Corridors and Connectivity in the Great Eastern Ranges

On 10 December, the Institute’s Programme Director Rosalie Chapple presented at the Great Eastern Ranges’ Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala partnership (K2W)’s Annual Forum at Jenolan Caves.

The K2W partnership brings together landholders and community groups to protect and restore natural connections for native plants and animals in the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link landscape corridor.This corridor connects the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area with protected areas located in the upper reaches of the Lachlan River catchment.

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Over 43 people attended the forum, including local landholders, researchers, government agencies, and conservationists

Rosalie’s presentation outlined the Institute’s work in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and how this links with the Kanangra to Wyangla piece of the connectivity jigsaw.

View Rosalie’s presentation

Rosalie presenting at the Forum

Rosalie presenting at the Forum

‘Not just polar bears. Climate change as a social justice issue’

The Institute was pleased to co-host the Evatt Foundation dinner at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba on October 17.
Guest speaker Professor Lesley Hughes, one of Australia’s foremost experts on climate change, provided a lucid reminder of issues related to climate change in the lead up to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

View the speech transcript – “Not Just Polar Bears – Climate Change as a Social Justice Issue”

Renew Your Business – free information night.

Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-op hosting: How solar can benefit Blue Mountains businesses, Wed 25th Nov, 2015, 6-8:30pm, The Ballroom, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba.


Invitation: Report on evaluation of ‘Fire Stories’.

‘Fire Stories – a lesson in time.’

How effective was this film in bushfire risk communication?

Invitation to report on Fire Stories evaluation (1)


Promoting GBM World Heritage

Journal article: Promoting the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area: environmental presentation within tourist brochures

Rescheduled: H.V. Evatt Memorial Dinner 2015

‘Not just polar bears. Climate change as a social justice issue’.

Guest Speaker: Lesley Hughes Master of Ceremonies: Trish Doyle, M.P.

Event invite

Date: 17 October 2015

Place: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba

Time: 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m.

Cost: $80 (includes dinner)

Evatt dinner booking form[4]

RSVP: orphone: 4784 3064 or 0418 649 497

Low Carbon Tourism

Valuing Community Participation

Exploring environmental issues through an enviro-cultural schools program and working collaboratively with communities in artistic cultural expression.

Community cultural development and Earth Journeys:

Valuing Community Participation

Dingo Cam

What we know is that dingoes play a very important role in protecting native species from foxes and cats in the desert. We expect the situation could be similar in the forests of the GBMWHA. Thus, we need to invest more time and energy into learning about dingoes and dingo ecology.   Read more

Long term volunteer – 2 days per week

Ideally based in the Upper Mountains (resident). Own transport, own laptop and mobile. Pre-approved out of pocket expenses are reimbursable.

Background in environmental/social science. Interest in the vision and mission of BMWHI. Knowledge of the Blue Mountains local community and GBM system desirable. Willingness to be hands on.

Able to commit to a Read more