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 Established June, 1931. Established June, 1931.
  
-A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers, Box 4476 G.P.O., Sydney, 2001. Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening from 7.30 pm at the Wireless Institute Building, 14 Atchison Street, St. Leonards. Enquiries concerning the Club shouldbe ​referred to Ann Ravn, Telephone 798,8607.+A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers, Box 4476 G.P.O., Sydney, 2001. Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening from 7.30 pm at the Wireless Institute Building, 14 Atchison Street, St. Leonards. Enquiries concerning the Club should be referred to Ann Ravn, Telephone 798,8607.
  
 |Editor|Helen Gray, 209 Malton Road, Epping, 2121. Telephone 86,6263.| |Editor|Helen Gray, 209 Malton Road, Epping, 2121. Telephone 86,6263.|
-|Business Manager|Bill Burke, 3 Coral Tree Drive, Carlingford,​2118. Telephone 871,1207.|+|Business Manager|Bill Burke, 3 Coral Tree Drive, Carlingford,​ 2118. Telephone 871,1207.|
 |Typist|Kath Brown.| |Typist|Kath Brown.|
 |Duplicator Operator|Phil Butt.| |Duplicator Operator|Phil Butt.|
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 __Grose Valley__ - Mt. Hay Road - Lockley Pylon - Du Faur Head - Bluegum Forest - Victoria Falls. Saturday morning car swap. Maps: Katoomba, Mt.Wilson 1:31680. 14.km. Medium. __Grose Valley__ - Mt. Hay Road - Lockley Pylon - Du Faur Head - Bluegum Forest - Victoria Falls. Saturday morning car swap. Maps: Katoomba, Mt.Wilson 1:31680. 14.km. Medium.
  
-The notes interest me because they leave a clear impression of a rather ​cowded ​bushwalk, something I have felt for a while about the Grose Valley! Anyway, the notes have been now stitched into a belated account for the magazine.+The notes interest me because they leave a clear impression of a rather ​crowded ​bushwalk, something I have felt for a while about the Grose Valley! Anyway, the notes have been now stitched into a belated account for the magazine.
  
 Flash from his big win in Paddy Pallin'​s 50th Anniversary Outdoor Photographic competition,​ Ian was a late starter getting away from Sydney on the Friday evening. It must have been around 9.30 pm before we left the exhibition of photographs being held in the Sydney University Law School Assembly Hall. In Joy Hynes' car were Colin Barnes, Julie English (a visitor from Santa Cruz, California),​ Bill Gamble and, of course, Ian. Stan and Jenny Madden shot through in their VW Campmobile. Flash from his big win in Paddy Pallin'​s 50th Anniversary Outdoor Photographic competition,​ Ian was a late starter getting away from Sydney on the Friday evening. It must have been around 9.30 pm before we left the exhibition of photographs being held in the Sydney University Law School Assembly Hall. In Joy Hynes' car were Colin Barnes, Julie English (a visitor from Santa Cruz, California),​ Bill Gamble and, of course, Ian. Stan and Jenny Madden shot through in their VW Campmobile.
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 The clear, warm conditions continued into the morning, but not much farther. By the time the car swap had occurred, it was after 10.00 am and clouds were scudding across the sky from the south as we walked out from the Pinnacles. John Newman arrived with the car swap. The clear, warm conditions continued into the morning, but not much farther. By the time the car swap had occurred, it was after 10.00 am and clouds were scudding across the sky from the south as we walked out from the Pinnacles. John Newman arrived with the car swap.
  
-We ambled out towards Lockley Pylon, behind another group of walkers, in rather humid conditions and scrambled up to the Pylon. Someone recorded our names for posterity in the book. It was then suggested that we ought to get ourselves into gear and move down to Bluegum ​Foregt ​for lunch. In retrospect, I think a weekend walk of 14 km on tracks is conducive to a certain slothfulness.+We ambled out towards Lockley Pylon, behind another group of walkers, in rather humid conditions and scrambled up to the Pylon. Someone recorded our names for posterity in the book. It was then suggested that we ought to get ourselves into gear and move down to Bluegum ​Forest ​for lunch. In retrospect, I think a weekend walk of 14 km on tracks is conducive to a certain slothfulness.
  
