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Wolli Wildflower Walk – Sunday 3rd September, from 8.45 am


Ever wondered what that lovely flowering plant was that you saw on your walk through the Wolli Valley - or another Sydney bushland area? Then come along to this leisurely and informative walk from Girrahween Park to Turrella Reserve on Sunday 3rd September, in the first weekend of "official spring".   We will be starting at 8.45 am and finishing around 11/11.30 am. It's a one way walk, but Turrella railway station is close to the end of the walk.   The walk is for members of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society, and bookings are required. You can join the WCPS ahead of the walk. Go to http://www.wollicreek.org.au/about_us/support_us and to register, email info@wollicreek.org.au   More details will be sent to participants following registration.    ...

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Winter Walks program in the Wolli Valley – next walk – Sunday 27/8 – Would you like to explore part of the Wolli Creek Valley? Then join us for a Sunday morning walk


Have you heard about this wonderful stretch of bushland in the inner south west? Do you know much about it? Join us for a relaxed Sunday morning walk on the 27th August and find out more. The walk will traverse part of the Two Valley Trail (TVT), which in its entirety is a 13 km walk along the Wolli Creek and Cooks River Valleys.   This second walk in our winter walk program on Sunday 27th August will be from Bexley North to Turrella. It will start at 9 am sharp, and finish around 12 noon.   Registration is essential, and bookings are now being taken for this walk. The walk is free to Wolli Creek Society members (Membership is $10 pa for an individual & $15 for a family/household. By arrangement, you can join on the day, however as numbers are limited preference will be given to those who have joined ahead of the day). To register, email info@wollicreek.org.au   To join the Wolli Creek Preservation Society, go to http://www.wollicreek.org.au/about_us/support_us   Details about where to meet will be provided upon registration.     For more information about the walk see below: * The walk is readily accessible by public transport, and we encourage everyone to use it for the flexibility...

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Public Meeting re Priority Precinct – Monday July 17, 7 pm, CECAL hall, Lewins St. opp. Earlwood Coles carpark


WCPS is holding a public meeting to air and share concerns about the Government’s Turrella/Bardwell Park/Earlwood Priority Precinct proposal.   7pm Mon 17 July  at the CECAL (Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association Ltd.) hall in Lewins St. Earlwood, opposite the Earlwood COLES car park. For actions to take now see Actions to Take   Watch this space for an upcoming press release and follow protectwollicreekvalley and earlwood2206 on Facebook for ongoing news and discussion....

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Turrella/Bardwell Park/Earlwood declared a Priority Precinct


A June 1, 2017, a press release from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment identified  Turrella, Bardwell Park, and Earlwood as one of its 15 Priority Precincts for development. See these links to the Department's website for their opening statements on the 15 and the specifics of the covering our valley area:  http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/News/2017/New-priority-precincts   http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/News/2017/~/media/C74CDF1A80FE45B38C5733D069EDB41D.ashx   This has major implications for the Wolli Creek Regional Park (WCRP), because the areas designated for dominating high-rise and major population increases cover almost the whole of the Park area as this Composite Precinct Map  shows   To get involved in the issue, email to info@wollicreek.org.au.    ...

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Winter Walks program in the Wolli Valley – Sunday 25/6 & 27/8 – Would you like to explore part of the Wolli Creek Valley? Then join us for a Sunday morning walk


Have you heard about this wonderful stretch of bushland in the inner south west? Do you know much about it? Join us for a relaxed Sunday morning walk on one of two dates during the cooler months, and find out more. The walks will traverse part of the Two Valley Trail (TVT), which in its entirety is a 13 km walk along the Wolli Creek and Cooks River Valleys.   On Sunday 25th June, volunteers from the Wolli Creek Preservation Society will accompany you on a Wolli Creek Valley section of the TVT, from Bardwell Park to Tempe. and on Sunday 27 August we will walk from near Bexley Rd., Bexley North to Turrella.   The first walk on Sunday 25th June from Bardwell Park to Tempe will start at 9 am sharp and finish around 12 noon.   Registration is essential, and bookings are now being taken for this walk. The walk is free to Wolli Creek Society members (Membership is $10 pa for an individual & $15 for a family/household. By arrangement, you can join on the day, however as numbers are limited preference will be given to those who have joined ahead of the day). To register, email info@wollicreek.org.au  To join the Wolli Creek...

