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Sydney Water trashes Wolli bushland


On June 8 a WCPS volunteer Bushcare team was horrified to find that  bushland at the Bexley North end of the Wolli Creek Valley had been cleared by a Sydney Water contractor. Many native trees and shrubs have been cut down, native grasses and other ground covers severely whipper snipped, ferns and orchids crushed, and the branches of cut vegetation piled on top of other native plants.   WCPS has issued a press release which can be viewed here   A series of annotated photos can be viewed here    ...

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OCU put on hold


There has been a dramatic development in relation to Sydney Water’s Proposed Odour Control Unit in the Wolli Creek Valley. After a frequently extended consultation period and further review, Sydney Water had narrowed the choice down to three options (see the February Wolli Creek Update) with the choice between the three to be further informed via a workshop with stakeholders on March 24.   But on 23 March we were informed that the workshop had been cancelled and the whole project ‘put on hold' on technical grounds. New information means that an extra element will be needed at the OCU and the Unwin St sites are space constrained and probably can’t fit it in without a cost blow-out.   It also seems that without the delays occasioned by WCPS arguments, counterproposals, and questions, backed by the support of the 5,000 signatories on our petition, the OCU might have been built by now, only to be found ‘not fit for purpose’ with all sorts of costly consequences.Anyway, this is a sort of success, but one qualified by a recognition that the odour and corrosion problems the OCU was to solve still exist and that, in principle at least, the OCU has not completely...

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March 2022 Bat Watch Picnic postponed to 2023


Unfortunately, while we had hopes of organising a bat watch picnic this year during Australian Bat Month, we have made the decision to postpone it to March 2023.  If you would like to volunteer to help with activities and other things we do at the picnic, we'd love to hear for you.  Email us at bats@wollicreek.org.au...

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WCPS Nov. AGM guest speaker


was Dr Joanna Haddock. Joanna spoke about her PhD research work which looked at the effects of various types of artificial lighting on various types of micro-bats. Joanna also gave us a great introduction to micro-bats, including which species have been found in the Wolli Creek Valley. Pleasing to know that 6 species were recorded as part of her research work. These species of bat are in addition to the better-known Grey-Headed Flying-foxes, (often described as mega-bats) which have roosted in the Wolli Creek Valley since 2007.    To watch the talk Joanna gave at the AGM, go to https://youtu.be/2LUSYqib1PE  ...

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OCU Petition tops 5,000; now closing


We reached our 5,000th signature on Sunday 14/11.21. The petition will be taken down this week as we are about to enter a new phase of the OCU process. Our thanks go to all those who have signed to oppose the OCU location proposed by Sydney Water.   We promptly wrote to the Minister to report the 5,000 and pointed out that they are almost all of them Sydney Water customers. See the WCPS Letter to Pavey 211115 re the 5,000 signatures....

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OCU information for Residents


Sydney Water recently distributed a leaflet about the Odour Control Unit to some residents in the Unwin St area and along Bayview Avenue. WCPS found the information provided unsatisfactory and distributed a leaflet of its own. You can read both at Sydney Water leaflet and WCPS leaflet....

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Watch this inspiring slide show of the Wolli Creek Valley


During these difficult times in Sydney with a Covid lockdown limiting our ability to go far from home, contact with nature is something that can help us get through the stress and isolation. So the Wolli Creek Regional Park has become an even more important area for the many residents who are lucky to live in its catchment. This great slideshow from Dave Noble showcases the natural wonder of the Wolli Valley Wolli Creek Regional Park Slide Show 4KYouTube · David Noble We hope you enjoy it.  ...

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OCU Latest (Sept. 30, 2021)


Petition now at 4,811. Our final target is 5,000. To join the final push, go to https://www.nature.org.au/get-involved/take-action/save-wolli-creek-regional-park/   Sydney Water is now claiming that they have a new option that ‘alleviates all the concerns that have been raised’. But they have failed to disclose what and where their new option is and what and whose concerns are being ‘alleviated’. Nor have they been prepared to discuss what criteria they intend to use in the assessment (they’ve basically ignored the ones that we have proposed) or why the fresh assessment process proposed is different from the one that led to their original poor choice of location.   We were seeing little encouragement to continue with a good faith engagement with the process as currently proposed and told them so (Sept 5). They regretted that, so (Sept 10), we suggested three things they could do to restore some confidence: Engage all accepted stakeholders in discussions now, rather than trying to deal with all issues in a single workshop Provide some answers to our questions about the criteria to be used Give a broad outline of what their new proposal is and how it  ‘alleviates’concerns.     Sydney Water has suspended communication, failing to respond or even...

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OCU News (Sept.16, 2021)


The petition has now reached 4,780 signatures, and there is new action to take. See NEW ACTION below WCPS has developed a new proposal re the OCU (OptionW)  This is set out here in a letter and main attachment to the Minister for Water and a subsequent media release For the other attachments referred to see Sydney Water’s site comparison WCPS Comments on site comparison Spreadsheet of rankings  Our Option W meets WCPS concerns and overcomes those that Sydney Water has told us about. The relative advantages of the SW option A and the WCPS option W are set out in Relative Advantages of A and W Sydney Water is to include Option W in a new Multi-criteria Analysis of potential sites and involve WCPS in the MSA process. We have already sent in proposed criteria to be used in the MCA and weightings to be given them. NEW ACTION  Here is how you can show Sydney Water your support for Option W, see the Imfor guide...

