Saving Wolli Creek – Part 4: A tale of two tunnels

In Part 4 we see how the fight against a surface freeway through the valley led to the construction of the Airport Rail Line and eventually pushed this section of the M5 East into a tunnel that avoided the valley’s open space east of Bexley Road.

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 , .

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.