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Sunday May 21, 2017 – Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle for Nannygoat Hill


Volunteers needed Join the walk up Nanny Goat Hill dressed in 1960s vintage fashions to re-enact the 1967 resident protest. Contact us if you can help with - Walks to Nanny Goat Hill and surrounding area. - Waiting on our guests at the Turrella Teahouse. - Information, stories and a listening ear at the Yarn Spinners Tent. - Old style children’s games and activities. - Creating 1960s fashion items with the team from Reverse Garbage. Do you have any of the following we could borrow? Gazebos, chairs, tables, a large teapot. Have you any vintage items such as decorative cups and saucers, tablecloths and cake stands? Can you help with cooking 1960s style delicious home made cakes such as lamingtons, sponges, butterfly cupcakes and  Anzac bikkies? For more info., and to advise if you will be attending email info@wollicreek.org.au To view a video about this 1967 struggle to stop the destruction of Nannygoat Hill overlooking Turrella Reserve, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oA3KXg519I...

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Walk the Wolli Valley Sunday April 9


If you have thought about walking the full length of Wolli Creek Valley bushland but never got around to it, here is an opportunity to do so in good company.  In the process you will learn about the interesting history and environment of the Valley.  We will climb Nannygoat Hil, and briefly stop at Jackson Place and other points of interest along the way.   We'll meet at the western end of the Valley, at Bexley Road, for the 5km walk through the bushland. There is a track all the way, but it is rocky and uneven in places, so you will need sturdy shoes.  We will finish at Wolli Bluff, which is just a short walk from Tempe Station, or you can exit earlier at Bardwell Park or Turrella Stations if need be.  So it's possible to use public transport, or you can arrange a car shuffle together by leaving a car at either end.   Meeting at 8 am, the walk will take about 4 and a half hours, so you will need to bring water and a decent snack.  A map and other materials will be provided.   For more information, and to book, please contact Ute Foster - fosteru44@gmail.com or 0424 646...

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Wolli ‘Bat Watch’ picnic is on again – Friday 10th March, 2017, Turrella Reserve


The popular 'Bat Watch' Picnic event is on again this year - Friday 10th March, 2017 at Turrella Reserve, Earlwood. Bring your kids, picnic food, drinks, rug, chairs, insect repellent etc.   Relax and enjoy the great urban 'David Attenborough' experience of watching thousands of Grey-headed Flying foxes flying out to feed for the night.   Kids' "batty" craft activities from 6.30 pm.   For more information contact bats@wollicreek.org.au (the event is sponsored by Wolli Creek Preservation Society, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Bayside Council, Canterbury-Bankstown Council, Sydney Trains, as part of activities in support of the Flying-fox camp at Turrella under a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust).   The picnic is one of many activities happening during Australasian Bat Month -see Australasian Bat Society: Home   See a video of last year's event here https://youtu.be/KefhGW8kxvQ Download the flyer for the event Bat Watch Picnic 10.03.17   Photo: Laura Zusters...

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Christmas presents for WCPS – Bexley North ‘Western Gateway’ bushland slated to be transferred from RMS by end Feb. 2017


Finally, some good news about the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)-owned bushland at the Bexley North end of the Valley (the 'Western Gateway' to the Two Valley Trail (TVT).   For more info. see our December 2016 press release...

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Press Release – ‘Western Gateway’ bushland: WCPS response to ALP’s move to have land transferred at Bexley North


In mid October 2016  the ALP announced it was intending to introduce legislation into the NSW Parliament to transfer land at Bexley North, currently still owned by the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), to the NPWS, to add to the Wolli Creek Regional Park.   Here is a link to the ALP's press release FOLEY Wolli Creek reserve   and here is a link to a press release in response, from WCPS  WCPS release...