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Wolli Creek Valley Winter walks


 WOLLI CREEK VALLEY WINTER WALKS - Cancelled Please note our July and August walks have been cancelled due to the NSW Gov't Covid 19 Stay at Home orders.    Sunday July 4th:  9 am - 12 noon - Bexley North to Turrella - CANCELLED This will be a leisurely Sunday morning bush walk from Bexley North to Turrella Reserve along the Wolli Creek Valley Walking Track. We will be starting at 9am sharp. This is a 3.5km walk designed for those who would like to see the Wolli Creek Valley at a leisurely pace. The 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.  Bookings are essential. This walk is free to Wolli Creek Society members (Membership is $10 pa for an individual & $15 for a family/household.) For non-members the cost is $10.00 per person. Numbers are limited and preference will be given to members. To register for...

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OCU petition delivered – 4000+ signatories.


Minister failed to respond to invitation to receive it in person on 13 May. Local MLAs accepted it and undertook to present to Minister. A glitch with the printout gave us 5,300 names, but with many multiples. With these removed 4,018. Currently 4061. We did performances of placard routine for 30 mins while this was going on. Video of rehearsal here. More images later....

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Wolli Creek Valley Autumn Walks


SATURDAY 29 MAY 8:00am – 12:30pm  Bexley North to Tempe  (Ute and Maggie) This will be a 5km walk from Bexley North to Tempe via the Wolli Creek Valley Walking Track. The walk will showcase some of the best bushland in the local area, highlighting sandstone cliffs, tall gum trees and birdlife. This is a medium-hard grade 5km walk with some sections of the trail covering uneven ground. Bookings are required and all children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings are essential. This walk is free to Wolli Creek Preservation Society members. (Membership is $10 pa for an individual and $15 for a family/household.) For non-members the cost is $10 per person. Numbers are limited and preference will be given to members. To register for this walk, 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 will be provided upon registration. SUNDAY 20 June 9 – 12 noon – Bexley North to Turrella (Gina and Deb) This will be a leisurely Sunday morning bush walk from Bexley North to Turrella Reserve along the Wolli Creek Valley Walking Track. We will be starting at 9am sharp. This is...

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OCU: volunteers needed


for street display rehearsal on Sat May 1. 30 mins of your time to make sure it will work. Contact info@wollicreek.org.au to get details. Commitment to display day itself sought separately....

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Petition hits 4,000!


Signatures at 25/4/21 stand at 4,003. A measure of just how widely this seemingly local issue has support. Thanks to all who have signed and worked to spread the message....

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OCU Campaign Update


OCU page and campaign Timeline updated. Links are http://www.wollicreek.org.au/wolli_valley/other-issues and http://www.wollicreek.org.au/wp-content/wolliupload/Timeline-for-web210401.pdf. (Links to Heritage Order application and recent letters to Ministers noted in Timeline can be found via OCU page, at bottom)....

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Wolli Creek Valley Autumn Walks


SUNDAY 25 APRIL 9am - 12.30 Bardwell Park to Tempe (Laura and Sarah) This will be a leisurely Saturday morning bush walk from Bardwell Park to Tempe along the Wolli Creek Valley Walking Track. We will be starting at 9am sharp. This is a 3.5km walk designed for those who would like to see the Wolli Creek Valley at a leisurely pace. 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. Bookings are essential. This walk is free to Wolli Creek Preservation Society members. (Membership is $10 pa for an individual and $15 for a family/household.) For non-members the cost is $10 per person. Numbers are limited and preference will be given to members. To register for this walk, 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 will be provided upon registration. SUNDAY 29...

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Planting Day 18 April


We are seeking volunteers to help with our planting day on Sunday 18 April from 9.30am to 11.30am. This is a one off event as we have received a grant that includes funds to extend the planting area at Illoura Reserve where a previous planting day was held some years ago. Our bushcarers have continued to maintain this area and now we want to extend it. Come along and help us plant seedlings, to build on this previous planting day. Please bring your own gloves, drinking water and suitable clothing (long sleeve shirts and trousers, sturdy shoes and sun protection).  Morning tea will be provided but please bring your own mug! Children are welcome and must be supervised. They might like to bring a small watering can to help us water the seedlings that are planted.  We will meet at the end of Johnston Street Earlwood at 9.30am. It's a 10 minute walk from Bexley North Station. RSVP is essential. Numbers are limited so we need a firm commitment to attend. Please rsvp by 11 April to info@wollicreek.org.au with your name and who will be attending with you and if they are children please let us know. If you would like to help with preparing...

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Inner West Council supports Wolli Creek Regional Park


Last night (9 March) Inner West Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of our call for the Minister for Water to review Sydney Water's proposed location for its Odour Control Unit. See the InnerWest Council motion....

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Petition over 3,600; WCPS draws inconsistency of SEPP principles and OCU to attention of Ministers


For the inconsistencies see previous post. Letters to the Minster for Water and the Minister for Public Places drawing attention to them are at 210307 ltr to Pavey and 210307 ltr to Stokes....

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3,500 and rising. OCU breaches SEPP Principles


Petition signatures passed 3,500 this morning, 3 March. Planning Minister Stokes has issued a draft SEPP with five principles to guide planning of public places - the OCU breaches 4 of them and probably 5 if no. 5 could be understood. For more see 210307 SEPP and OCU v3....

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