The Save Cliefden Caves Association has welcomed Australia Post’s decision to release a new stamp collection featuring Cliefden Caves.
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The cave system near Cowra and Canowindra is under threat of flooding by a proposed NSW government dam on the Belubula River upstream of Canowindra.
The caves are part of the greater Cliefden Caves landscape which contains precious cave formations and fossils dating back more than 420 million years.
The caves are not open to the public.
The Belubula River flows through the Cliefden Caves landscape, and is targeted by the NSW state government for (yet another) dam on the river.
Harry Burkitt, Secretary of the Association spoke this week of the importance of the Cliefden Caves landscape.
“Cliefden is the most valuable cave system found outside of a national park in NSW.
“Its scientific and heritage values are easily comparable to Jenolan Caves, which are recognised internationally as part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
“The Save Cliefden Caves Association, representing over 8,500 people across Australia, welcomes Australia Post’s decision to promote the heritage values of Cliefden Caves, just the same as the nearby Jenolan Caves.
“Featuring Cliefden Caves on an Australian postage stamp showcases that they are something that belongs to all of us. Something that we’re all proud of.
“But if the dam goes ahead, stamps and photos would be the only way that future generations could see the caves. In reality, they’d be gone forever.
“What sort of message will it send if the government destroys something they themselves have now recognised as a national treasure?”
The Save Cliefden Caves Association is part of a broad coalition of locals, land owners, cavers, environmental groups and concerned citizens.
Digital versions of the stamp can be found on the Australia Post website at https://shop.auspost.com.au/stamp-and-coin-collectables/stamp-issues/caves
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