Wolli Creek Preservation Society



Wolli Creek Preservation Society

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The Wolli Creek Preservation Society is a wholly voluntary group and relies on the donations and annual fees of its members. Many dedicated people give generously of their time to help look after the Wolli Creek Valley.

Members actively encourage community use of the Valley and conduct environmental walks and education activities for schools and the general community. We organise bush regeneration activities, kayaking trips and monthly bat counting and bird surveys. We also arrange talks for members and the public and give presentations to other community groups.

See what activities and events are coming up in our calendar or get information on what’s new.

You can also contact us or find out how to support us.

The future of the bushland in the Wolli Creek Valley is still not secure. Learn more about the issues affecting the bush.

The Society works hard to attract considerable grant funding for restoration projects and has won several awards.

The Wolli Creek Preservation Society aims to ensure the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Wolli Creek Valley, its tributaries, associated corridors and their ecological communities, and the ecologically sensitive restoration, expansion and maintenance of these areas.The Wolli Creek Preservation Society acknowledges that Wolli Creek flows through the cultural landscape of the Gadigal people.To achieve its aim the Wolli Creek Preservation Society will seek to:

involve the community through the provision of information, education and other activities related to the Valley and environmental issues
carry out conservation and restoration programs and related activities
develop programs to increase community awareness of the importance of sustainable, whole-of-catchment practices that have a positive impact on bushland, water quality and ecological communities
promote and support passive recreation, education and research, both scientific and social, within the Wolli Creek catchment
advocate for policy, development and resource allocation decisions that are complementary to the aim of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society
liaise with all levels of government and relevant agencies regarding matters relating to the Wolli Creek catchment
enhance and expand of natural ecosystems and passive open space along the Wolli Creek corridor and its tributaries
undertake any other activities which further the aim of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society


See on-ground achievements of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society as at May 2007 and other significant changes to the Valley as at January 2010.

Wolli Creek Update

The Society’s newsletter informs the membership of activities, dates of meetings and issues of interest to society members. It is published three times a year, or more often if required.

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Type of group

Registered Charity
Incorporated Association

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity


Primary location

Wolli Creek, New South Wales

Known address

PO Box 270, Earlwood, NSW 2206, Australia

Website link/s

Founding Year


History of group

The Society was originally formed in 1983 to actively oppose the construction of the M5 East motorway through the Wolli Creek Valley. It was incorporated in 1987. Over the years, the Valley has faced some dire planning proposals, particularly the proposal for an eight-lane highway above ground through the whole Valley. We have fought hard to retain and enhance the Valley you now see. There is still a long way to go in restoring this area, but bringing the Valley under the protection afforded by Regional Park status is a step in the right direction.


