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NSW/ACT - Managing Bushland and Nature Reserves

10 April 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre
Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay Dr, Sydney Olympic Park
Delivery Method

Many NSW/ACT LGA's have nature reserves and bushland corridors within their boundaries. The management of these is critical to wildlife protection and biodiversity considerations. PLA NSW/ACT invite you to attend a one-day seminar to discuss the following:

  • Plans of Management
  • Urban sustainability and biodiversity
  • Operational guidelines
  • Ground Management
  • Restoration and Regeneration
  • Weed Control
  • Environment Education

Who should attend?

  • Bushland Management Teams
  • Ecologists
  • Policy Planners
  • Operational ground staff


Restoring the Restoration - building on the Sydney Olympic Park legacy

Jenny O'Meara - Parkland Ecologist, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Jen O'Meara is the Sydney Olympic Park Authority's Parklands Ecologist, part of the Environment and Planning team. Her role is to undertake ecological studies and provide specialist scientifically based advice to management, to ensure that ecological/environmental best practice is incorporated into the implementation of parkland management plans and strategies.


Jen's presentation will be broken up into three areas:

  • Introduction to Sydney Olympic Park; history, scene setting, original restoration

  • A changing world - the changes facing the Park in the next few years - development, climate change, asset aging
  • Case studies - examining challenges in balancing threatened species habitat management which highlight's Jenny's specialty in ecological management including management policies/strategies and focus on the Brickpit and balancing vegetation management.

Creating value to provide effective large scale site management of bushland assets

David Kirkland - Environment Manager, Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trust

David Kirkland is the Environment Manager for the Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands Trusts with a role that spans from strategic to on-ground. His primary focus is on the restoration of Cumberland Plain bushland, waterways and landforms. His role goes beyond the natural environment to support the Trust in the development of tourism, recreation, business and urban farming to ensure environmental sustainability through protection, engagement and enjoyment of all things natural.

Western Sydney Parklands is a large scale, multi-purpose open space corridor. The Western Sydney Parklands Trust is charged with developing and managing the land for recreation, tourism, farming, infrastructure and the natural landscapes. The plan to expand the bushland corridor and increase biodiversity requires a complex, integrated and adaptive approach.

Critical to the success of the bushland restoration efforts is to provide value to bushland and to treat it equally to other anthropocentric assets. The assessment of the bushland as an asset, specifically recognised in financial accounting systems with dollar values and included in traditional Asset Management Systems with condition ratings, assists in changing corporate behaviour.

Equally critical is creating efficiency in managing the assets. Performance based contracts that expand the corridor and increase biodiversity are created through the tendering in the form of a return brief. This ensures winning tenderers own the site management and deliver the best outcomes under a limited budget.

The practice of environmental restoration

Dominic Noonan - Bush Regenerator, Toolijooa Environmental Restoration

Toolijooa Environmental Restoration is a leading provider of environmental management and restoration services throughout the greater Sydney region and beyond. Toolijooa aims to carry out best practice ecological management and restoration works in order to achieve our clients' goals of maintaining and re-establishing sustainable, diverse and characteristic natural ecosystems.

Mapping of canopy trees and heat effects in urban areas

Dr Kathleen Beyer - Senior Team Leader, Climate Research, Climate & Atmospheric Science, Science Division, Office of Environment & Heritage

Onsite tour

Hosted by Jenny O'Meara and Sydney Olympic Park the day will conclude with a 45 minute walking tour to the Waterbird Refuge through the mangroves, looking at issues such as tidal flushing, mangrove-dieback, migratory shorebird habitat, coastal saltmarsh and weed control.


When: Wednesday 10 April 2019
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre - Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay Dr, Sydney Olympic Park
Time: 8.30am-3pm

Please ensure you wear sensible clothing and shoes as there is a 45 minute afternoon onsite walking tour.

PLA Members - $190 ex gst
Non Members - $230 ex gst

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