Sydney Olympic Park supports a rich natural environment that includes over 250 native animal species, over 400 native plant species and three endangered ecological communities. The high ecological values of the Park have resulted in 304 hectares (nearly half of the Park) being zoned under NSW planning legislation for environmental conservation and management. Key habitats include estuarine and freshwater wetlands, remnant eucalypt forest, saltmarsh meadows and woodland bird habitats. The Park’s habitats are a restored landscape, and demonstrate the positive ecological outcomes that can be achieved when conservation is mainstreamed with development.
The Park’s biodiversity is of high conservation significance, and also makes a significant contribution to the social and economic values of the Park. The natural environments of the Park:
- support a rich natural heritage, valuable in its own right
- enrich visitor experience by providing opportunities to connect with nature
- provide a living classroom for environmental education programs, and
- attract businesses and residents seeking proximity to nature.
Management of the Park’s flora and fauna is based on the biodiversity objectives set out in the Sydney Olympic Park Environmental Guidelines. Key management tasks are to:
- Implement adaptive habitat management
- Maintain the landscape of the ‘natural’ areas of the parklands
- Restore and improve degraded and depauperate habitats
- Manage pest fauna species
- Monitor and report ecological health
- Coordinate community participation in environmental programs