The following article by David Fitzsimons appeared in the Central Western Daily on 9 September 2019. A major mountain bike track proposal for Mount Canobolas has been approved for further planning in the mountain’s new plan of management, released by the state government on Monday. The plan also calls for all facilities at the summitContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT | New Mount Canobolas Plan of Management allows for consideration of mountain biking trails”
THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE MT CANOBOLAS SCA FROM BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING CENTRE HAS REACHED A CRITICAL MOMENT. NICK KING, PRESIDENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY CONCERNED CITIZENS OF ORANGE HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING URGENT APPEAL. Dear Friend of Mount Canobolas. At a meeting of the Orange City Council Environmental Sustainability Committee meeting on Friday (9 AugustContinue reading “URGENT REQUEST FROM ECCO | Please write to Environment Minister Matt Kean re Mount Canobolas Plan of Management”
A LIGHTLY EDITED VERSION OF THE FOLLOWING PRESS RELEASE APPEARED AS THE ‘EARTH FIRST’ COLUMN IN THE CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY ON 9 AUGUST 2019. The visit to Mt Canobolas last week by the new State Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Kean, provided no clues as to the future of the mountain biking proposal beingContinue reading “EARTH FIRST | Preserving ‘easily the most important biodiversity conservation reserve in the region’ key”
THE FOLLOWING REPORT BY DANIELLE CETINSKI IN THE CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY ON 2 AUGUST 2019 HAS BEEN LIGHTLY CONDENSED. ‘A VISIT from the state’s latest environment minister to Mount Canobolas has renewed hopes for a mountain bike trail centre, although there is still no timeframe on when the necessary approvals might come through. The managementContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT | Environment Minister Matt Kean visits Mount Canobolas”
Dr Colin Bower explains that the tiny Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is the last refuge for unique and threatened plants and animals that evolved on the Mount Canobolas volcano after it became dormant. Included are many species that occur nowhere else on Earth and depend on the reserve for their survival. Take Action NowContinue reading “VIDEO | The Outstanding Biodiversity Value of the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area – Dr Colin Bower”
Dr Richard Medd highlights the value of the native flora on Mt Canobolas, of which some 150 species are at the extremes of their known ranges. Take Action Now Say NO to Mountain Bike Trails In Mt Canobolas SCA reserve! Take Action Now!
Much debate has occurred over the last few years in these pages regarding the use of the Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area for a large mountain biking facility. Such a development would involve a major change in the overall utilisation of the SCA from its current (pre-fire) usage, leading to increased disturbance of soils and vegetationContinue reading “LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Development plan’s eroding effects must not see light”
Staff of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be available on the summit of Mt Canobolas on all three days of the October long weekend from 10 am to 3 pm to discuss plans for restoration of facilities following the February wildfire. They will also outline a program of biodiversity monitoring to understandContinue reading “Information Days on Mt Canobolas summit on the October Long Weekend”
Local bushwalkers and naturalists stumbled across an illegal well-used mountain bike trail within the Mt Canobolas SCA. The trail passed through a stand of threatened Canobolas Candlebark trees and had constructed jumps and berms. Peter West of Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange said those responsible had no regard for current legislation and regulations……. Read theContinue reading “Illegal Mountain Bikes Trails Discovered within the Mt Canobolas SCA”
The SCA is a small reserve with exceptional biodiversity values. A large, dedicated trail network (63 kms proposed within the SCA itself) and vastly increased visitor usage would risk the very values the reserve was set up to protect. The SCA should be protected for its biodiversity and cultural values, with only current passive recreation pursuits available to the public.