Park news August Issue An invaluable Olympic legacy As by kyliemc


									Park news
August 2004 Issue 4

An invaluable Olympic legacy
As we celebrate the Athens Olympiad, it is a time to reflect on the legacy of Sydney Olympic Park, with its extraordinary natural environment and state-of-the-art sporting and event facilities. Since the Games, the Park has evolved and is now a place of lively community interaction and a mustsee attraction for increasing numbers of Australian and international visitors. Last year visitors to the precinct increased by 23% to 6.8 million. Spectator and participant sports continue to be integral in attracting visitation to the Park. The Park’s venues include world-class hockey, tennis, aquatic, athletics, football, golf, volleyball and basketball facilities that hosted 27 international and national sporting competitions last year, with more than 1.8 million people participating in nearly 40 different sports. These venues also hosted more than 200 school swimming and athletics carnivals; and served both as the training ground for elite athletes from the NSW Institute of Sport and a breeding ground for our future young champions. The annual direct cost to Government of running around $1.1billion of Olympic sporting venues at Sydney Olympic Park is $5.4 million. People are also visiting for different reasons, as the Park not only

expands, but diversifies its uses. One big area of growth is business events with 1.55 million delegates attending 1,811 events in 2003-2004, a remarkable growth of 21% from the previous 12 month period. These visitation numbers belie the suggestion in recent media commentary, that Sydney Olympic Park is not moving forward from its Olympic origins. The Park is on the cusp of being transformed into a vibrant and unique township and like Darling Harbour, this process will take time. Already nearly $500 million of private sector investment has been secured. The Olympic site, including its 425 hectares of parkland, has been the catalyst of over $6 billion of new

lifestyle orientated projects including Rhodes Peninsular and Homebush Bay West, developed immediately adjacent to the precinct. By any measure the cost to our community of maintaining Sydney Olympic Park’s leisure facilities is small when compared to the innumerable benefits derived from them.

2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 Letter from CEO $7.8 million backing for ICESSM ‘Kids in the Park’ Park comes alive! Commercial development Telstra Stadium celebrates In brief Events calendar

For more information, including major events being held at Sydney Olympic Park (see back page) telephone 9714 7300 or visit

Sydney Olympic Park is well on the way to becoming one of the most multi-purpose and diverse places to live, work, play and learn in Australia.
Our partners in commercial and residential development - Charter Hall/AMP Henderson and Multiplex/Babcock & Brown bring a wealth of enthusiastic experience and knowledge to the structure of our town. Securing our continuing growth in the education sector, we are working side by side with TAFE NSW, The University of Technology, Sydney and Sydney University. We are thrilled to announce the establishment of the International Centre for Excellence in Sports Science & Management, a result of a successful alliance of organisational capabilities (further details see pg 3). We have also recently signed an agreement with Telstra, which will see a focus on integrating technology as part of an environmental learning program. Our sporting ties are strong, ensuring that we continue to be regarded as the true “home of sport”. Our partners include Sydney Swifts, Athletics Australia, Australian Swimming, Handball NSW, Netball NSW, National Rugby League and New South Wales Institute of Sport. On the community front our cooperative partnerships with Auburn and Parramatta Councils are a vital link in demonstrating our commitment to the local community. In this issue we expand on some of the partnerships that will form the bedrock for our future. Brian Newman Chief Executive Officer As we settle down to enjoy the Athens Olympiad, Sydney should be proud of the Olympic legacy created here at Sydney Olympic Park. Since hosting the best-ever Olympics, our Olympic venues continue to attract the best events to Sydney and deliver vital sporting facilities for tomorrow’s champions and anyone willing to live out their own Olympic dream. Sydney Olympic Park is an investment for future generations, encouraging healthier, safer and more supportive communities. It is an opportunity to create a vibrant, forward-thinking community – a logical extension of the body, spirit and mind Sydneysiders showed to the world in 2000. It’s not everyday that a city has the opportunity to turn such an historically significant site into a township that embraces Olympic ideals of innovation, team-work, excellence and fairness. The State Government is determined to ensure Sydney Olympic Park continues to grow and prosper.

One of the driving factors in the Park’s success four years since the Olympics is the strategic partnerships that have brought Sydney Olympic Park closer to its goals.
Our future lies in the strength and number of associations we forge in the coming years, and the growth and development of existing partnerships. Strong and long term alliances have already been made in education, science and technology, commercial and residential development, special events, sport and with our local community. I wish to acknowledge some of our successes to date.

The Hon. Sandra Nori Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism Minister for Women

$7.8 million to back our Olympic goals
In early June the Federal Government announced that it will provide $7.8 million for a new International Centre of Excellence in Sports Science and Management (ICESSM) based at Sydney Olympic Park. The decision marks an important milestone in the development of the education capabilities at Sydney Olympic Park.
The Centre will be a partnership between the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. It is the first centre of its kind in the world. The primary purpose of the Centre is to offer world-class education and research opportunities to students from Australia and overseas in sports science and management. ICESSM will primarily target international markets and offer a diverse portfolio of education products and knowledge services such as short courses, executive programs, residential programs, certificate courses, undergraduate and post graduate degree courses, conferences and education consulting services to sports organisations and governments.
Ross Millbourne, University of Technology Sydney, Gavin Brown, Sydney University and Brian Newman

ICESSM will build upon existing capabilities as an education precinct: • 94,000 visits by school students in 2003-2004 • Home for the University Admissions Board and the Australian College of Physical Education • Currently 5,000 international students visit the Park per annum. This number is set to increase through the development of a range of educational products with TAFE NSW. It is expected the ICESSM will begin offering seminars and short courses from the beginning of 2005, with other programs to commence later in the year.

