Mining Pyrite’s haunting video

Our Armory Gallery is used to present a huge variety of unique artworks, from ArtExpress and Operation Art showing amazing creations of our next generation of artists to the impressive design pieces that are exhibited as part of Designing your Future annual event.

We have always found it a challenge to showcase the true spirit of the variety of art exhibitions, however we are pretty happy with this haunting new video that sums up our latest gig Mining Pyrite, a FREE exhibition at Newington Armory Gallery every weekend until Sunday 20 August 2017…

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Sydney Olympic Park leads the way in Aboriginal Professional Learning for Teachers

The Koori Classroom Teacher Professional Learning Workshop for school teachers was recently held at Sydney Olympic Park.

The workshop, which is held around three times a year, draws on the knowledge of Shannon Foster, a D’harawal knowledge keeper who  imparts ‘inside information’ about culture, science, language and the sustainable use of local resources by Aboriginal people. Throughout the day Shannon, whose family come from the La Peruse area of Sydney, shares many stories of her own lived experience as part of the ‘saltwater’ people of Sydney.

Set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Bicentennial Park, the Badu Mangroves provide a living case study for the day. Teachers start at the Education Centre with a cultural interpretation session and then try a bush tucker morning tea. Teachers then venture out into the parklands to learn about flora and fauna, and experience hands-on traditional weaving and string making.

Attendees also learn that Sydney Olympic Park was originally inhabited by the Wangal (Wanne – Name of the country/land ; Gal – Man; Galeon – Woman).  The Wangal were one of the first clans to make initial contact with the Europeans within ten days of their arrival in Sydney Cove, with one of the most notable Wangal people being Bennelong (who travelled to England with Arthur Phillip).

Lucy, a teacher from St Joseph’s Rockdale says, “The presenters were so knowledgeable. I am inspired to share so much with staff and colleagues. I will also share the stories with my own children.”

The course is designed to give teachers the confidence to infuse engaging, authentic, Aboriginal content into their classroom. The new Australian Curriculum prioritises the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives as one of three major cross-curricular themes.

Completing the Koori Classroom Teacher Professional Learning Workshop contributes 5 hours of NESA-accredited PD addressing 1.4.2, 2.4.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

The next Koori Classroom workshops will be held on 4 August and 1 December 2017.
For bookings and more information visit sydneyolympicpark.com.au, email education@sopa.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9714 7888.

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Next Generation Development Opportunity

On the back of a reviewed Master Plan 2030 and impressive growth prospects, Sydney Olympic Park Authority is moving forward to a new generation of development with progressive planning controls that increase mass, density and height.

Development activity has focused on residential supply in recent years, reducing existing commercial stock through withdrawals and limiting new incoming office supply. Now, neighbouring metropolitan commercial centres are at historically low vacancy rates as jobs continue to move west to meet a growing population. The tight conditions favour new construction.

Strategically positioned as the demographic heart of Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park undergoes intense planning scrutiny through Master Plan 2030, a blueprint for sustainable development. The Master Plan enshrines the Park’s Olympic legacy and ensures competitive development outcomes as the lifestyle super precinct.

Primed and ready to take advantage of these premium conditions, Site 2A / 2B Australia Ave is an iconic development opportunity for A Grade office space and an upmarket hotel offering that captures economic growth and leverages progressive planning.  Effectively 2 sites, the total proposed GFA for 2A / 2B Australia Ave is over 42,400sqm is spread out over 30 levels, with additional 150 underground public car parking spaces. Additional parking for tenants and guests will be provided on a ratio of 1 per 80sqm.

The opportunity exists now for incoming developers to naturally leverage off Sydney Olympic Park’s global reputation for broad amenity, CBD proximity and aesthetic setting attracting national and international tenants.

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Sydney Olympic Park making news…

You might have seen us in the news recently, with the Minister for Transport announcing that the new Sydney Metro West must stop at Sydney Olympic Park given the residential growth, commercial and educational opportunities. Check it out…

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5 things to do at the Aquatic Centre on Senior & Pensioner free day

Are you an Aussie senior or pensioner looking to stay fit and healthy?

Our new initiative at the Aquatic Centre gives seniors and pensioners the opportunity to take advantage of one of Australia’s finest aquatic centres for FREE between 8am – 3pm every Tuesday.

So, you get free entry to the Aquatic Centre, but what can you do there?

Here are our top 5 picks:

  1. Lap swimming

Dive in for some laps to work on all your major muscle groups and a complete cardio workout.

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  1. Spa

Leave your stress at the door and let the hot water consume you as you slip into a state of peace in the hot spa.

  1. Aqua aerobics (additional cost of $14)

Increased muscle strength, alleviated pressure on joints, stress relief, reduced blood pressure…

The benefits are endless! Join one of our aqua classes for one of the most therapeutic activities around.

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  1. River rapid ride

Who says only kids can have fun in the river rapid ride?

Let loose and allow your body to be swept away with the current.

  1. Steam room & sauna (additional cost of $12)

Sweat it out in the steam room for an overall body detox to improve circulation and open up your pores.

For muscle relaxation and lowering blood pressure? Nothing beats the heat of the sauna.

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World Environment Day in the Park!

A United Nations initiative that has been celebrated annually around the globe since 1974, 5 June marked World Environment Day. To mark the occasion this year, Sydney Olympic Park hosted several events including:

Conservation Volunteers Australia – Tree Planting Challenge

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) took on their annual World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge with 46 corporate volunteer teams across Australia planting over 17,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses. Sydney Olympic Park was lucky enough to host a few teams on Friday 2 June in Bicentennial Park which saw 5,343 native grasses and ground covers planted! “We are really pleased with the results of the Tree Planting Challenge and would like to congratulate AMP on taking home the win and thank the participating teams from Bridgestone, Energy Action, Optus, Origin, Sydney Airport, TSA Management and Ventia for celebrating World Environment Day in such a positive way.”, Scott Appleton, Regional Manager Sydney.

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Sydney Olympic Park Authority – Staff Planting Challenge

Over 50 Sydney Olympic Park Authority employees participated in a department vs department challenge of quality planting in WooLaRa. A year ago, an unfortunate grass fire broke out at the site, destroying the important habitat for frogs, lizards, insects and ground nesting birds. In honour of World Environment Day this year, we were more than happy to get their hands dirty to rejuvenate this important grassy habitat! In less than an hour, we planted 1,960 native grasses including kangaroo grass, wallaby grass, weeping grass and many more!

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Get ready for the Eagles!

It’s that time of year again…breeding season!

We are super excited to get back into the swing of things with our White-bellied Sea-Eagles as they have now begun nest renovations in preparation for eggs to be laid very soon.

Last year’s nest in the Nature Reserve forest is being revamped with the eagles bringing sticks to build up the sides as well as fresh leaves to line the nest.

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If you’ve noticed something fishy going on, it’s just the male eagle bringing almost daily prey offerings to his mate – and fish must be the favourite.

With eggs expected to be laid in a few weeks, now is the time to catch all the live action on EagleCam or on the screens in the BirdLife Discovery Centre.

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What are you waiting for? Get viewing now!

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