Errol Parker | Journalist | [email protected]
A catastrophic rockslide has claimed one of the iconic Three Sisters this afternoon as crews scramble to secure the scene.
The biggest Sister succumbed to gravity at 1:37pm EDST and has since come to rest on the valley floor.
Police and fire teams have confirmed that nobody has been killed or injured in the disaster but as a precaution, the National Parks authority has closed the park.
The collapse comes as rangers raised concerns over the growing rate of erosion on the southern side.
Prime minister Tony Abbott was quick to blame the disaster on global warming, climate change and Islam.
“The big three issues facing Australians today have been brought back in to the spotlight,” says Mr Abbott.
“We won’t be sitting idly by and let these Islamo-eco-terrorists threaten our way of life.”
NSW Premier Mike Baird says that while it’s sad to see one of them fall, it’s nature.
“It’s a real privilege to see something like that in your life time,” says premier Baird.
“It’s sad, but exciting.”
Katoomba residents have expressed their sadness and grief over losing not only one of their favourite landmarks, but also one of their biggest cash cows.
“I don’t know what to do,” says the owner of Three Sisters Cafe & Grille, Jane Watford.
“I’m going to have to change the name of my business,” says Mrs Watford.
“I’d rather end it all than deal with ASIC again.”