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Walk the Wolli Valley on Sunday 21st October, 2018


Starting at 8 am, on Sunday 21st October there will be a guided walk along the full length of the Wolli Creek Valley section of the Two Valley Trail (TVT) .   The walk will start at Tempe, and conclude at Bexley North (at around 1.30 pm). In total, the walk will be close to 5 kms.   Along the way you will learn about the history of the Valley, and its natural environment. For those who prefer a shorter walk, you may finish at either Turrella or Bardwell Park Stations.   The walk is free to Wolli Creek Preservation Society members. Membership ($10 pa for an individual & $15 for a family/household) can be obtained ahead of the walk - see  http://www.wollicreek.org.au/about_us/support_us   Numbers are limited, and registration is essential.  To register, email info@wollicreek.org.au Further details about the walk, and where to meet for the start of the walk will be provided upon registration.   Walkers along a section of the Wolli Valley TVT....

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Wolli Wildflower Walk – Sunday 26th August, 2018


Wolli Wildflower Walk – Sunday 26th August,  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 (plant) informative walk from Girrahween Park to Turrella Reserve on Sunday 26th August, just before "official spring". This will be an introductory walk, so no prior botanic knowledge is needed. 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.  This walk is for members of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society, and bookings are required. If you are not currently a member, you can join the WCPS ahead of the walk. Go to http://www.wollicreek.org.au/about_us/support_us To register for the walk email info@wollicreek.org.au  More details will be sent to participants following registration. Below - some of the wildflowers we should see on the walk...

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Annual Dinner Friday 19 October 2018 BOOKINGS NOW OPEN


Our 31st Annual Dinner will be at the Scots Club again this year, at 29 Burrows St. Arncliffe, right near Arncliffe railway station. Dr Stephen Gapps, author of The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the Early Colony 1788- 1817, and curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum, has very kindly agreed to be our guest for the evening. Stephen is a hugely engaging speaker, and some of you may have heard him in the media relating the fascinating and yet largely unknown history of the military conflict between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians around the Sydney region in the early days of the colony. He will also talk about the Wolli Creek and Cooks River region at the time of white settlement. Stephen will have copies of his book for sale on the evening, and will be happy to take questions and sign your copy! There will be the usual multi-prize raffle, and the quiz. Any donations, especially home-made or home-grown items would be appreciated. Please contact us at info@wollicreek.org.au. The dinner will start from 6 pm onwards, with pre-dinner drinks available from the cash bar. For bookings there are two main options: By credit card through Eventbrite. With this option the cost is $60.00 and includes...

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Fungal field study day in the Wolli Valley on Saturday 7th July


The Sydney Fungal Studies Group (SFSGI) www.sydneyfungalstudies.org.au/ and WCPS are again collaborating on a fungal field study in the Wolli Creek Valley on Saturday 7th July.    Meeting time: 9.50 am    Location:  the picnic tables (near the toilets) at Girrahween Park, Earlwood.   Participants will need to sign in, and receive a safety briefing, so need to arrive on time. The field study will commence promptly at 10 am. Experienced and licensed members of the SFSG will lead the search for specimens. There will be a lunch period from approx. 12 to 12.30, followed by identification of specimens until approx 2 pm. For the foray, please wear sturdy shoes. A hat and water are also advisable. It will help with collecting if you are able to bring some plastic containers such as those used for food packaging and take-away food, or plastic containers with divisions (eg those used for fishing or hardware items). A basket is also useful to contain these. You may join us just for the collecting part from 9.50 am till about 12 pm, or stay for longer to listen in on the discussions around the specimens, and to ask questions. If staying for longer, please bring some lunch and a drink...

