Ensuring the safety of threatened species in NSW on our busy roads

Have you ever driven down a busy highway and noticed a cute little creature scurrying along the side of the road and thought, “I hope he gets to the other side safely!”

No need to worry, the NSW Roads and Maritime Services is all about making sure our furry friends get to where they need to be without getting themselves into any harm.

Come along to the Life in the Park free short talks event on Sunday 28 August and hear Josie Stokes, Biodiversity Officer, educate everyone on what the NSW Roads and Maritime Services does to mitigate the impacts of roads on threatened species such as micro bats, squirrel gliders, koalas and frogs.

Frog at night

Image courtesy of Josie Stokes

Josie will concentrate on the Pacific Highway Upgrade, Princes Highway and Hume Highway and what procedures have been put into effect for the areas these fauna groups roam.

Listen to Josie report on the first recorded crossing through a pipe culvert underpass by a Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus) on the Pacific Highway, an exciting set of new data showing the effectiveness and use of pipe culverts by Australian frogs.

Read up on all the wildlife around the Park before this exciting talk now.

What: Life in the Park
When: 10am – 12pm, Sunday 28 August
Where: Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

Learn more about Life in the Park

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Hear a tail or two about waterbirds

Did you know that Sydney Olympic Park is made up of 430 hectares of wetlands, woodlands and parks?

Our Waterbird Refuge is just one of our wetlands hotspots and hosts both resident and migratory waterbirds including Red-necked Avocet, Black-winged Stilts and many species of duck.

waterbirds in flight

Image courtesy of Dr Kate Brandis

To discover the importance of wetlands and waterbirds, come along to our free Life in the Park short talks event on Sunday 28th August. You’ll hear from several specialists in their various fields of ecology, including Dr Kate Brandis, who is a research fellow at the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW and ANSTO.

She shares: “wetlands are habitats that are critical for Australia’s waterbirds; however they are under threat from reduced river flows and flooding, drought, climate change and land use changes.”

You’ll hear her talk about how you can help turn the tide by simply collecting wetland bird feathers you find on the ground or in the water from inland wetlands across Australia, taking part in the Feather Map of Australia Project.

Here’s what you need to know before flocking to this event:

What: Life in the Park

When: 10am – 12pm, Sunday 28 August

Where: Education Centre, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

Learn more about Life in the Park and the Feather Map of Australia Project 

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Update on the eaglets, some sad news

Unfortunately, this update on the two White-bellied Sea-Eaglets comes with some sad news.

The younger and weaker of the two Sea-Eagle chicks has apparently died. It is no longer visible in the nest and is probably under the leaves lining the nest bowl.

Its death was probably a result of a number of factors including sibling rivalry, insufficient food and poor weather conditions previously experienced. It may even have been suffering from an unknown disease or virus.

Rivalry between raptor offspring is common, and often one chick may not survive, particularly when food is scare. Parents feeding the young are not “fair” by our standards and will feed the most persistent chick. This is survival of the fittest and gives the remaining chick an even better chance of survival.

The wonderful news is that the stronger eaglet is feasting greedily and appears to be growing well!

Sea-eagle feeding eaglet in nest

Warmer sunny days have fluffed out it’s down. The male is bringing in plenty of prey.

We are continuing to watch carefully for any signs of the little eaglet, or if its body is removed. However, our research protocol means we do not approach the nest area at this very sensitive stage of breeding. Any disturbance could disrupt their behaviour and threaten the surviving eaglet.

See the nest via EagleCAM

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A Giant opportunity for Sydney’s female athletes!

Calling all female athletes, 17 years and over!

The Greater Western Sydney Giants are hosting a free AFL Women’s Athlete
Search program to test out your footy skills this Saturday 13 August. They’re working towards building a team to compete in the 2017 National Women’s League.

