Local galleries support arts and the environment

Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery

Profile: Low Carbon Living members Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts Katoomba and Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery.  Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts in Katoomba began as a pipedream for Sharon and Victor Peralta. It became a reality ten years later, in November 2015. The concept was simple: to support and encourage established and…

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Don’t raise the dam

The NSW Government’s plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall would destroy unique areas within the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Colong Foundation has warned. The Colong Foundation’s Harry Burkitt said the Kowmung River wilderness (pictured) would suffer permanent damage if the plan proceeds “The Kowmung River is one of…

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Blue Mountains rally on climate change

Katoomba will host a family-friendly rally and hoedown on 10 December 2017 to raise awareness about local bushfire risks exacerbated by climate change, the Blue Mountains Gazette reports. Leura resident Celia Vagg told the Gazette: “We hope to inspire people in our area to get involved in protecting our natural environment.…

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Ecotourism certification for Blue Mountains National Park

Australia’s most accessible wilderness destination, the Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales (NSW), has joined the ranks of Ecotourism Australia’s Certified Destinations, EcoTourism Australia reports. The park’s new status was announced on 28 October 2017 by Shayne Mallard MLC and David Crust, who is National Parks and Wildlife Service…

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High altitude discovery in Blue Mountains

“We have just discovered high altitude koalas in the World Heritage Blue Mountains region, living at over 1000m. Not only that, but they were found on the top of a ridge in what most experts would class as poor quality and highly unlikely habitat,” writes Dr Kellie Leigh, the executive director…

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Low Carbon Living newsletter, November 2017

Some of the worst wildfires ever recorded in the US struck Northern California last month, killing 40 people. Disastrous summer fires were also recorded in Southern Europe. This is the backdrop to the release of World Meteorological Organisation data on the surge in atmospheric carbon, and the Climate Council report…

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Big views, small footprint: the Scenic World way

Over the past 72 years, local family-owned business Scenic World has evolved as a business focused on environmental preservation, partnerships and local investment. Scenic World is Australia’s privately-owned and most-frequently visited tourist attraction, with over 1 million visitors a year. It runs the world’s steepest incline railway into the lush…

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New scholarship for Blue Mountains students

Applications are invited for the inaugural Scenic World Scholarship in Natural Science and Tourism Management at Western Sydney University (WSU). The scholarship is the result of a new partnership between Scenic World and WSU. It is available to assist Blue Mountains residents from disadvantaged backgrounds to follow their dream of…

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Communicating bushfire risk in the Blue Mountains

Dr Rosalie Chapple, Dr Ilse Blignault and Anne Fitzgerald are the authors of Communicating bushfire risk in the Blue Mountains: a case study of the Fire Stories film, published recently in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Their article examines the documentary film, Fire Stories – A Lesson in Time, which was locally produced…

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Low Carbon Living newsletter

Welcome to the Low Carbon Living newsletter. It’s been a month for breaking records …again! The Bureau of Meteorology announced that we have just had the hottest winter and the hottest September on record. Given  that this summer is likely to break further heat records, our focus is on energy, and particularly electricity generation. In this edition of the…

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