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Upcoming Kayak trip – Wolli from creek to crest on Saturday 31st March, 2018


Join us on one of our popular kayak trips - 'Wolli from Creek to Crest' on Saturday 31st March, 2018 Our kayak trips are run in partnership with the NSW River Canoe Club, whose club house is by the Cooks River at Tempe, close to Tempe station. Cost is $50 per person (this includes a light lunch, hire of kayaks or canoes, and commentary). Starting time will be 7.05 am for this trip (we need to have a good high tide, so starting times vary for each trip, and this one is an early start).  The whole event takes about 4 hours all up. It includes an introduction to kayaking for beginners, historical and environmental commentary on and from the creek, a tour of Turrella Reserve and its various environmental assets 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, back at the club house.  The trip gives you a quite different and surprising view of Wolli creek. For a preview of the trip see this video link https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wolli+creek+to+crest   Minimum age is 10 years (must be accompanied...

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Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 4th March, 2018; 9 am to approx 12 noon


This year we will be working to clear up litter from Paperbark Creek in Bray Avenue, Earlwood. Lots of rubbish gets washed from the road into the creek via the storm-water drain. This area is looking beautiful with all the bushcare work carried out, and we want to complement that hard work by removing the rubbish from along the small creek.   Meeting Place : Close to the TVT (Two Valley Trail) sign post, on the grassy area in Bray Ave, just across from Richards Ave in Earlwood;  9 am sharp.   What you need to bring:  Sturdy covered shoes (please, no sandals or thongs); clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty (long sleeves are good); gardening gloves if you have them; a hat and sunscreen; and water if it's a hot day.  Morning tea will be provided. Children of school age and older are welcome to help, provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult.   Registration:    It is essential to register, and preferably before the day as it helps us with morning tea provision. Online at  www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/register/Paperbark+Creek  , or you can contact our organiser.  Everyone working on site has to be registered. A hard copy register will also be available at the site on...

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Bat Watch Picnic – Friday 2nd March, 2018, Turrella Reserve, Earlwood


Join us for our annual Bat Watch Picnic held during Australasian Bat Month ausbats.org.au/australasian-bat-night/4581984807 This is a great family event, and an opportunity to see one of the great 'urban David Attenborough moments', as thousands of Grey-headed Flying-foxes stream out from their roosting camp beside Wolli creek. Learn more about these fascinating native mammals.   Where: Turrella Reserve, Earlwood   When:  Friday 2nd March, 2018; craft activities start from 6.30 pm, until dark (approx. 8 pm)   BYO picnic, rug, chair, insect repellent.     More info. from bats@wollicreek.org.au   Download the flyer here Bat Picnic 03 2018 flyer    ...

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BBQ and get together at Girrahween Park from 2 pm, Saturday 11th February, 2018


Join us for a social get-together to welcome in the new year and get to know some of your fellow members. If you’re not a member, no problem - join up on the day. The more the merrier - we’d love to see you there and please feel free to bring along a friend. BYO something for the barbie, a drink of choice and perhaps a plate to share. Bring the kids – we’ll have games and craft in the park. Guided walks of the area are also planned. See the attached flyer for further details BBQ Sat 12 Feb...

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Upcoming Kayak trip – Wolli from creek to crest – on Saturday 3rd February, 2018 – now booked out


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS KAYAK TRIP ON THIS SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY IS NOW BOOKED HOW. HOWEVER, DON'T BE DISAPPOINTED, ANOTHER TRIP IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY THE 31ST MARCH. MORE INFO. ABOUT THIS TRIP WILL BE POSTED SOON Join us on one of our popular kayak trips - 'Wolli from Creek to Crest' on Saturday 3rd February, 2018 Our kayak trips are run in partnership with the NSW River Canoe Club, whose club house is by the Cooks River at Tempe. close to Tempe station. Cost is $50 per person (this includes a light lunch, hire of kayaks or canoes, and commentary). Starting time will be 9.15 am for this trip (we need to have a good high tide, so starting times vary for each trip)   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 assets 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, back at the club house....

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Upcoming kayak trip – Wolli from Creek to Crest – on Saturday 18th November – now booked out


Please note this trip has now been booked out, however if you would like to be put on a list to receive notice of any upcoming trips, contact us at the email address below. Further trips will be scheduled for 2018. Join us on one of our popular kayak trips - 'Wolli from Creek to Crest' on Saturday 18th November. 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 (this includes a light lunch, hire of kayaks or canoes, and commentary). Starting time will be 7 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 assets 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, back at the club house.  The trip gives you a quite different and...

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Next Wolli Creek Valley bushland walk is on Sunday 12th November


Have you heard about this wonderful stretch of bushland in the inner south west? Do you know much about it? Would you like to explore a part of the Wolli Creek Valley with a guide?   Join us for a relaxed Sunday morning walk 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.   On Sunday 12 th November, volunteers from the Wolli Creek Preservation Society will accompany you on a Wolli Creek Valley section of the TVT, from Bardwell Park to Tempe.   The walk will start at 8.30am sharp, and finish around 11.30am.   Registration is essential, and bookings are now being taken. The walk is free to Wolli Creek Preservation 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 tohttp://www.wollicreek.org.au/about_us/support_us   Details about where to meet will be provided upon registration. More information about the walk: * The walk is readily accessible by public transport, and...

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30th Annual Dinner now on Friday 3rd November 2017 at our new venue – Scots Club in Arncliffe


Our 30th Annual Dinner, will be on at the Scots Club this year, at 29 Burrows St. Arncliffe, right near Arncliffe railway station.   Our guest speaker this year will be Dr Lizzy Lowe, who will talk about 'Spiders in back gardens: Why we need them and how we can encourage them'. Lizzy is a postdoctoral fellow studying the impact of urbanisation on spiders. She has extensive knowledge of spider ecology and biology, and is passionate about the conservation of beneficial spider species. Most of her work has taken place in the Sydney region, and she has studied sites from inner-city backyards to NSW National Parks, and even our own Wolli Valley.   For background on Lizzy see her website lizzylowe.net  and her Twitter account @LizyLowe   Further info also here  https://theconversation.com/profiles/lizzy-lowe-92423/articles   There will be the usual multi-prize raffle, and the quiz.   The dinner will start from 6 pm onwards, with pre-dinner drinks available from the cash bar.   The cost will remain at $50 per person. Payment by direct deposit to BSB 032067 Acc 288295. Please make sure you include your surname and “ADin” as identifier, and also please send an email to info@wollicreek.org.au so that we are alerted to the deposit. Send cheques to Treasurer WCPS...

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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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