Saving Wolli Creek – Part 3: The Greiner Government’s cruel and cynical hoax

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In Part 3 we take the story from the formation and early years of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society, through the 1988 state elections, in which the Liberals, led by Nick Greiner, promised to remove the freeway reservation through the valley, to the subsequent cynical manoeuvre by which the proposed freeway was returned to the valley and the proposal’s defeat in the 1989 environmental impact process.

The Wolli Creek Valley might have been an 8-lane freeway, but it was saved by Sydney’s longest conservation fight.

The valley is inner south-west Sydney’s environmental gem – a tranquil haven in a busy city, preserving an irreplaceable remnant of the pre-European landscape.

For 40 years a struggle over Sydney’s future has been fought out here, a struggle that isn’t yet over. It’s been a battle between freeways and public transport; between open space and over-development; between urban sprawl and consolidation; between high-carbon- and sustainable futures.