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WCPS Annual Dinner, Friday October 21, St George Rowing Club Wolli Creek


We will be holding our 28th Annual Dinner on Friday October 21, at the St George Rowing Club in Wolli Creek. Cost is $50 per person. Buffet Dinner (vegetarians and gluten free options) Guest speaker is Bird Life Australia's Phil Straw, a shorebird expert who will tell us about the amazing journeys of some of the migratory  shorebirds that visit Australia. Bar opens at 6 pm. There will be the usual mega multi-prize raffle. For more info. and bookings, email info@wollicreek.org.au...

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Wolli bushland still under threat from New M5/Westconnex


On Sept. 7 (National Threatened Species Day!) and Sept. 8 2016, the Critically Endangered Cooks River Castlereagh Ironbark Forest bushland at Beverly Grove, Kingsgrove in the upper Wolli creek Valley was substantially destroyed for the New M5. Now, on top of that destruction, it has come to light that despite Roads Minister Duncan Gay's assurances in his press release in June 2015 that the Wolli creek bushland would not be impacted by the New M5, the RMS owned bushland at Bexley North, where the Two Valley Trail starts is still being considered for "future transport needs". Read the Society's press release for more info. Can’t trust Gay on Wolli bushland...

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Wolli Wildflower walk Saturday 10th September


A short in length, but leisurely ramble along the Girrahween Park to Turrella Reserve section of the Two Valley Trail, looking at and identifying the many native wildflowers - groundcovers, vines, shrubs and trees - that will be in flower. This is a lovely time to be walking in the Wolli Valley, and if you have been wondering what that plant species is that looks and or smells so good, then this is a walk for you. Increase your knowledge of the wonderful sandstone flora of Sydney - and some other plant species. This is a one way walk finishing at Turrella Reserve. Start time is 9 am.   Please note, this is a members only walk, and bookings are essential.  Joining the Society is easy and inexpensive Download the brochure   To book email info@wollicreek.org.au or phone 9554 3176.           [caption id="attachment_2301" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Wonga Vine - Pandorea pandorana;  one of the lovely flowering vines to be found in the Wolli Valley"][/caption]    ...

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Bats and Plants walk – Saturday 3rd September, from 4 pm BOOKED OUT


A short one-way walk with a special focus on the Grey-headed Flying-foxes which roost in the Wolli Valley, and some of the plants that they rely on for food. Finish will be close to dusk. Stay on after the walk to watch the fly-out of thousands of Flying-foxes from their Wolli/Turrella camp. Starting point is at Girrahween Park, close to Bardwell Park railway station. Buses also stop close by in Earlwood. Return to starting point at Girrahween Park by train, get picked up at Turrella Reserve, or organise a car shuffle.   BOOKINGS essential  bats@wollicreek.org.au   PHONE 02 9554 3176         [caption id="attachment_3014" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Bats and Plants walk (2015) participants watch the start of the fly out from Dragon Rock"][/caption]      ...

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Walk the Wolli Valley on Sunday June 19th – a full (4.5 km) Valley walk from 8.30 to around 12.30


This is a leisurely guided walk down the Wolli Valley with historical and environmental commentary, and this time around, there will be a special focus on the various "battles" that the Valley has faced, and continues to face.   The walk will follow the marked TVT route, starting at Bexley North at 8.30 am and finishing at Undercliffe around 12.30 pm, overlooking Waterworth Park.   If you have never done the full valley walk this is an opportunity not to be missed, as these longer walks are only conducted on an infrequent basis.   Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential. This walk will be free, but preference will be given to WCPS members.   To register, please email info@wollicreek.org.au       [caption id="attachment_2058" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Ascending Nannygoat Hill"][/caption]    ...

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Social ‘Bat Watch’ – watch the bats fly out – picnic; Turrella Reserve, 11th March


Come and join us celebrate Australasian Bat Month Australasian Bat Society: Home with our third annual 'Bat Watch' event down in Turrella Reserve, Earlwood. This is a fun family/child friendly event. All welcome. From 6.30 pm until dark when the Flying-foxes finish their fly out  - exit - from their camp.  Enter via Finlays Ave. Earlwood, or Henderson St. Turrella (very close to Turrella station) Bring a picnic dinner,and don't forget the insect repellant (the mozzies also love us). There will be great batty craft again.   For a preview of the event see this video of last year's event at the same location https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FipoHteOzME   Download the flyer here Bat Watch March 11 2016 flyerlogor   Thanks to Diego Breuer for this fantastic photo taken near the Turrella camp...

