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Save the Gardens of Stone

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The Gardens of Stone is one of Australia’s most remarkable regions.

It is public land and yet still at risk.

The Gardens of Stone has almost as many rare plants and animals and endangered ecosystems as the rest of the Blue Mountains put together, all living in this spectacular pagoda landscape of rock pinnacles, canyons, cliffs, forests, heaths and wetlands.

The Gardens of Stone are must for conservation – and being in Sydney’s backyard is a major plus.

With your help we can save the Gardens of Stone.

Dr Bob Brown, 25th March, 2018

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Save the Gardens of Stone

Just two hours west of Sydney is a popular wonderland of sandstone pagodas unique in the world. This public forest needs your help as it is being ruined.

The Gardens of Stone region is remarkable for its combination of dramatic landforms, rock pagodas, and a multitude of rare and threatened plants and animals. You and your family can experience nature close up and personal, a world of secrets, magic and delight. At once apparently daunting but accessible, you will find pagodas in clusters like fortified hill-towns with narrow passageways and walled courtyards, complete with overhanging caves, staircases and waterfalls. It is hard not to put its stunning natural beauty into a human context; with imagined walled gardens, rockeries, open woodlands and shrubberies.

It’s just the best place in the world for a bushwalk! Each visit to the Gardens of Stone is another unique wonderful experience.

Ignore it, and it will disappear

This 39,000 hectare region is proposed for protection as a state conservation area. Its diversity is equivalent to that of the nearby million hectare World Heritage Area. Its reservation would establish effective management for its 100 threatened plants, animals and ecological communities, and to enable it to be appreciated.

Poorly regulated coal mining has caused surface rocks to crack, cliffs and pagodas to crumble, aquifers to be lowered, swamps and creeks to dry out, and rivers that supply Sydney with drinking water to be polluted with mine water. All the while unlicensed and unregistered trail bike riders continue to impact the region without a thought to the damage they cause.

How you can help

An alliance of local conservation groups is developing more detailed plans to explain the substantial benefits of a proposed 39,000 hectare state conservation area reserve. It will examine how a vibrant tourist economy in the Lithgow region would work with the reserve plan and Lithgow Council’s strategy to broaden the local economy.

They have also commissioned award-winning Australian documentary film maker, Tom Zubrycki, to present the outstanding scenic values of Lithgow’s “pagoda” landscapes and how these pagodas will draw tourists to the region. A big new Gardens of Stone reserve should become the foundation for Lithgow’s diversified economy as local mining declines.

Stand shoulder to shoulder with those working towards a Gardens of Stone reserve and a better future for Lithgow. 

Please make a tax-deductible donation to help continue this work.

Donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible.

Snow Flowers Fell this Christmas

Snow Flowers fell this Christmas.

In a place you know so well. This place. The Gardens of Stone.
A place what does it mean?
To you and you and you.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Does it mean a thousand things?
Does it mean a thousand songs?
Does it mean a thousand belongs.
To which belong the thousand songs?
Then sing your line your line of song. Sing your song where you belong
Sing your line your line of song
You Songliner. You songliner.

The snow flowers fell this Christmas
But there’s no white cold on the ground,
Those perfumed petals of the tea tree
Fall slowly; Make no sound.

Like tears they dropped so slowly,
From bushes under tall gum trees,
But our hearts were still and saddened
For the people we could not please.

Some people passed the finish
Ran the race of life good and well.
Some just passed by in the morning
And were gone when evening fell.

Some came as colours of the day
In many shades and hue
Some lost their lustre with the storms
Some blended with the dew.

The snow flowers fell this Christmas
But there’s no white cold on the ground
Those perfumed petals of the tea tree
Fall slowly. Make no sound.

The snow flowers fell again today
They lined the tracks and trails
They made carpets of curls In the bush’s wooden burls
Where the fallen flowers sing in vales.

I see the cast of people from the past
Some a short time ago though it did not last
And their memories crowd like faces
From the bushland flower races
And the white tea tree trestles fall like snow.

There’s mothers and grandfathers as they sang in leafy castles
Tones of joy and fun in melody and rhyme
Though they’ve left us unattended
No malice was extended
They are present in the living without time.

Yes as the years roll over
Droughts of tears feed grass and clover
And the pastures keep the wallabies content
So we see and smell the bushland
Where the rock and stone make quick sand,
And we huddle in the shelter of a tent.

The snow flowers fell this Christmas
But there’s no white cold on the ground
Those perfumed petals of the tea tree
Fall slowly. Make no sound.

Yes, Snow Flowers fell this Christmas.

In a place you know so well.
This Place the Gardens of a Stonement.
A place where the rocks and sky fell.

A place what does it mean?
To you and you and you
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Have you seen a thousand things?
Do you sing a thousand songs?
Do you know a thousand belongs To which belong the thousand songs?

Then sing your line, your line of song,
Sing your song where you belong.
Sing your line your line of song
You Songliner. You songliner.

Yes, Snow Flowers fell this Christmas.

Wyn Jones November, 2017

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