 There was an extended lunch at Bluegum Forest amid the visiting throngs and then, for some reason, a hell-bent race to Little Bluegum for overnight camp. The drizzle had now become persistent, but the generous camp fire gave off enough heat to quickly dry any accumulating dampness on clothes. There was an extended lunch at Bluegum Forest amid the visiting throngs and then, for some reason, a hell-bent race to Little Bluegum for overnight camp. The drizzle had now become persistent, but the generous camp fire gave off enough heat to quickly dry any accumulating dampness on clothes.
  
-Sing-along efforts were hesitant, but conversation was spirited and varied, assisted by assorted medicinal fortifications. ​Latenesss ​of hour and the rising level of dampness eventually put us all down for the night.+Sing-along efforts were hesitant, but conversation was spirited and varied, assisted by assorted medicinal fortifications. ​Lateness ​of hour and the rising level of dampness eventually put us all down for the night.
  
 The following morning, in a brilliant burst of sustained walking for about an hour, we made it through to the turnoff to Pierces Pass. In what was probably the bushwalkers'​ equivalent of getting one's gear off in Martin Place, some of the party decided on a swim in a long, deep pool. It was well worth the exposure. We left this busy place and found a break in the weather and a warm lunchstop at Burra Korain campsite. Enroute, we met briefly Tony Marshall'​s aborted Zobel Gully walk coming down the valley. Rudi Dezelin stopped for a few minutes, but the remainder seemed hell bent to get somewhere. They all added to a valley peppered with people. At Burra Korain, Ian produced what looked like a converted tennis racquet to go yabbying, and some followed his unsuccessful efforts with interest. The following morning, in a brilliant burst of sustained walking for about an hour, we made it through to the turnoff to Pierces Pass. In what was probably the bushwalkers'​ equivalent of getting one's gear off in Martin Place, some of the party decided on a swim in a long, deep pool. It was well worth the exposure. We left this busy place and found a break in the weather and a warm lunchstop at Burra Korain campsite. Enroute, we met briefly Tony Marshall'​s aborted Zobel Gully walk coming down the valley. Rudi Dezelin stopped for a few minutes, but the remainder seemed hell bent to get somewhere. They all added to a valley peppered with people. At Burra Korain, Ian produced what looked like a converted tennis racquet to go yabbying, and some followed his unsuccessful efforts with interest.
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 As I swamped down my first mug of tea, I had a sudden recollection of another lizard on another occasion mopping up some fallen breadcrumbs. By this time he (or she) had advanced to within a metre of me and was looking reproachfully at me. Presently I could stand its stare no longer, so fished out a shortbread biscuit and crumbled a corner of it on to the floor of the overhang about mid-way between us. It darted forward and picked up three or four of the larger crumbs - those about the size of a match-head. As I swamped down my first mug of tea, I had a sudden recollection of another lizard on another occasion mopping up some fallen breadcrumbs. By this time he (or she) had advanced to within a metre of me and was looking reproachfully at me. Presently I could stand its stare no longer, so fished out a shortbread biscuit and crumbled a corner of it on to the floor of the overhang about mid-way between us. It darted forward and picked up three or four of the larger crumbs - those about the size of a match-head.
  
-Now a bright idea - take a slide of my biscuit-eating skink in action. I readied the camera, focussing on a smooth slab of rock about 40 cm distant, guessed at the correct exposure ​aperature ​and timing, and began to break up, another ​brece of shortbread.+Now a bright idea - take a slide of my biscuit-eating skink in action. I readied the camera, focussing on a smooth slab of rock about 40 cm distant, guessed at the correct exposure ​aperture ​and timing, and began to break up, another ​piece of shortbread.
  
