’ve done is to provide an extra overtaking lane on the existing Bells Line near Bilpin.”

Mr Martin said Member for Bathurst and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole was being given ‘an easy ride’ on this issue by all concerned and he was wondering why.

“His silence has been deafening and CENTROC and other authorities in the region have let this issue slide under the radar.

“I don’t know if the Bells Line Action Group that was headed by (former Nationals Minister) Ian Armstrong still meets or even exists."

AND the former Labor State Member for Bathurst and long-time Lithgow City Council Mayor Gerard Martin may be absolutely right about the Nationals dominated Lithgow City Council and Centroc's complete lack of any action over the future of the Bells Line Expressway from Lithgow to Sydney - with not one mention of it being made by our local 'Halloween Queen' and Mayor Maree Statham following her chairing this week of the 'First taskforce meeting on boosting Lithgow's economy'.

Glen Alice Community Assn Annual General Meeting Monday 8th December 7pm

 GACA Inc. Annual General Meeting

Just a reminder of Glen Alice Community Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Monday night next, 8 December, starting at 7pm.

Items of general business are likely to include hall renovation options, future bitumen options for Glen Alice Rd, and progress on the cemetery Columbarium (cremation urn wall), among others -- not to forget the usual reports and business items that we all know and love.

Tea/coffee will be provided, but a plate for supper would also be welcome.

All valley residents welcome to attend -- current members, past members and anyone new to the valley.

Warren Owens

03 December, 2014

Watershed Landcare Water Security Seminar

From: Agness Knapik <agnes@watershedlandcare.com.au>

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From: Agness Knapik <agnes@watershedlandcare.com.au>
Date: 2 December 2014 at 10:45
Subject: Watershed Landcare Water Security Seminar

Please find attached flier for Water Security Seminar to be held on Tuesday 9 December.
I would appreciate if you could distribute to your networks.

Agness Knapik
Watershed Landcare Co-ordinator
0435 055 493

02 December, 2014

Surface Water Assesment

The following is extracted from an Expert Report re surface water Impacts in planned Airly Mine Extension under Mt Airly and Genowlan Mt.


The surface water assessment documents provided for the Airly Mine Extension Project clearly highlight the importance of water pollution as a major environmental issue associated with the current mining activities and the proposed mine extension. The current coal mining operation is generating waste water that is highly saline and is also enriched with ecologically hazardous concentrations of metals and nutrients.

The EIS documentation indicates that larger volumes of waste water are likely to be discharged to local waterways from three discharge points as part of the extended mine operation.

The waterway currently receiving mine waste water (Airly Creek) from the current mine operation is a highly polluted waterway with degraded ecosystem health. The cause of this pollution is unclear, but is at least partly due to the current and previous mining activities.

The EIS documents propose the use of ‘site specific trigger values’ that in my opinion are inappropriate and seek to legitimise ongoing water pollution from the current mining operation to the expanded mine operation.

The existing EPA licence held by the mine for discharge of contaminated mine water currently applies no effective limits for pollutants identified in the surface water assessment. Although the EIS documentation identifies the presence of many water quality pollutants at ecologically hazardous (and probably toxic) concentrations in the current and expanded mine waste water, there are no discharge limits on these pollutants (e.g. salinity, nitrogen, phosphorous, ammonia, turbidity, zinc, nickel) in the EPA waste discharge licence (EPL #12374).

In my opinion, the expanded mine operation appears likely to continue to generate environmentally damaging waste water that will be unregulated with an ineffective EPA environmental protection licence.

Inadequate information is also presented on the likely adverse impacts on such water pollution to downstream waterways in the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment and local and regional water users (agriculture, human recreation, conservation and biodiversity). Potential adverse impacts on Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area streams and rivers from the current, or future extended, mine operation is a serious omission from this EIS documentation.