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Walk the wonderful Wolli Valley on Sunday 22nd July, 2018


Would you like to explore the Wolli Creek Valley on foot? Then you might enjoy one of our longer walks.   Join us for an invigorating Sunday morning walk this winter, and find out more. The walk will traverse the Wolli Creek section of the Two Valley Trail (TVT) (omitting Cooks River); in total about 5km.  Along the way you can learn about the history of the Valley and its natural environment.   We will start from Tempe at 8 am sharp, and finish near Bexley North Station about lunch time, depending on the party.  Those who prefer a shorter walk may finish at either Turrella or Bardwell Park Stations.   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, and for more information about these walks, go to http://www.wollicreek.org.au/about_us/support_us   More details about the walk, and where to meet will be provided upon registration.   [caption id="attachment_2058" align="aligncenter"...

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A winter walk in the Wolli Valley on Sunday 3rd June – bookings now open


Would you like to explore part of the Wolli Creek Valley? Then join us for an enjoyable, leisurely Sunday morning bush walk in a remarkable natural part of Sydney's inner south west, and find out more. On Sunday 3 June we will walk from near Bexley Rd, Bexley North,  to Turrella. We will be starting at 9am sharp.   This walk will traverse a part of the Two Valley Trail (TVT), which in its entirety is a 13 km walk along the Wolli Creek and Cooks River Valleys.   Your walk leaders will share their knowledge of this bushland, its cultural and environmental history,  as well as information about the current issues facing the Wolli Valley and the bush regeneration (Bushcare) work the Society is undertaking.     Registration is essential. 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 and there is always keen interest, preference will be given to those who have joined WCPS 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, and further walk information...

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Fungal Field study day in the Wolli Valley, Saturday 7th April, 2018


The Sydney Fungal Studies Group (SFSGI) www.sydneyfungalstudies.org.au/ and WCPS are again collaborating on a fungal field study in the Wolli Creek Valley on Saturday 7th April.  Meeting time: 9.50 am  Location:  the picnic tables (near the toilets) at Girrahween Park, Earlwood.   Participants will need to sign in, and receive a safety briefing, so need to arrive on time. The field study will commence promptly at 10 am. Experienced and licensed members of the SFSG will lead the search for specimens. There will be a lunch period from approx. 12 to 12.30, followed by identification of specimens until approx 2 pm.   For the foray, please wear sturdy shoes. A hat and water are also advisable. It will help with collecting if you are able to bring some plastic containers such as those used for food packaging and take-away food, or plastic containers with divisions (eg those used for fishing or hardware items). A basket is also useful to contain these. You may join us just for the collecting part from 9.50 am till about 12 pm, or stay for longer to listen in on the discussions around the specimens, and to ask questions. If staying for longer, please bring some lunch and a drink...

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Autumn and Winter Walks in the Wolli Valley – Sunday 8th April (NOTE: Now full) and Sunday 3rd June


Would you like to explore part of the Wolli Creek Valley? Then join us for a leisurely Sunday morning bush walk in a remarkable natural part of Sydney's inner south west, and find out more. We are running two guided walks during the cooler months. 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. Your walk leaders will share their knowledge of this bushland, its cultural and environmental history,  as well as information about the current issues facing the Wolli Valley and the bush regeneration (Bushcare) work the Society is undertaking   On Sunday 8 April, volunteers from the Society will accompany you on a Wolli Creek Valley section, from Bardwell Park to Tempe, starting at 9 am sharp, and finishing at Waterworth Park around 12 noon PLEASE NOTE:  The Sunday April 8 walk is now booked out. Further guided walks are planned for Sunday June 3 (see below), as well as Sunday July 22 and Sunday October 21. The July and October walks will be full Valley walks from Bexley North through to Tempe. More information will be posted about these walks closer to the dates.   On Sunday...

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Upcoming Kayak trip – Wolli from creek to crest, Saturday 31st March, 2018 – Note: trip now booked out


PLEASE NOTE: This trip on the 31st March is now booked out. However, further trips are scheduled in the spring months of 2018. Keep an eye on our website for dates as they posted. If you would like to be put on a contact list to receive information once dates have been determined, please email us at our contact address shown below. General information provided below will apply for future trips. 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...

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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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