Sustaining Healthy Habitats
Nearly half of Sydney Olympic Park (304 hectares) is zoned under NSW planning legislation for environmental conservation and management due to its high ecological values.
The Park’s habitats need a strong commitment to ongoing and adaptive management to retain their values - they have relatively low ecological integrity and resilience to disturbance due to their immaturity, small size, isolation and artificial and fragmented nature.
As managers of the Park, Sydney Olympic Park Authority is obliged and committed to protecting and enhancing its ecological values. The Authority’s ecological management programs particularly target those species and communities identified as being of particular conservation significance. Examples are described below.
The Waterbird Refuge is managed to provide habitat for over 55 species of native birds, including internationally migratory shorebirds.
New shrub plantings throughout the Kronos Hill are improving habitat for woodland birds.
Sydney Olympic Park’s estuarine wetlands and waterways are adaptively managed to conserve their significant ecological values.
Remnant forest is being conserved and expanded in a program that aims to increase the area of this critically endangered ecological community from 13 hectares to 20 hectares, and to promote its rich floristic diversity and wildlife habitat values.
Management of constructed freshwater wetlands must balance a range of objectives – including wetland health, ecology, water harvesting, visual amenity and flood mitigation.
Long known as the stronghold for Sydney Olympic Park’s Green and Golden Bell Frog population, the Brickpit is also a rich habitat for many other native wildlife species.
An active management program to conserve the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog has been implemented at Sydney Olympic Park since 1993.
The habitats of Sydney Olympic Park are impacted by pest and feral species common across Sydney.
The breeding sites of insectivorous microbats are being protected and expanded across Sydney Olympic Park with the aim of increasing bat numbers, diversity and distribution.