The Blueys are wonderful: tall gums tower over a deep-green understorey filled with birds and beasts, while sinewy trails cut through those forests, leading to mighty cliffs that lift up the plateau and set it above the lowlands, where they are battered by cold winds and bathed in the soft light of setting suns. And it is all right there, on the doorsteps of a thriving community. But that access comes at a cost – proximity to civilisation. In much of the Blueys you feel as if you are climbing in the suburbs, because you are.
Suburbs mean pressure on the natural environment and right now that pressure is being brought to bear on Radiata Plateau.
Sitting on the southern escarpment, it is the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau in the upper Blue Mountains, and has significant biodiversity value. Radiata Plateau’s survival depends on the area remaining undisturbed, yet many feel that a proposed private development threatens its future.
Home to rare and threatened species, culturally significant for local people, and a magnet for the outdoor community – with climbers most familiar with it for being the home of hard at Elphinstone and The Pit – the future of Radiata Plateau remains at risk from development.
The Blue Mountains Conversation Society (BMCS), which includes some concerned and active climbers, is opposing development of the Radiata (Elphinstone) Plateau. Earlier in the year, the NSW Land and Environment Court refused two development applications on Radiata Plateau, yet gave approval to one in arguably one of the most sensitive areas of the Plateau.
The BMCS is rousing those that care about wild places in the Mountains and is holding a rally to raise awareness of the need to ‘Leave Radiata Plateau Wild’. The Rally we be held on Sunday 30 July at 1.30pm – if you want to join in bring your placards and your chanting voice to Cahills Lookout, Cliff Drive in Katoomba.
‘The Society and local community have been very concerned about the true intention behind the proposed developments as the owner had previously highlighted their desire for a considerable residential conference facility on the Plateau,’ explained Ms Madi Maclean, President, Blue Mountains Conservation Society.
‘Even with the refusal of two of the three development applications the future of Radiata Plateau remains insecure – it is still in private hands and remains unprotected,’ continued Ms Maclean.
‘Now is the time to secure its future and we are calling on all members of the community who are committed to seeing the Plateau purchased by the State or Commonwealth government for incorporation into the Blue Mountains National Park, to join us for a rally on Sunday 30 July to Leave Radiata Plateau Wild.’
Leave Radiata Plateau Wild rally
When: Sunday 30th July, 1.30pm
Where: Cahill’s Lookout, Cliff Drive, Katoomba.
If you want more info visit the BMCS site here.