It’s time to Walk to Work

Here at Sydney Olympic Park, we are lucky to have so many walking trails with so much beauty to admire along the way.

Why not take advantage of this and start walking to work?

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Walking trail through Bicentennial Park. Image courtesy of Paul K Robbins.

Diabetes Australia talks to us about their great initiative to get the ball rolling on this:

It took humans a million years to learn how to walk, and one generation to forget.

We have become one of the most obese nations in the developed world.

Walking regularly is one of the best forms of exercise; people who use a combination of walking and public transport to get to work are generally healthier and more productive. So let’s get walking again!

Diabetes Australia in partnership with Energizer Australia is organizing a walk around Sydney Olympic Park as part of Walk to Work Day on Friday 6 October.

The aim of the event is to encourage employees and employers to build walking into their every day lives. Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said employers can play an important role in encouraging their staff to build walking into their daily routine.

“With around 280 Australians developing diabetes every day – diabetes is the single biggest challenge facing Australia’s health system. Walking is one of the best ways to help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It also helps people who have type 2 diabetes manage their condition,” he said.

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Image courtesy of Diabetes Australia.

The walk will take place in and around Sydney Olympic Park. The walk with start at Jacaranda Square at 8.30am, heading along Murray Rose Avenue into Cathy Freeman Park and around ANZ Stadium heading back into Jacaranda Square to finish off.

Former Australian Iron Man and Diabetes Australia ambassador Guy Leech is a passionate advocate for Walk to Work Day.

“I believe it’s so important though to build exercise into your daily schedule as our health is one of the most important assets we have.

Maintaining a health lifestyle does not necessarily mean training for triathlon events or going above and beyond.

Walking alone is a  great form of exercise and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.”

You can join Guy for a walk this Friday in the Park and help raise awareness and funds for Diabetes Australia.

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Image courtesy of Diabetes Australia.

All businesses in the area are encouraged to participate, create a team and sign up. We also ask that each team member donate $12 to help raise funds for diabetes research.

Remember to take photos at the event and share across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and get walking!

When: 8.30am, Friday 6 October 2017
Where: Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park

We’ll see you on Friday!

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Helping or harming; should you rescue baby birds?

A fluffy baby bird seemingly abandoned on the ground will prompt many people to rescue it. However this is often unnecessary, as they are not as hopeless as they appear!

The young of many Australian birds leave the nest before they can fly. Usually the parents are nearby, or will return shortly with food. Often the parents are just waiting for you to leave before they return to their baby.

How do you know if the chick needs help?

Ask yourself – Is the chick visibly injured? Is it in real danger of being killed or injured?

If the answer is no, please leave it alone. It is in the chick’s best interest to be looked after and learn to feed and fly from its parents, not a carer.

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Masked Lapwing parents are very dedicated parents and will not leave their chicks alone.

If you find a nest that has been blown onto the ground, replace it and its contents in a nearby shrub so the parent birds can find it. If you spot a young bird such as the Tawny Frogmouth below, which was sitting on the ground, simply put it in a nearby tree to keep it safe from dogs, cats and traffic.

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This tawny Frogmouth chick was found on the ground and was placed in a nearby tree

If in doubt, leave the chick on the ground and monitor for some time at a distance so you are not keeping the parents away. Please contact your local wildlife rescue group for assistance if the chick is

  • clearly unattended, AND
  • in imminent danger from cats, dogs or traffic, AND
  • there is no safe places such as shrubs to place it

You may help the bird by putting it in a dark, warm and dry place, such as a box with air holes and a towel for padding, while waiting for help. Do not attempt to look after the chick on your own as parental care is best.

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Case in point: a ‘rescued’ young Magpie presented to the Authority was returned to where it was found. After waiting from a distance, the parent showed up to feed it.

To find out more resuing baby birds visit Birdlife Australia.

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14 free things to do with the kids these school holidays

School holidays are right around the corner and we’ve got a great line up of FREE events that are going to save you money and keep the kids entertained. We’re here to make your life easier so you can enjoy a stress free holiday.

Here’s 14 free activities to see you through the spring break and make sure you check out our full Kids in the Park activities.

All you need to do now is sort out which activity to fill your day with!

  1. Riverside BirdLife

Love birds? Then check out this great pop-up activity by the river at Blaxland Riverside Park and learn about the different bird species around the Park.

Here you have the opportunity to ask all the important question. What do they eat? How do they move about?

