Festival highlights threat to bushland

THERE will be a bit of everything down in the Bexley woods on Sunday when Wolli Creek Preservation Society hosts a mini festival to mark Planet Ark's annual Tree Day.

The Inspired by Wolli event aims to highlight the importance of a patch of bushland near Illoura Park which is being threatened by the proposed expansion of the M5 East.

Tree day: WCPS planning to highlight the importance of bushland on tree day. Picture: Jane Dyson

Tree day: WCPS planning to highlight the importance of bushland on tree day. Picture: Jane Dyson

"We are trying to raise awareness that this wonderful bushland exists and is under threat," society vice-president Deb Little said.

Peter Stevens from the group said the two-hectare pocket of bushland contained hundreds of large trees, birds and reptiles.

"On the day we are going to get everyone together to count the number of trees which are so big that if they were on your own property you would need a council permit to cut them down," he said.

The NSW government announced last October it would proceed with the $10 billion WestConnex project, including widening the South West Motorway, duplicating the M5 East and widening and extending the M4.

The South West Motorway expansion is well under way, with construction expected to be completed late next year.

However, the exact shape of the M5 East expansion has not been announced.

Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay visited King Georges Road with Oatley MP Mark Coure in April and said only that the M5 East plan was for two extra lanes in each direction.

Ms Little said the society opposed the WestConnex project in its entirety.

"It isn't just about saving our local piece of bushland, but that the money could be better spent on improving public transport and upgrading rural and regional roads," she said.

Inspired by Wolli will be held in bushland on the eastern side of Bexley Road near Wolli Creek.

The event will run from 10am to 1pm.

The society wants people to register beforehand to get an idea of numbers.

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