Wolli Creek Open Letter
to the leaders of all political parties represented in the NSW Parliament
Twenty-four years late, what a lark!
Come on, end the wait, make your mark.
We’re stuck on ‘repeat’:
It’s time to complete
Wolli Creek Regional Park.
In 1988, under the Greiner government, Tim Moore announced that the Wolli Creek bushland in inner SW Sydney would be “permanently protected”.
In 1993, Wolli Creek Preservation Society (WCPS) first sought the establishment of the Wolli Creek Regional Park (WCRP) via a private member’s Bill.
In 1998, the Carr government promised to establish WCRP under NPWS management.
In 1999, 2006, 2010, and 2018, WCPS ran campaigns calling on successive ALP and Coalition governments to speed up the glacially-slow rate of acquisition of lands earmarked for the park.
By 2022, the community has waited an entire generation for their governments to deliver on their promises.
But the goal is in sight: today, only 2% of the Park’s 50 hectares remain to be acquired.
Make your mark. Complete the park: ensure that the actions needed to acquire the outstanding blocks and complete the park are undertaken now.
- Have the Office of Strategic Lands (OSL) instructed to complete the transfer to NPWS of lands it has already acquired for WCRP.
- Have OSL instructed to actively pursue the acquisition of the four sections of blocks in private hands.
- Have the Minister for Water instruct Sydney Water to transfer to OSL its land at Unwin St, Earlwood for inclusion in WCRP.
Links for further information:
- For a more detailed briefing on the outstanding 2%, go to Campaign background.
- For more background information on the importance of WCRP go to Wolli Valley bushland.
- For a vision of its future go to Wolli in future
- For a full accounting of land not yet in NPWS hands go to WCRP Land status.
Please note that when you sign this open letter, your name, postcode and email address will be shared with the Wolli Creek Preservation Society (and only them), so that they can inform you about progress and about other ways that you can support the Wolli Creek Regional Park campaign.