Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc v Director-General National Parks and Wildlife; the Minister for the Environment and AFG Talons Pty Ltd

EDO NSW successfully represented the Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc in its attempts to prevent filming of a war movie in the Grose Wilderness area of the Blue Mountains National Park in May 2004.

Justice Lloyd ruled that the proposed commercial filming of scenes for the war movie “Stealth” in the area was unlawful, in a significant statement on the value of wilderness areas and the protection that should be afforded to them.

The Society claimed that the authority and consent for the commercial filming activities were in breach of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and the Wilderness Act 1987. Justice Lloyd accepted the Society’s arguments that the proposed commercial filming in a wilderness area was completely antipathetic to the intended use of the land.

His Honour concluded his judgement with the words, “wilderness is sacrosanct”.

Judgment