 Reaching over slowly I started to sprinkle the crumbs when the lizard, now completely hooked on shortbread, whipped in and latched on to my index finger. It decided this wasn't edible and turned to the crumbs, greedily swallowing another three or four fragments. There was ample time to point the already cocked camera and shoot. Reaching over slowly I started to sprinkle the crumbs when the lizard, now completely hooked on shortbread, whipped in and latched on to my index finger. It decided this wasn't edible and turned to the crumbs, greedily swallowing another three or four fragments. There was ample time to point the already cocked camera and shoot.
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 Correspondence brought letters from Jeff Rigby advising change of address, from the A.C.F. expressing concern about the future of the Great Barrier Reef, from Andy Turner providing notes on his survey of recreational usage of National Parks, from the Walking Club of Victoria asking that they receive copies of our club magazine, advice that Jim Callaway has been appointed to the Heathcote National Park Advisory Committee and outgoing letters to the three new members. There were no significant matters arising. Correspondence brought letters from Jeff Rigby advising change of address, from the A.C.F. expressing concern about the future of the Great Barrier Reef, from Andy Turner providing notes on his survey of recreational usage of National Parks, from the Walking Club of Victoria asking that they receive copies of our club magazine, advice that Jim Callaway has been appointed to the Heathcote National Park Advisory Committee and outgoing letters to the three new members. There were no significant matters arising.
  
-Then it was on to the reports! First came the Treasurer to regale us with tales of monetary splendour. It seems that we began the month with $1684.85, spent $190.07, acquired $49.00 and ended up with $1543.78. The Coolana Account had a closing balance of $405.50.+Then it was on to the reports! First came the Treasurer to regale us with tales of monetary splendour. It seems that we began the month with $1684.85, spent $190.07, acquired $49.00 and ended up with $1543.78. The Coolana Account had a closing balance of $405.50.
  
-The Federation Report indicated that S. & R. section have commented on the recent incident at Margaret Falls involving a fatality, that the E.C. of N.S.W. have withdrawn the Birds Rock Colliery E.I.S. for further review (ii should be available again next year) and Federation have received a letter of complaint from a farmer in the A.C.T. alleging that "​bushwalkers"​ have offended against him in a number of ways. Federation will contact him for funther ​information.+The Federation Report indicated that S. & R. section have commented on the recent incident at Margaret Falls involving a fatality, that the E.C. of N.S.W. have withdrawn the Birds Rock Colliery E.I.S. for further review (ii should be available again next year) and Federation have received a letter of complaint from a farmer in the A.C.T. alleging that "​bushwalkers"​ have offended against him in a number of ways. Federation will contact him for further ​information.
  
 The Walks Reports began, as is becoming traditional nowadays, with a couple of non-reports. First there was Alan Pike's modified Three Peaks trip of 11,12,13 September - no report, but it did go, then Gordon Lee's Three Peaks trip - no report. Jim Percy reported 10 starters, two of whom were prospectives,​ on his Kanangra Walls to optional Cloudmaker walk having perfect weather that same weekend. Of the two Sunday walks, Jim Brown had 12 members, 6 prospectives,​ 3 visitors and lots of wildflowers on his Glenbrook area walk. (It is unclear whether the programmed Wild Flowers walk is at variance with the actual walk or not.) Peter Dyce, on the other hand, reported nothing wild about his Bundeena to Otford trip despite the attendance of 21 people. The Walks Reports began, as is becoming traditional nowadays, with a couple of non-reports. First there was Alan Pike's modified Three Peaks trip of 11,12,13 September - no report, but it did go, then Gordon Lee's Three Peaks trip - no report. Jim Percy reported 10 starters, two of whom were prospectives,​ on his Kanangra Walls to optional Cloudmaker walk having perfect weather that same weekend. Of the two Sunday walks, Jim Brown had 12 members, 6 prospectives,​ 3 visitors and lots of wildflowers on his Glenbrook area walk. (It is unclear whether the programmed Wild Flowers walk is at variance with the actual walk or not.) Peter Dyce, on the other hand, reported nothing wild about his Bundeena to Otford trip despite the attendance of 21 people.
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 We then went inside the front single storey building via the hall. The hall was painted in an 'old world' cream colour, complete with a curved and embellished arch at the midway point. The hall was hung with photos and paintings of an age long since passed, i.e. knights in armour with their lady loves and mementoes of the 1914-1918 war. The windows at the rear of the hall consist of the original blue and red side lights, complete with glass etched designs. We then went inside the front single storey building via the hall. The hall was painted in an 'old world' cream colour, complete with a curved and embellished arch at the midway point. The hall was hung with photos and paintings of an age long since passed, i.e. knights in armour with their lady loves and mementoes of the 1914-1918 war. The windows at the rear of the hall consist of the original blue and red side lights, complete with glass etched designs.
  
