The State budget delivered on 19 September 2023 included a commitment of $13 million for the completion of the Wolli Creek Regional Park.
“We are overjoyed by the announcement”, said Peter Stevens, Vice-President of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society and long-time campaigner for the Park. “We have been campaigning to ensure the protection of the Wolli Creek bushland for four decades and have had to fight off two motorway proposals and numerous other threats.
“Over those decades we have seen many State Governments come and go and heard many verbal commitments to the formation and completion of the Regional Park. Now for the first time we have verbal undertakings backed up by a significant commitment of funds.
“There can be no doubt about the public backing for protecting the bushland: our campaign against destruction of one part of the bushland gathered over 5,000 signatures. And there is no question that a lot of people have devoted a lot of time to bring about the current outcome.
“It has taken the efforts of the many past and present WCPS committee members, WCPS members, and wider circles across the Sydney Basin and beyond to gain the recognition of the significance of this substantial area of inner-urban bushland that it warrants. A protected future should now be assured for this natural gem of Sydney’s inner south-west.
“We are thankful to have had the support of local MLAs Chris Minns, Sophie Cotsis, Steve Kamper, Jo Haylen, and Jenny Leong, MLCs Penny Sharpe and Sue Higginson, and the backing of the Councils of Bayside, Canterbury-Bankstown City, Georges River, Inner West, and the City of Sydney, all of which have residents that engage with the Wolli bushland. Numerous community organisations and individuals have lent their support. There are too many to list but we thank them all.
“We are keen now to see the timetable for completion and the details of how the funds will be used. People who want to stay in touch with how things develop can visit the newly re-vamped website of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society at www.wollicreek.org.au.
“You can bet that we will be celebrating at our Annual Dinner on October 19th https://wollicreek.org.au/event/wcps-annual-dinner/.”
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