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We are a membership-based, non-government organisation, working since 2004 to support better conservation of the extraordinary natural and cultural wonders of the Greater Blue Mountains and its region.  Our mission is to engage people and science in caring for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  Read more

 

Blue Mountains Local Environment Plan

Consequences for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

The current Blue Mountains LEP planning controls ensure development does not impinge negatively on the surrounding World Heritage Area.

In March 2006 the NSW Government directed all NSW Council’s to prepare  LEPs consistent with standardised provisions and a landuse zoning system.

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The Bleichert Ropeway

A Community Study of Industrial Heritage

In 1885, an aerial ropeway was constructed to transport mined oil shale across the Jamison Valley.

It collapsed after only six months. In 2014 the Institute and our partners conducted a field survey of the Ropeway’s remaining heritage items in the valley. We now have a complete and accurate record of what remains from the Bleichert Ropeway, and have produced a report highlighting its cultural significance and recommendations for its conservation.

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The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. An area four times the size of the Australian Capital Territory, it protects the largest intact forest landscape on the Australian mainland. We acknowledge the Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal language groups as the traditional owners of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

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Low Carbon Tourism

The project provides tools for the Blue Mountains tourism sector to reduce its carbon footprint. Businesses can measure and improve their environmental performance through reviews by trained sustainability auditors. A Low Carbon web app also allows tourists to reduce their carbon footprint by selecting lower carbon rated tourist services.

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Bushfire Risk Communication

The “Fire Stories: A Lesson in Time” documentary film examines the 1957 Leura Fires that destroyed over 170 homes and left the town devastated. Through interviews of survivors and witnesses, the stories from the ’57 fires come alive.

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