-The party then entered the lounge room which appeared to be in its original condition, i.e. the timber ceiling was painted in a dark mid-green colour and the peeling wallpaper was the original 1876 material. Miss Macnamee pointed out an elaborate moulded cedar bookcase which she said had belonged to one of the inhabitants,​ namely the Fairfaxes. The room was full of furniture and bookcases dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900'​s. The books in the bookcase dated back to that period, i.e. "​Scott'​s Expedition to the Antatctic".+The party then entered the lounge room which appeared to be in its original condition, i.e. the timber ceiling was painted in a dark mid-green colour and the peeling wallpaper was the original 1876 material. Miss Macnamee pointed out an elaborate moulded cedar bookcase which she said had belonged to one of the inhabitants,​ namely the Fairfaxes. The room was full of furniture and bookcases dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900'​s. The books in the bookcase dated back to that period, i.e. "​Scott'​s Expedition to the Antarctic".
  
 The timber floor in this room was rather shaky. Miss Macnamee indicated that for years her father (the Principal of the Woodford Academy) and herself had done the repairs for all the building, but that because of her advanced age she had not been able to keep up with the necessary repairs. She intimated that the National Trust had taken over this responsibility. The timber floor in this room was rather shaky. Miss Macnamee indicated that for years her father (the Principal of the Woodford Academy) and herself had done the repairs for all the building, but that because of her advanced age she had not been able to keep up with the necessary repairs. She intimated that the National Trust had taken over this responsibility.
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 Nancye then told us some of the history of the, house - Nancye then told us some of the history of the, house -
  
-It was called '​Martin'​s Folly' because Sir James started the construction whilst his wife was overseas in Ehgland. It was to be a large lavish house on a grand scale, built as a surprise, but with some of his wife's money. On returning from England, Lady Martin temporarily halted the construction because she disagreed with the extreme lavishness of the plans, i.e. 14 bedrooms to house the children of the marriage. Eventually the house was finished but not on such a and scale.+It was called '​Martin'​s Folly' because Sir James started the construction whilst his wife was overseas in England. It was to be a large lavish house on a grand scale, built as a surprise, but with some of his wife's money. On returning from England, Lady Martin temporarily halted the construction because she disagreed with the extreme lavishness of the plans, i.e. 14 bedrooms to house the children of the marriage. Eventually the house was finished but not on such a and scale.
  
 __Note__: Further historical details can be obtained from the book '​Historic Woodford and Linden',​ by Alan E. Searle. Obtainable from J. Maddock, Springwood Historical Society, __Note__: Further historical details can be obtained from the book '​Historic Woodford and Linden',​ by Alan E. Searle. Obtainable from J. Maddock, Springwood Historical Society,
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 Bearing in mind that Charlie dragooned a member at the auction into buying a catalogue of "​S.K.F. Ball Bearings",​ I am now in doubt about that book. If, indeed, it was a service manual for the latest Holden car, then the buyer got himself a genuine bargain. In any case, I wish him much JOY of his purchase. Bearing in mind that Charlie dragooned a member at the auction into buying a catalogue of "​S.K.F. Ball Bearings",​ I am now in doubt about that book. If, indeed, it was a service manual for the latest Holden car, then the buyer got himself a genuine bargain. In any case, I wish him much JOY of his purchase.
  
