Info Blue Mountains, Australia
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A World Heritage nominee, the City of the Blue Mountains is situated within the Blue Mountains National Park, less than 2 hours by road or rail from the City of Sydney, Australia. We adjoin the Kanangra Boyd, Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks, plus the catchment reserve for Sydney's major water storage, Lake Burragorang.
The Blue Mountains is obviously an environmentally sensitive area, with the competing demands of tourists, local residents, and the ecology. It is hoped that the Blue Mountains Plaza Green Pages will assist in achieving sustainable development whilst protecting the ecology.
See also: National Parks
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|Katoomba Falls are located between
the Three Sisters and the Scenic Railway, on the edge of
the Jamison Valley, at Katoomba. Bushwalkers may view the falls by descending
Steps, then either climbing back out or riding the Scenic Railway to the top. The less
energetic will find that it is a short and easy walk from the base of the railway to the
base of the falls.
Various other walks start from the base of the Scenic Railway, and there are other staircases into the valley.
Photographed from the base, with 200mm lens, by D. Martin
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Australia is the driest continent on Earth, after Antarctica. (Whilst covered in ice, the Antarctic receives very little precipitation). Whilst Sydney has been laughing since the completion of Warragamba Dam almost 40 years ago, our population is growing. If we don't want to dam the Grose or Colo Rivers, we must learn to conserve water.
At the other end of the cycle is what goes back into our creeks and rivers. It is a brave person who drinks untreated Blue Mountains creek water, and swimming in the Nepean River is not recommended, either. We need to clean up our act!
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Most of Australia's power comes from burning something, either in
the home (eg. wood or gas), or in a power station (coal). All of these have a negative
impact on the environment.
(Other sources include hydro-electricity, and to a much lesser extent wind and solar energy.)
By reducing our energy consumption, we not only help the environment, but also save on fuel bills.
The truth is probably in here, but we haven't had time for a good look yet!
The Earth is the
Lord's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.....
Psalm 24:1, NIV
Info Blue Mountains, New South Wales (NSW), Australia