Stamp of approval: Australia Post release features Cliefden Caves

THE FINISHED PRODUCT: Australia Post's stamp featuring Cliefden Caves.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT: Australia Post's stamp featuring Cliefden Caves.

The Save Cliefden Caves Association (SCCA) has welcomed Australia Post’s decision to release a new stamp collection featuring Cliefden Caves.

The cave system near Canowindra has been thrown into the spotlight by a proposed NSW Government dam on the Belubula River, which SCCA argues will threaten the caves.

SCCA secretary Harry Burkitt said the stamp was just recognition of both the caves’ beauty and importance.

“Cliefden is the most valuable cave system found outside of a National Park in NSW,” Mr Burkitt said.

“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 welcomes Australia Post’s decision to promote the heritage values of Cliefden Caves.”

IN THE POST: Australia Post has announced Cliefden Caves will appear on a new release of stamps. Photo: WESTERN ADVOCATE

IN THE POST: Australia Post has announced Cliefden Caves will appear on a new release of stamps. Photo: WESTERN ADVOCATE

Mr Burkitt used the release to argue the caves need to be preserved at all costs.

“Featuring Cliefden Caves on a stamp showcases that they are something that belongs to all of us,” he said.

“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?”

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