 +=====One More Letter To The Editor.=====
 +
 +There is something stirring, something strange afoot occurring with each magazine, for instead of interesting articles concerning walks that we know are happening every weekend, there is always a letter to the Editor about some subject that has nothing to do with bushwalking,​ and here let me say that, although I find them never dull, for I admit there are lots and lots of subjects that I know nothing about and some subjects that I wouldn'​t want to know about, I find them intriguing to say the least; and one of the most intriguing statements made in the last few months was by "​Observer"​ on Dot Butler'​s half-century party, in particular the statement that the Queen of Sheba had hairy legs, and I have been waiting for the Bible experts to pounce on this snippet, but alas, nothing has appeared and so it behoves me to take up the matter.
 +
 +If you look up 1 KINGS X, 1-10, 13, it encompasses the entire story (although it is repeated verbatim later on in Chronicles IX, 1-9, 12) and nowhere does it state Sheba'​s hirsuteness. Search in vain the revised, unrevised, Catholic, Jewish Bibles and you are left with the Koran. And there I shall start. Technically Sura 27, 17-45, and I recommend all serious students to rush out and read it. The Arab commentaries give the queen'​s name as Bilkis which is possibly connected with the Hebrew "​pillegesh"​ meaning "​concubine"​. It seems evil genii trying to prevent King Solomon marrying such a hussy drew attention to her hairy legs. To check on this he had a palace built with a mirrored floor, and when their information proved correct he ordered them to bring forth a __depilatory__ (Nurah: a paste of unslaked lime and arsenic) to remove the hair, which proved she was a wicked genii herself, as the bodies of all evil ones have their bodies covered with hair. The commentaries go on about how he had previously stolen her throne and when she arrived in Jerusalem he tried to disguise it, etc... It goes on in this vein and is a pile of hogwash and I hope the Ayatollah Khomeni doesn'​t read this because I'm sure he won't fiddle around sueing me!
 +
 +But where do the Arab commentaries get their ideas from, you are surely asking, and I must breathlessly inform you, from the Midrash, which are Jewish commentaries,​ and so we go and search the Second Targum to Esther (Targum Sheni: 1,3) and here we find a very different story indeed. He wrote to her in Sheba asking her to come for a visit - "and if you don't, the demons will throttle you in your bed at night, while the beasts will slay you in the field and the birds will consume your flesh" - and obviously taken by such an invitation, she arrived at Jerusalem after many ridiculous adventures, with 6000 youths all dressed in-purple, all of whom had been born at the same hour, identical height and even looked alike. (Maybe she was from outer space with all her clones.) Anyway, she was taken to Solomon who had taken up residence for the audience in a palace of glass, its floor was so polished that it was shining like a mirror. In fact, its reflection created the illusion of water, and the Queen, imagining that he was sitting on his throne in a pool of water lifted the hem of her dress, thereby uncovering her legs. Solomon being an observant bod as well as being terribly undiplomatic and ungallant, on seeing her hairy legs remarked "Your beauty is that of a woman but your hair is that of a man. Hair adorns a man but disfigures a woman."​ Thus ends our interest in the story which then goes on to her testing King Solomon'​s wisdom with riddles and conundrums etc., such as "What comes from the earth like dust, is poured out like water, and lights the house?"​ ANSWER: Naptha.
 +
 +Let us conclude with the Bible account with its beautiful English. Yes, Virginia, God wrote in English. Solomon in return "gave the Queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked for" he gladly complied with. And all this "in addition to what he gave her of his royal bounty",​ which for the uneducated is the polite way for saying she left him pregnant. Thus farewell to the Queen of Sheba, who then left and went back to (a) Egypt. She being no other person than Queen Hatshepsut. (b) Arabia. At Aden you can see her Wells, and ancient Assyrian tablets tell of the Queens of Arabia. ( c ) Ceylon. She arrived with peacocks in Jerusalem. Wherever Sheba was it was a land "whose dust was more precious than gold and whose silver was like dirt in the streets. Its trees dated from the days of the creation and its waters came from Paradise"​.
 +
 +Hoping this is of interest to some of your readers.
 +
 +Owen Marks.
 +
 +=====Wollemi National Park.=====
 +
 +In December 1979 the Wollemi National Park was gazetted. The park includes the largest wilderness area in New South Wales, the Colo Wilderness. At the south-western edge of the park lies the Newnes Plateau, an elevated area which form the head catchment of a number of tributaries of the pristine Colo River. The Plateau is important not only as a buffer for the Colo Wilderness, but also in itself as a habitat for a number of rare plants and animal species.
 +
 +====Threats:​====
 +
 +__Coal Mine Development__:​ Bird's Rock Colliery, controlled by the Electricity Commission and others are planned for the Plateau.
 +
 +__Sand Quarrying__:​ Three quarries operate at present and more are likely.
 +
 +__Pine Plantations__:​ The Forestry Commission plans to increase the area planted on the Plateau.
  