  1. Operation Art

With more than 800 artworks by students throughout NSW, celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.

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Image courtesy of Department of Education

 

  1. Heritage Hunt

What do sheep have to do with the safe storage of ammunition and explosives? You may be surprised! Newington Armory holds many memories, interesting anecdotes and fascinating stories that make it a much treasured heritage site today.

Search for “sheep” across the Armory and collect evidence that will help tell the story of why sheep were kept at the former depot.

  1. Bike Trails

Did you know there are over 35km of safe cycling pathways in the Park? Bring your own bike or hire one to go for a ride and see Olympic icons, spectacular parklands and areas of cultural heritage along the way while discovering our hidden gems including lookouts, bird hides, wildlife refuges, mangrove boardwalks, shipwrecks and outdoor art.

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Image courtesy of Mark Watson

  1. Sports Stars and Dance Star

The always popular stars return with a chance to get involved either with your favourite sport or maybe try out your dance moves.

Learn new skills, play games, get involved, be a star!

  1. Birdlife Discovery Centre

Follow the trail to the BirdLife Discovery Centre, at the edge of Newington Nature Reserve and learn about the beautiful birds that share your backyard as well as those feathered friends who visit Australia for different seasons.

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Image courtesy of John Irvine

  1. BMX and Mountain X

Off-road bike bandits, test your skills on 250 metres of meandering track, with wicked downhills and flying dirt jumps!

Whether you are a beginner or a pro,bring your crew and show off your moves.

  1. Brickpit Ring Walk

Have you met Sydney Olympic Park’s special resident, the Green and Golden Bell Frog? This endangered beauty has made a home in the Park’s historic Brickpit.

Take the award-winning Ring Walk around the Brickpit ‘pond’ to discover its history and the evolution of the Green and Golden Bell Frog’s habitat.

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Image courtesy of Kraig Carlstrom

 

  1. Clue Trail

Ready for an adventure? We’ve got 6 different Clue Trails for you to choose from.

Whether you want to ‘Fly High’ or follow the ‘Path of Champions’, unravelling the clues will help you to discover more about Sydney Olympic Park.

  1. Crack The Code

Become an explorer in the Newington Armory heritage precinct. Use a compass to navigate yourself around the Armory and collect the clues along the way.

Once you’ve reached the end, it’s time to decode the secret message.

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Image courtesy of Paul K Robbins

  1. Disc Golf

Watch out for that tree! If you love outdoor games but find golf frustrating, try disc golf with a frisbee.

  1. The Amazing Chase

Challenge yourself and your friends as you ride in an amazing chase around the park. Use map grid references to find locations, then solve the puzzles set for you at each pit stop.

Hire a bike or bring your own.

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Image courtesy of Paul K Robbins

  1. Walking Trails

With 640 hectares of man-made and natural attractions and over 35 kilometres of walking trails, you can escape the surrounding city’s bustle to relax and free your mind with a choice of scenic walks.

  1. Walk and Squawk

Come for a walk around the Armory with our BirdLife Discovery Centre volunteers to meet some of our feathered neighbours and learn their calls as well as a secret about each bird.

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17 years since the Olympic Games and we’re still growing

It has been 17 years since thousands of athletes made their way to what would be known as the “best games ever”.

Today, Sydney Olympic Park continues to develop and deliver benefits to the community with the greatest Olympic success story of all time, as no other Olympic venue has thrived as much as the Park.

Residents, workers, students and visitors are enjoying sporting facilities, entertainment, exhibitions and events as well as open green space, playgrounds and cycleways every day.

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Drone image of Sydney Olympic Park. Image courtesy of Ethan Rohloff

The Olympic legacy still lives on in the athletes who train and compete here every day, with one of our own success stories, three time Olympic Games and three time Commonwealth Games diver Melissa Wu, crediting the Park as the place it all began for her.

“Sydney Olympic Park is special to me because it’s where I saw diving for the first time. I was instantly drawn to the sport and whenever I was at the pool as a child, I always looked forward to watching the divers train. Seeing them train and watching the Sydney Olympics on TV inspired me to take up the sport of diving and Sydney Olympic Park is where it all began for me.”

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Olympic diver Melissa Wu. Image courtesy of Alchetron

Friday 15 September marks the 17th Anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and to commemorate this great date we will be lighting the Olympic Cauldron.

