1.         Greater Blue Mountains Area (Australia) (N 917)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/917/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/917/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Potential extension of a mining lease

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/917/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

On 13 October 2003 the World Heritage Centre received a report from the Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd, Australia, claiming that a proposed mine will threaten the Greater Blue Mountains Area. The report draws attention to a proposal for a 27 million tonne sand and clay mine, located directly adjoining the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage property. According to the report, this will impact upon the biodiversity values, through pollution of the Wollangambe River, and damage essential elements of the integrity of the property. The report requests the Government to set up a public process to define an adequate buffer area for the property.


The Centre transmitted the report to the State Party and IUCN. The State Party, responding to the report, noted that the assessment of this mining proposal is being conducted by the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources and the decision is awaited. It also indicated that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999 imposes obligations on undesirable actions not only within a World Heritage area but also outside the area.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.15

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Acknowledges receipt of the State Party’s report with clarifications on the status of the proposed sand and clay mine adjacent to the World Heritage property of the Greater Blue Mountains Area;

2. Encourages the State Party to prevent any developments that could have adverse effects on the World Heritage property;

3. Requests that the State Party keep the World Heritage Centre and IUCN informed on the status of the proposed sand and clay mine adjacent to the Greater Blue Mountains Area and the proposed measures to avoid any potential impact it may have on the World Heritage property.