-ONE MORE LETTER TO THE EDITOR. ​ 
-There is Something stirring, something strange afoot occurring with each magazine, for instead of interesting articles concerning walks that we know are happening every weekend, there is always a letter to the Editor 
-about some subject that has nothing to do with bushwalking,​ and here let me 
-say that, although I find than never dull, for I admit there are lots and 
-lots of subjects that I know nothing about and some subjects that I wouldn'​t 
-want to know about, I find them intriguing to say the least; and one of the most intriguing statements made in the last few months was by "​Observer"​ on " Dot Butler'​s half-century party, in particular the statement that the Queen of Sheba had hairy legs, and I have been waiting for the Bible experts to 
-pounce an this snippet, but alas, nothing has appeared and so it behoves me to take up the matter. 
- If you look up 1 KINGS X, 1-10, 13, it encompasses the entire story 
-(although it is repeated verbatim later on in Chronicles IX, 1-9, 12) and . 
-nowhere does it state Sheba'​s hirsuteness..-,​ . Search in vain the revised, 
-unrevised, Catholic, Jewish Bibles and you are left with the Koran. And there I shall Start. Technically Sura 27, 17-45, and I recommend all serious students to rush out and read it. The Arab commentaries give the queen'​s,​ 
-name as Bilkis which is possibly connected with the Hebrew "​pillegesh"​ meaning "​concubine"​. It seems evil genii trying to prevent King Solomon marrying such a hussy drew attention to her. hairy legs. To check on this he had a palace built with a mirrored floor, and when their information proved correct he ordered them to bring forth a depilatory (Tarah: a paste of unslaked lime and arsenic) to remove the hair, which proved she was_a_wipked genii herself, as the bodies of all evil ones have their bodies covered with hair. The commentaries go on about how he had previously stolen her throne .40_7hen 
-she arrived in Jerusalem he tried to disguise it, etc... It ,goes on in this vein and is a pile of hogwash and I hope the Ayatollah Khomeni doesn'​t read this because I'm sure he won't fiddle around sueing met 
-But where do the Arab commentaries get their ideas from; you are surely 
-asking, and I must breathlessly inform you, from the Midrash, which are Jewish 
-commentaries,​ and so we go and search the Second Targum to Esther (Targum Sheni: 1,3) and here we find a very different story indeed. He wrote to her in Sheba asking her to come for a visit - "and if you don't, the demons will throttle you in your bed at night, while the beasts will slay._you in the field and the birds will consume your flesh" - and obviously taken by such an invitation, she arrived at Jerusalem after many ridiculous adventures, with 6000 youths all dressed in-purple, all of whom had been born, at the same hour, identical height and even looked alike. (Maybe she was from outer space with all her clones.) Anyway, she was taken to Solomon who had taken up residence for the audience in a palace of glass, its floor was so polished that it was shining like a mirror. In fact, its reflection created the illusion of water, and the Queen, imagining that-he was sitting on his throne in a:pool of-water lifted the hem of her dress, thereby uncovering her legs. Solomon being an observant bod as well as being terribly undiplomatic and ungallant, on seeing her hairy legs remarked "Your beauty is that Of a woman but your hair is that of a man... Hair adorns a man but disfigures a woman."​ Thus ends our interest in the story which then goes on to her testing King Solomon'​s wisdom with 
-riddles and conundrums etc., such as "What comes fromthe-eaitli like dust, is 
-poured out like water, and lights the house?"​ ANSWER: Naptha. 
-Page 14 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER November,​ 1981: 
-Let us conclude with the Bible account with its beautiful. English. 