Celebrate with us on Friday and head to Cathy Freeman Park from 4pm to 8pm to see the Olympic Cauldron in all its glory with some of the Park’s most successful athletes including diving and swimming champions, players from the Sydney Kings NBL team and players from the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball.

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Olympic Cauldron. Image courtesy of Paul k Robbins

You can also win an amazing prize pack including a night stay at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park by following these simple steps:

  1. Follow Sydney Olympic Park on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Share your favourite celebration picture with #LoveSydneyOlympicPark on Instagram or in the Facebook post thread. Double your chance to win by sharing your pic on both networks!
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Australian swimmer Kurt Herzog helps us celebrate 17 years in the Park.

We’ll see you at Cathy Freeman Park for all the anniversary fun!

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Threatened species at Sydney Olympic Park

The 7th of September is Threatened Species Day, which marks the anniversary of the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in Hobart Zoo in 1936.

Sydney Olympic Park has a rich biodiversity of over 400 native plant species and over 250 native animal species. It includes over 200 species of native bird, 7 species of frog, 10 species of bat, 15 species of reptile, many native fish, thousands of species of invertebrates, and protected marine vegetation such as mangroves and saltmarsh.

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Green and Golden Bell Frog

This high species diversity and abundance in the geographic centre of a large and modern city contributes to Sydney Olympic Park’s high ecological, aesthetic and educational values.

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Saltmarsh. Image: Jon Irvine

Many of the species and ecological communities dependent upon the Park’s habitats were once widespread in Sydney but are now uncommon in urban areas. These are of conservation significance at a local, regional, state, national or international level. The Park currently supports three endangered ecological communities, three threatened plant species, three resident threatened fauna species and several threatened migratory fauna species such as migratory birds that travel to the Park from as far as Siberia and Alaska. The Park’s habitats also provide a stepping stone for nomadic or migratory animals moving between urban habitats, and a drought refuge for waterbirds from western New South Wales.

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Bar-tailed Godwit

Find out more on the amazing plants and animals at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Style your life in the Park with Lifestyle

Ever heard of our Lifestyle program?

There are currently 7,000 members signed up and enjoying a great range of benefits including everyday discounts, access to member activities, as well as discounted and free admission into events held at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Since 1 July alone, every Lifestyle member received free admission into:

  • Arsenal FC vs Sydney FC blockbuster
  • 7 x NRL and AFL matches
  • Sweet Expo Sydney

Lifestyle is here to enrich the quality of life for local workers, students and residents. Members benefit from discounts at eateries and retailers around the Park, as well as, exclusive member activities to socialise, revitalise, get active and learn. These activities include Lunch League sports competitions, a monthly coffee club, trivia, guided walking tours, professional development seminars.

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Have you been you missing out?

There’s so much on offer, so don’t waste another minute and become a Sydney Olympic Park VIP NOW!

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Another year, another smiling child

Back for its 23rd year, Operation Art brings 796 artworks from 910 students across 254 NSW schools to Sydney Olympic Park.

We have invited guest blogger, Lisa van den Dolder who is the Project Officer for Operation Art, to provide a special insiders view on the amazing program that continues to bring smiles to sick children’s faces year after year:

“Each year, students throughout the state use their passion for arts to transform the lives of sick children in hospital. With very few guidelines and limitless possibilities, students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are able to express themselves through colours, lines and shapes with the sole purpose to motivate and sooth patients in hospital.

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One of the many artworks on display this year. Image: Department of Education

From the moment you walk into the exhibition, Newington Armory Gallery positively radiates from the walls; the emotion packed paintings fill every corner and tell their own story. This is just the beginning for over 700 children who have spent hours perfecting their works of art, as for many, these artworks will make their way to various hospitals across NSW and give sick children an extra boost of brightness and positivity to fight their illnesses.

The teachers of these students believe this gives them the opportunity to “foster their learning of giving to others who are less fortunate than they are” and it is “creating art for a purpose”.

For the students, it is “seeing other people’s artworks helping the community” that resonates with them most.

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One of the many artworks on display this year. Image: Department of Education

Operation Art, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education and in collaboration with Sydney Olympic Park Authority, involves school students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in all NSW schools creating artworks for children in hospital. Operation Art is made possible by the generous support of ANSTO and will be open daily from 9 September to 29 October, 10am to 4pm, at Newington Amory Gallery in Sydney Olympic Park.”

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