Birds of a feather…head to Sydney Olympic Park!

Ever wondered how we keep track of birds around the Park? It’s no easy feat but our team of experts have gathered all the facts for you in our annual Spring Bird Census.

Our Parklands ecologist, Jenny, gives you all the nitty-gritty details of the survey…

“The Spring Bird Census represents the thirteenth annual survey of birds across Sydney Olympic Park in partnership with members from the Cumberland Bird Observers Club.  The main purpose of this survey is to identify trends and changes in bird populations and to use this information to implement and test habitat management strategies. Thirteen years has resulted in a robust set of data that makes analysis of long term trends possible.  Presented here are some of the preliminary results.”

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So there you have it! Sydney Olympic Park is both home and a holiday destination for over 100 different bird species so grab a pair of binoculars and head over to the Park for a breathtaking bird watching session.

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Happy International Womens Day!

There is a lot going on in the Park this week, to celebrate International Womens Day and we congratulate everyone who is choosing to #BeBoldForChange.

A big thank you to the Humminsong Choirs, who have offered to entertain the Park community with a cappella music to mark this special occasion.  The Hummingsong Choirs are a network of 6 choirs on the North Shore and Northern Beaches that have a strong fundraising element that supports women’s refuges.

Drop by Jacaranda Square at 10am this morning to join in the celebration.

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Get loved up in the Park with our top 5 Valentine’s Day date ideas

Love is in the air and we can taste it all the way from Sydney Olympic Park.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re sure we’re not the only ones floating around with hearts in our eyes.

Want to surprise your lover with a romantic date somewhere they would never expect to feel the love?

We’ve got you sorted.

Here are our top 5 romantic date ideas in the Park:

  1. Top of the Treillage Tower

Been thinking about taking a giant step in your relationship?

Get down on one knee and pop the question overlooking the sunset and breathtaking views of Bicentennial Park, the Parramatta River and city skyline at the top of the Treillage Tower.

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  1. Bacar Restaurant at the Pullman

Spoil your significant other with a Valentine’s degustation dinner for two.

Link arms while sipping from a glass of champagne to take romance to the next level.

  1. Archery Centre

Aim for love with cupid’s arrow at the Archery Centre!

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be spent gazing into each other’s eyes over the table? Get your competitive on and show off those love hunting skills with a bow and arrow!

Just make sure you’re aiming for the target and not your Valentine…

Kids in the Park Program

  1. Rose Garden

With roses being the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day, why not spend the afternoon with a glass of wine in our Rose Garden in the Abattoir Heritage Precinct.

And as beautiful as our heritage roses are, resist the temptation to pick them so everyone else can enjoy them too!

  1. A picnic by Lake Belvedere

There’s nothing more romantic than a cheese platter, bottle of wine and a picnic blanket by the water.

Head over to Lake Belvedere for a night under the starts with the love of your life.

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Make sure to check out the locations for all these date spots!

And with that, we’ll leave you to start planning your romantic date.

Bon voyage, lovers!

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Wetlands for Blue Carbon

Carbon is one of the most important elements making up biological systems and its storage and conservation is a key element in sustaining life on earth in the future.

How does carbon work?

It is found in both living sources such as plants and animals, and non-living sources such as coal and soil. When Carbon is oxidised, it becomes carbon-di-oxide gas. Whilst this gas is essential for plant respiration, an excessive amount contributes to global warming. However, if it is stored or sequestered, it helps the environment.

Carbon can be stored on land through forests and pasture but it can be primarily stored in marine-aquatic system. When Carbon is stored in marine systems, it is called Blue Carbon, and is particularly seen in mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. These ecosystems sequester and store large quantities of Blue Carbon both in plants and sediment below.

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Powells Creek at Sydney Olympic Park

Coastal and estuarine areas in Australia are great places that can store Blue Carbon. Further storage is possible through ecological restoration and rehabilitation of such systems, especially mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems. There are potential financial incentives in cultivating Blue Carbon and the market mechanism for this has been fast developing.

Want to learn more about this fascinating element?

Join us on 3 March for the Blue Carbon WET workshop where you will be given insights and taken through the journey of Blue Carbon farming and trading mechanisms.

