The Colong Foundation, the successor to Myles Dunphy's National Parks and Primitive Areas Council, is Australia's longest-serving community advocate for wilderness. Its proposal for a Wilderness Act was accepted in 1987. To supplement this legislation, our Red Index audits NSW wilderness areas, identifies threats and formulates site specific protection remedies.
There are now 2,100,000 ha of protected wilderness in NSW. However, many beautiful and environmentally highly significant wilderness areas are not protected, such as the Pilliga and Goonoo on the North West slopes, the Deua Valley on the South Coast and the Tabletop and Main Range in the Snowy Mountains.
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has had a long, successful history. From its foundation in 1968 until 1975, it was the fighting force that prevented limestone mining and the destruction of the native forest for pine plantations in the southern Blue Mountains.
The Foundation not only played a leading role in realising Myles Dunphy's plan for a Greater Blue Mountains National Park, it pushed for its World Heritage listing, as well as the reservation of a Border Ranges National Park and Kakadu National Park.
It has initiated successful campaigns for the protection of over a million hectares of wilderness in NSW.
The Colong Foundation promotes the idea of natural areas exist for nature's sake and wilderness as a place where nature has primacy, a place where nature can flourish in glorious diversity.