On World Environment Day a new ebook 20 Years of Healing: Delivering the Ecological Legacy of the Green Games was launched showcasing incredible insights into the restoration and conservation of nature at Sydney Olympic Park.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO Sam Romaniuk said 20 years was an appropriate time to take stock of the journey and celebrate the remarkable success.
“Today, the enduring legacy of the Green Games has witnessed the creation of ecosystems rich in native flora and fauna right in the heart of Greater Sydney,” said Mr Romaniuk.
“The diversity of wildlife you find at Sydney Olympic Park is incredible, supporting endangered ecological communities, an abundance of native plants and animals and features one of the largest remaining stands of mangrove forest on the Parramatta River.”
“The success of the natural environment is linked to long-term environmental management and this ebook is both a celebration in our 20th anniversary year, and a toolkit to share with the world.”
Kerry Darcovich, Sydney Olympic Park Authority Senior Manager Environment and Ecology, said she hoped the book would have widespread use so others could adapt local findings to solve similar sorts of conservation issues. “Managing ecology is not an exact science, it has a high degree of learn as you go, which is why this book is so valuable,” said Ms Darcovich. “It is a way of sharing our experience so we can help biodiversity beyond our borders.”
The Green Games saw one of Australia’s largest restoration projects, with the clean-up of over 200 hectares of contaminated land and hand-planting of over 8 million individual native plants. Two decades on, and the environment is thriving as Sydney Olympic Park supports endangered ecological communities and has in excess of 400 native plant species and 250 native animal species including more than 200 native bird species, seven frog species, 13 bat species, 16 reptile species, native fish species and many thousands of species of invertebrates.
You can download a free copy of the document here: 20 Years of Healing