The Foundation is actively supporting the National Parks Association proposal for a National Park to be established along the Bargo and Nepean river systems. The corridor of land along the Bargo and Nepean rivers bridge the protected areas of the Greater Blue Mountains National Park and Upper Nepean water catchment areas stretching out to the Illawarra escarpment. Designation of the area as a national park will ensure its protection from development and its future in Sydney’s green belt.
The future of the Tahmoor and Bargo Gorges was recently under threat from a development proposal lodged with the Wollondilly Shire Council. Led by Paula Richardson, the Foundation successfully supported a 150m buffer between the gorge escarpments and planned residential development.
Our modern community understands that urban development and retaining native tracks of land are not incompatible societal outcomes. The Bargo and Tahmoor gorges are at the north end of the last remaining corridor of native land from the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area and the Illawarra Coast. The Nepean and Bargo Rivers are part of the headway to the Nepean-Hawkesbury system flowing around greater western Sydney to Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Please support this worthwhile campaign to help protect the native bushland surrounds of the river system. We will continue to work with the National Parks Association and others for establishment of the Bargo-Nepean National Park Proposal creating a natural link from the Greater Blue Mountains National Park to the Illawarra Coast.