The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has changed its name to the Australian Foundation for Wilderness | Lithgow Mercury

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Australia’s oldest wilderness conservation organization, the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, has changed its name to the Australian Foundation for Wilderness. He now campaigns under the title, Wilderness Australia, fighting not just on NSW issues, but on the national stage. Wilderness Australia chief executive Harry Burkitt said there was some confusion from the younger generation over the name – many not having the same connection to the mountains in the Kanangra-Boyd wilderness. and even unable to spell it. The foundation was established in 1968 by hikers concerned about the threats posed south of the Blue Mountains by limestone quarrying and pine plantations. The foundation not only played a leading role in realizing Myles Dunphy’s plan for a Greater Blue Mountains National Park, but lobbied for its World Heritage listing. One of the group’s main focuses recently has been its campaign against the raising of the Warragamba dam wall. The organization said the name would enable the organization and its members to respond more powerfully to the deteriorating environmental situation across Australia, particularly in areas surrounding Intact Natural Areas. Wilderness Australia Chairman and former NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus said the change marked an important moment to reflect on the long and illustrious history of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness since its inception. “The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has been a pioneer in conservation campaigning since its inception in 1968 as Australia’s first nature conservation organization. He said it was the Colong Foundation that spearheaded the very first campaign in Australia when it successfully stopped the Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers from destroying the Colong Caves to extract its limestone.The foundation was instrumental in enacting the Wilderness Act which now protects more than two millions of hectares of country in New South Wales perseverance, which have clear goals and strong impact in the media, boardrooms and governments.In particular, Wilderness Australia was created to resist the nature collapse by advocating for the health, resilience and connectivity of our nation’s wild spaces.” Burkitt said Wilde’s priorities and mission rness Australia were urgent. “The immediate needs of nature are not being taken seriously in Australia. As the federal election campaign approaches, Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to fund and support the burning of native forests for energy purposes. The Prime Minister also announced plans to remove important federal protections used to prevent environmentally destructive development projects.”We are bringing our fifty years of New South Wales-based campaigning experience to the national stage. However, Wilderness Australia remains committed to our long-standing campaign to oppose plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall, a project that would vandalize the “But we are also taking action to oppose an emerging industry in Australia that seeks to burn wood from our forest in power plants in the name of renewable energy.The biomass burning industry is active in many parts of the world, and we intend to prevent it from s ‘locate here and greatly increase forest protection in eastern Australia.’ Their website is at


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