The Newnes Plateau Conservation Reserve was donated to AEFI in April 2007 by Xstrata Coal, who previously managed the land. All mining operations were conducted underground, leaving the bushland above relatively intact.
The Newnes Plateau Conservation Reserve now has the potential to be a shining example for native fauna conservation in the Blue Mountains area. At 175 ha (420 acre), the reserve borders Secret Creek Sanctuary ensuring that AEFI is able to manage within several different catchments at the southern end of the Newnes Plateau.
AEFI has conducted flora and fauna surveys within the reserve to confirm the presence of several native fauna species such as Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, Blue Mountains Water Skink and Squirrel Glider. Many native species have not been seen since the devastating Lithgow fires of 1997 and the subsequent invasion by introduced predators. With a regional landscape view, AEFI has developed partnerships to assist in reducing the threats to our endanged animal species across nearly 40,000 ha (96,000 acre) of Blue Mountains bushland.