Adventure facilities and tourism accommodation must not blight views

The reserve’s draft plan sets to drive tourism growth instead of conservation and presentation of the heritage values that ensures quality sustainable tourism. Placing adventure tourism facilities in the middle of the Lost City view wrecks Lithgow’s best scenic asset and illustrates perfectly what’s wrong with the draft management plans. TAKE ACTION

The Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area must establish effective recreation management that:

  • provides for and promotes ecologically sustainable and environmentally acceptable recreation and tourism activities;
  • makes sustainable recreation activities currently ecologically unsustainable;
  • protects and restores its natural and cultural heritage; and
  • excludes illegal activities.

Management must ensure the aspirations of Traditional Owners to care for and share Country and Aboriginal culture are supported.

Lost City near Lithgow  - Image H. Gold
Lost City - before - Image H. Gold
Adventure facilities and building in middle of Lost City view – NPWS illustration from the tourism EoI
Building and adventure facilities in the centre of the view - NPWS figure from the tourism EoI
Glamping huts on an outstanding pagoda landscape –  NPWS illustration from the tourism EoI
Glamping huts blight views of an outstanding pagoda landscape - NPWS illustration from the tourism EoI