-Yes, Virginia, God wrote in English. Solomon in return "gave the Queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked for" he gladly complied with. And 
-all this "in addition to what he gave her of his royal bounty",​ which for t4, uneducated is the polite way for saying She left him pregnant. Thus farewell to the Queen of Sheba, who then left and went back to (a) Egypt. She. being' 
-nn other person than Queen Hatshepsut. (b). Arabia. At Aden you can see 
-her Wells, and ancient Assyrian tablets tell of the Queens of Arabia. (c) Ceylon. She arrived with peacocks in Jerusalem. Wherever Sheba was it was a land "whose dust was more precious than gold and whose silver was 
-like dirt in the streets. Its trees dated from the days of the creation and 
-its waters came from Paradise"​. 
-Hoping this is of interest to some of your readers. OWEN MARKS. 
-* * * * * * * * * * * 
-MUM: NATIONAL PARK.  
-In December 1979 the Woliemi National Park was gazetted. The park includes the largest wilderness area in New South Wales, the Colo Wilderness At the south-western edge of the park lies the Newnes Plateau, an elevated area which forth the head catchment of a number of tributaries of the pristine Odle River. The Plateau is important not only as a buffer for.the Colo Wilderness, but also in itself as a habitat for a number of rare plants and animal species. 
-THREATS: Coal Mine Development:​ Bird4s Rock Colliery, controlled by the Electricity Commission and others are planned for the Plateau. 
-Sand Quarrying: Three quarries operate at present and more are likely. Pine.Plantatians:​ The Forestry Commission plans to increase the area planted on the Plateau. 
 Infrastructure for these developments include a railway, line, roads and power lines. Infrastructure for these developments include a railway, line, roads and power lines.
 +
 All these developments have the potential to seriously threaten the integrity of the Colo Wilderness. Sand and coal mining operations have already led to the pollution of Wollangambe Creek. The developments threaten the Colo River itself. All these developments have the potential to seriously threaten the integrity of the Colo Wilderness. Sand and coal mining operations have already led to the pollution of Wollangambe Creek. The developments threaten the Colo River itself.
-WHAT SHOULD BE DONE: 
-A land use plan for the Newnes Plateau shauld be drawn up to lay down . guidelines for development. This can be done under the Environmental Planp.ing and Assessment Act. The National Parks and Wildlife Service, National Parks Association,​ Total Environment Centre and Federation of Bushwalking Clubs ife, t'heir submissions to the Bird's Rock Colliery have all called for a 
-4egiona1 Plan. A public inquiry is to be held into the Colliery itself. 
-PLEASE WRITE to the Minister for Planning and Environment requesting that he direct that a REGIONAL PLAN FOR ITEMS PLATEAU be drawn up prior to approval of any development on the Newnes Plateau. 
-ROGER IIMBIT. Conservation Director, Feberation of Bushwalking Clubs N.S.V. 
-ALL S.B.17. MEMBERS are urged to make similar representations. 
-X.XXXXX**XX*XXXX 
  
 +====What Should Be Done:====
 +
 +A land use plan for the Newnes Plateau should be drawn up to lay down guidelines for development. This can be done under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The National Parks and Wildlife Service, National Parks Association,​ Total Environment Centre and Federation of Bushwalking Clubs in their submissions to the Bird's Rock Colliery have all called for a Regiona1 Plan. A public inquiry is to be held into the Colliery itself.
 +
 +__Please write__ to the Minister for Planning and Environment requesting that he direct that a __Regional Plan for Newnes Plateau__ be drawn up prior to approval of any development on the Newnes Plateau.
 +
 +Roger Iembit. Conservation Director, Federation of Bushwalking Clubs N.S.W.
 +
 +__All S.B.W. Members__ are urged to make similar representations.
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