Wolli ValleyOn-ground advances to celebrate.
As at May 2007.
1.Stencilling of streets, parking areas and drains in Wolli catchment on Canterbury side, started May 2007 – WCPS volunteers with CCC support.
2.Area planted 2004 under contract to Transgrid, on Dept of Planning land alongside Johnston St pathway. Ongoing maintenance of area, plus replacement plants caused by wide intrusion through planting into bushland by RTA machinery in 2007 – NT, contracted to Transgrid.
3.Clean-up Day in Creek at Bexley Road March 2005. Bush regeneration work on RTA land under a 3-year grant (2006-8) to WCPS from NSW Environment Trust. Five sites worked along the Western Track – WCPS Wednesday volunteers, CVA teams, a professional team from Bushab, with CCC support.
4.Planting along Johnston St under the above grant, first planting 2006, further ones planned for 2007 and 2008, introducing a higher level barrier and extra biodiversity into the area and providing a seed orchard for future collections – community participation in Planet Arkʼs National Tree Day, with extra plantings and maintenance by WCPS Wednesday volunteers and Bushab professional team. CCC-supported.
5.Illoura Track – new high-level track cut during 2005 - WCPS volunteers and CVA teams, with CCC support.
6.Sewer line laid in 1935, and causing overflow problems. Relining has commenced April 2007 following WCPS requests – Sydney Water.
7.Proposal to remove, in late 2007 or 2008, a large amount of old dumped material in former quarry, a major crane operation – WCPS volunteers, with CCC support and other partners.
8.Work begun May 2007 to control and channel stormwater and trap rubbish from outlet to Paperbark Creek below Richard Avenue – contractors to Canterbury City Council under funds from the Commonwealth Community Water Grants.
9.Paperbark Creek bush regeneration on NE bank of creek. including reconstruction of native plant community – WCPS Saturday volunteers with CCC support.
10.Two ʻno-mowʼ areas established, with CCC cooperation, in grassed areas along Bray Avenue where remnant native plants are evident – ongoing maintenance by WCPS Saturday volunteers and Bushab professional team.
11.Rechannelling and armouring of watercourse below Bray Avenue stormwater outlet leading to wetland to begin in July 2007 – contractors funded by NSW Government grant under CRFIP to WCPS and CCC. Restoration and maintenance will be by WCPS with CCC support
12.Bray Ave wetland. Bush restoration work since 2003 in wetland, formed by creek diversion in 1952, and its surrounds. Funded by grants, initially from a local community organization, and (2005-8) from the CRFIP – WCPS Sunday volunteers and Bushab professional team and extensive CCC support.Seed orchard and barrier planting on Planet Arkʼs National Tree Day 2005 – community participation, with extra plantings, and maintenance by WCPS Sunday volunteers and Bushab team with CCC support.Removal of noxious aquatic weed under separate contract with funding from the Sydney Central Weeds Committee via CCC – Bushab as contractors to CCC.
13.Reconstruction of native vegetation on the NW slope of Hartill-Law Avenue begun 2006 – WCPS volunteers and CVA teams with CCC support.
14.New path and boardwalk underpass of Hartill-Law Avenue to be made in 2008 with funds from CRFIP grant above – CCC, WCPS volunteers and CVA teams.
15.Artificial wetlandconstructed 2001 – NPWS.
16.New BBQ and picnic facilities constructed 2001 – NPWS.
17.Girrahween Park, ongoing bush regeneration work – NT since the 1980s, funded by CCC and NPWS staff since 2001, plus earlier WCPS volunteers.
18.Girrahween East, bush regeneration under 2007 Dept of Lands grant to WCPS – contractors and NPWS staff.
19.Treatment of noxious aquatic weeds (Alligator Weed & Ludwigia peruviana), under Sydney Weeds Committee funding 2005-7 – contractors.
20.Nannygoat Hill, bush regeneration since 1980s, funded by CCC – NT as contractors.
21.A fishway, to enable weir barrier to be passed by Bream, Mullet, Bass, to be constructed in 2007 under joint funding by CMA, CCC and RCC.
22.Turrella 1, revegetation of Turrella Reserve from Weir to side creek under CMA funding 2007-8 – contractors and WCPS volunteers with CCC support.
23.Turrella 2, weed control and vegetation reconstruction by NPWS and contractors under CMA funding 2007/8.
24.Weed and rubbish removal along Jackson Track since 2005 – Westpac, WCPS and CVA volunteers with CCC support.
25.Bush regeneration work and rubbish removal along Undercliffe Track West funded through Landcare by its corporate partners; organized and managed by WCPS, begun late 2006 – Westpac, Price Waterhouse Coopers, under NT supervision, with some WCPS volunteers.
26.Rubbish removal, weed control, bush regeneration begun 2007 on Wolli Bluff – NPWS staff and contractors.
27.Clean-up Day 2006. Proposals for the weed removal and expansion of native vegetation areas along the creekside of Waterworth Park put to CCC by WCPS in 2006. Funding sought from CMA deferred. Awaiting CCC decision on future of Waterworth Park.
28.Southern Bank of Wolli Creek – Discussion paper for riparian zone management developed by volunteer with WCPS input and CMA support. There are action implications for the southern bank, to be negotiated with RCC and RailCo

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