If you are a female who is 17 years+, currently active in other sports but not currently registered as an Australian football player, here’s your chance to join in on the action!two female afl players

If you think you’ve got what it takes, you’ll be tested in the following:

  • 20m sprint
  • vertical jumps
  • beep test
  • agility
  • kicking
  • marking
  • handballing
  • your ability to compete

As a bonus for giving it a go, each participant will receive 4 complimentary tickets to Giants v West Coast, playing that afternoon from 4.35pm at Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

For more information about this opportunity, head to the Giants website. For directions to Tom Wills Oval, head to Sydney Olympic Park’s interactive map.

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10 ways to celebrate Rio at Sydney Olympic Park

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games will officially commence tomorrow, Saturday 6 August, and we are gearing up to celebrate at the Park.

Cauldron lit

Here are our top 10 suggestions to get into the Olympic spirit at the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games…

1. Olympic Cauldron relit
Witness the Olympic Cauldron in all its glory when it is relit for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, to coincide with the Bledisloe Cup and GWS Giants match, and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games:
Saturday 6 August 12pm – 4pm
Saturday 20 August 4pm – 8pm
Thursday 8 September 12pm – 4pm
Rio Logo

2.Big screen coverage
Watch the coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on our big screen at the eastern end of the Olympic Park station 6am-5pm daily

3.Discovery Icons Walk
Re-live some of the memories of the ‘best Games ever’ and take yourself on a self guided walk

4.Lifestyle Guided Walk: Olympic Spirit Lifestyle walk in front of the Cauldron
Discover some of the Olympic sculptures, monuments & memorials at Sydney Olympic Park. Registrations are essential and the walk will commence at 12.15pm on Tuesday 9 August

5.Dive into History exhibition
Immerse yourself in the Dive into History exhibition celebrating the many great stories of the Aquatic Centre

6.ANZ Stadium Explore Tour

Follow the footsteps of Olympic heroes in the ANZ Stadium Explore Tour taking you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes journey of this Olympic stadium

7.NSW Hall of Champions exhibition
Marvel at the memorable moments of over 330 athletes covering 49 different sports at the NSW Hall of Champions exhibition at the Sports Centre

8.Public Art
Explore public art and urban cultural features spread across the Park celebrating the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games

9.‘Best Games Ever’ Clue Trail
Take yourself on a mystery adventure with the “Best Games Ever” Clue Trail, each stop will reveal a little secret behind those who’s achievements made history

10.Games MemoriesGames Memories Poles
Wander through the Games Memories, 480 poles outside ANZ Stadium capturing the many elements that made the Games special to athletes, volunteers, spectators both watching in the stands and around the world



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Walk this way!

Put your best foot forward with the opening of the side doors of the Olympic Station making it easier (and quicker) for you to walk around Sydney Olympic Park.

people walking out of Olympic Park Station

Connecting Murray Rose Avenue with Dawn Fraser Avenue, you can now take advantage of the footbridge at the northern end of Olympic Park station, saving time moving from point A to point B.

For those catching the train, there are Opal readers available on each end, so if you work at Thales, Commonwealth Bank (Buildings 4 & 10 Dawn Fraser Avenue) and soon NRMA, this will certainly present the quickest route from the station to your office.

This new connection is the latest initiative of Shaping Our Place, and we must thank our friends at Sydney Trains for helping make this happen.

We are continually looking at ways to Shape our Place and we welcome any suggestions you may have for other ways you’d like to see the Park shaped, so drop us an email at shapingourplace@sopa.nsw.gov.au

footbridge at Olympic Park Station

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Two eaglets have hatched!

Following on from the incredible news of two eggs laid in June, we are thrilled to share that two cute white fluffy little chicks have now successfully hatched!

Sea-Eagle chicks hatched
The first hatched at 8.30pm on Friday, 29 July, and the second at 7am on Sunday, 31 July.

The pip of the first egg

The pip of the first egg on Friday, 29 July 2016

We now will wait and watch for around 10 weeks as the eaglets grow and hopefully fledge.

Find out more in our Park News story and see the action live for yourself via EagleCAM.

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