What:        Wetlands for Blue Carbon: obligations and opportunities workshop

Where:      Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park

When:       3 March 2017, 8.45am – 5pm

Who:         If you are the custodian of an estuarine or coastal ecosystem or you are involved in rehabilitation and restoration of such systems.

Book now before registrations close on 17 February!

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Exercise Boss Lift – an experience of a lifetime!

We have many talented people at Sydney Olympic Park who do their part for the community.  Our Precinct Operations team always have some great experiences, working hard to coordinate the 5,000+ annual events of all shapes and sizes so that they are safe and enjoyable experiences for our millions of customers.

We are very proud that one of our Operations Coordinators also serves as an Army Reservist and was recently selected to attend Rifle Company Butterworth in Malaysia for essential training including security, logistics and communications.

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Image courtesy of Australian Defence Force

This unique opportunity was also extended to Acting Director of Events and Precinct Operations Michael Copping as part of “Exercise Boss Lift”, an initiative of the Australian Defence Force to provide managers with a deeper understanding of the skills and capabilities that Reservists can bring back to the civilian workforce.

Michael also travelled to Malaysia to gain insight into the defence environment and experience the Army Reserve training first hand.  In particular, command and control, logistics and security, as well as leadership and team-work involved in the Australian Defence Force.

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Image courtesy of Australian Defence Force

These skills are key aspects in the management of the high security environments required by the numerous large scale national and international events hosted at Sydney Olympic Park.

When asked about highlights, Michael talked about the rare treat of riding in a C17 Globemaster III.   “I have been fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling in my life, but when going on holidays the flights are something I dread. Whereas I see the C17 flight to Malaysia as an opportunity of a lifetime.”

We are proud to support our Operations team in all the work that they do, continuously improving their skills for the benefit of Sydney Olympic Park and the community that use it.

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Working with wetlands

From building a community’s resilience to natural hazards, to providing a home to the many species of wildlife in the Park, wetlands offer an abundance of vales and benefits.

World Wetlands Day, which is celebrated on 2 February each year, gives us the opportunity to raise public awareness and promote the value of these wetlands. The day celebrates the signing of world’s first treaty for the conservation of the nature in 1971 in the city of Ramsar in Iran, now known as the Ramsar Convention.

With the ever-increasing natural disasters linked to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, this years core message is Wetlands for Disaster Reduction.

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Badu Mangroves in Bicentennial Park

Here at Sydney Olympic Park, we are very passionate about everything our wetlands provide for the Park. So, what will we be doing to help the cause?

  • Through our Wetland Education and Training (WET) Program, we will be co-hosting the NSW Wetland Forum at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on 2 February 2017 along with Wetland Care Australia. Our very own Wetlands and Education experts will be presenting at the forum, with their focus being effective modes of community engagement in managing local wetlands, building awareness, education programs and professional training – all with the aim of wetland conservation.
  • Our school education initiatives, which range from daily wetlands excursions attracting 25,000 primary and secondary school students each year to conservation-focussed school festivals like the Youth Eco Summit, will focus on the importance of wetlands.
  • We will showcase Australia’s longest running Wetland Education and Training (WET) Program which has been delivering much needed hands-on training to wetland professionals for over 14 years.

World Wetlands Day gives everyone in the community a chance to be part of something important. Come to Sydney Olympic Park and do your bit for our wetlands!

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Keep up to date with what’s going on in the Park

There is always something happening in Sydney Olympic Park.

From planting trees to putting in new traffic lights, sometimes it seems as though the works just never stop.

But with the Park expanding at such a rapid pace, with buildings coming out of the ground and residents and workers flooding the streets faster than you can say “Sydney Olympic Park”, regular works are critical to the daily running of the Park.

Did you know that each year, we carry out a program of resurfacing the roads and shared pathways within the Park as a result of normal deterioration in the surface of the asphalt? These works are determined by asset condition audits that are carried out regularly so that we can keep Sydney Olympic Park maintained to the highest standard.

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Recent asphalting and line marking works on Herb Elliott Ave

We know how important it is for you to stay up to date on everything that is going on in the Park, so sign up to our community alerts now and never miss out on what’s happening again!

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