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Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday March 6th


Come and join us at our site in the Wolli Valley  for a productive, energetic experience.   Clean Australia Day on Sunday March 6th, is a National event and WCPS will again be taking part.   We have registered a site in the Wolli Creek Regional Park and we are looking forward to having as many many volunteers as possible to help us make the bushland look even better.   The site is at Wolli Bluff in the far eastern end of the Valley. Access is via the top end of Unwin St. in Undercliffe. Enter via Tempe St., off Bayview Ave. (NB if coming by car, you can't turn right from Bayview into Tempe St.). The site area has been a favourite dumping ground, but we hope with your support this year we will finally be able to remove all of the rubbish from it. What you need to bring: Sturdy shoes (no sandals or thongs), clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty, gardening gloves if you have them, a hat and sunscreen, and water if it's a hot day.   Children of school age and older are welcome to help, provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult.   Registration Online at  

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Upcoming kayak trip – Wolli Creek to Crest – Sunday 21st February


Join us on one of our popular kayak trips - 'Wolli from Creek to Crest' on Sunday February 21   Our kayak trips are run in partnership with the NSW River Canoe Club, whose club house is by the Cooks River at  Tempe.   Cost is $50 per trip (includes a light lunch, hire of kayaks or canoes, and commentary). Starting time will be 6.55 am for this trip (we need to have a good high tide, so starting times vary)   The whole event takes about 4 hours all up. It includes an introduction to kayaking for beginners, historical commentary on and from the creek, a tour of Turrella Reserve and its various environmental developments and issues, a look at the Grey-headed Flying-fox camp, a walk up Nannygoat Hill for a great view, plus a light lunch at the end of the trip.  The trip gives you a quite different and surprising view of Wolli creek. For a preview of the trip see this video Wolli -- creek to crest - YouTube Minimum age is 10 years (must be accompanied by an adult if under 18) For enquiries, and to register, contact info@wollicreek.org.au Book early to avoid disappointment.  

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New M5 EIS – submissions due Friday 29/1/16. Please make a submission


The WCPS  opposes the construction of the New M5/WestConnex. We encourage everyone who cares about our environment, the health of many people in our population who will be affected by the emissions stacks, the enormous disruption to people's lives, and the waste of  $18 billion+ of public money to make a submission too. Below is a short form submission that you can use - you can use it as is, or adapt it to suit your own concerns. You can either print out and mail the submission, or, go online and copy your words into the government’s website here:  http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=6788 You can make as many submissions as you like. The more the better – a lot of objections will be a real indicator of community discontent. The deadline for submissions is Friday the 29th January so do please swing into action as soon as you can! Let’s hope that together we can stop this tollroad. The community united has achieved this in the past. Submission on New M5 EIS   To read the submission from WCPS see New M5 EIS WCPS submission...

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The M5 part of WestCONnex is in the pipeline!


  Make a submission by Friday 31 July 2015, 5pm. On 17 July 2015, the RMS  lodged a referral under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act with the Australian Department of the Environment. The public has only 10 business days to read, digest and comment on this lengthy document. This is a very restrictive time frame which limits public responses.  Find the proposal (Ref. No.: 2015/7520) here. Both Federal and State environmental legislation require the environmental impacts of developments to be considered as part of the approval/decision-making process. This referral - to assess the impact on "matters of national environmental significance" (ie endangered ecological communities and threatened species) - is the first step to getting the “New M5” built. Wolli Creek Preservation Society (WCPS) is of the opinion that the content of the referral is inadequate and insufficient to justify the proposed destruction of the environment, or the waste of $15.4 billion of taxpayers' money. We have prepared a submission asking the Federal Minister for the Environment to reject the M5 proposal and to call a public inquiry. A short version of the WCPS submission is here for your use. Feel free to copy and paste any of the content into...

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