“I believe the Centre of Excellence is a natural fit for Sydney Olympic Park and I’m confident that ICESSM will serve to attract other leading education enterprises and complementary activities to Sydney Olympic Park. The Centre will consolidate internationally recognised expertise and provide a range of products from short courses to PhD scholarships.” Sydney Olympic Park CEO, Brian Newman.


New holiday program gets the thumbs up from kids!
Bold as brass and twice as loud, Sydney Olympic Park was filled with laughter and excitement when the Park’s new holiday program,‘Kids in the Park’ was successfully launched during the July school holidays. Over 70,000 visited the Park for school holiday programs during the 2 weeks and close to 8,000 visited The Overflow during the period.
‘Kids in the Park’ central marquee

Headlined by international act Disney on Ice presents Beauty and the Beast and ABC Kids Live, Kids in the Park effectively positioned Sydney Olympic Park as a family-friendly precinct, with the mini-train ensuring that parents could travel around the Park easily. The holiday program encompassed a diverse range of activities from arts and craft, sporting clinics, free entertainment, musical performances and holiday clinics for children aged 3-16. The Park’s world class sporting facilities certainly received a work out as children embraced new skills across archery, diving, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and golf.

Two of the big highlights from Kids in the Park included the Aquatic Centre’s ‘Boot Camp’ and the plethora of free entertainment which took place in a magical marquee featuring jugglers, clowns, Polynesian dancers and even workshops on how to be a ‘popstar’! Coaching clinics with members of the Sydney Swans,Western Sydney Razorbacks, and the Olyroos also proved a highlight for many children eager to meet their heroes and learn new sporting skills. Parents were not forgotten either, many taking the opportunity to take a much needed respite to relax with morning or afternoon tea in the central marquee in The Overflow. Kids in the Park will be a regular fixture for the school holidays.


Park comes alive!
Food, adventure, colour, excitement, intrigue and noise! The Sydney Olympic site has come alive with the combination of the Boulevard Market, Park after Dark and the fascinating Newington Armory.
Boulevard Market
After a year-long display of various cultures at the Boulevard Market, including African, Italian, Korean and Chinese themes, the Boulevard Market culminated with an international celebrity chef ‘cook off’ on Sunday 27 June. Hosted by food luminary, Joanna Savill from SBS TV’s Food Lovers Guide to Australia, the day attracted more than 5,000 visitors who were treated to Asian, American and European delights as three talented chefs chopped, whisked and cooked up a treat in the Park. The market continues to draw fantastic crowds as some of Sydney’s best chefs demonstrate their skills for the hungry masses on the fourth Sunday of every month. There is also a regular smorgasbord of international food, goods, crafts, fashion accessories and homewares featured.
Parklands Ranger, Judy Harrington, leading ‘Park after Dark’.

Environment = Fun at Sydney Olympic Park

Newington Armory

Newington Armory continues to impress visitors with its fascinating The parklands activities program for the upcoming September holiday insight into Australia’s naval history. Families as well as history buffs, have period provides opportunities for converged on the site and enjoyed children, families and groups to touring powder houses dating back discover relevant conservation and to 1897, walking through bunkers and environmental issues relating to coming face-to-face with bombs, the Park. cannons and real ammunition. Through interactive programs, The site certainly left its mark on presented in an informal and fun the judges of the EnergyAustralia way, children and adults will leave the Park with a renewed or expanded National Trust Heritage Awards, with Newington Armory winning wonder for the natural world. the award in the tourism category. Families can enjoy guided walks The National Trust highlighted through Bicentennial Park or other the Armory’s unique historic and areas of the parklands, discovering educational appeal as reasons unique features and behaviours of for receiving this honour. animals including nocturnal wildlife Don’t miss our Open Days which will in the ‘Park after Dark’ adventure. From spiders spinning their webs to now provide an extended heritage train experience. This enables visitors bats enjoying their evening feed of to find out more about the historical fish – certain occupants of the Park and cultural aspects of the Armory. only come out at night!

Zone development
For large organisations, saving the environment used to be a moral choice but today, it’s also a financial necessity. With energy and water costs set to rise, organisations with positive social and environmental agendas are setting new standards for a greener future.
Charter Hall and AMP Capital Investors have lodged a Development Application with Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources for the development of an advanced $250 million environmentally sensitive office campus at Sydney Olympic Park. From an environmental perspective, the developers have been able to commit to an undertaking to achieve a minimum 4.5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating with a genuine potential to achieve five stars. Some of Zone’s outstanding environmental credentials have been achieved through: • Indirect/direct lighting, with T5 lamps • Use of wind turbines to generate 2.3% of the building’s power requirements • Use of recycled grey water and rainwater, saving up to 100 million litres of potable (drinking) water per annum, or equivalent to 1,300 standard homes (two adults, 2 children) • No PVC cables or piped systems used • Under-floor air conditioning system • Double-glazed curtain wall system During the next 10 years, $1 billion of commercial and residential development is planned for Sydney Olympic Park, creating a township that will be home to more than 15,000 residents and 20,000 workers by 2025.

One of the most advanced suburban office developments ever undertaken in Australia, Zone will comprise three separate office buildings of six levels each, totalling 42,000m2 and 6,100m2 of retail space.
According to Emil Joubert, Director of Charter Hall, the developers returned to the first principles in the design of this exciting new campus and will offer a fresh approach for the new business generation.



Five years on...
Telstra Stadium & Olympic memories
In its five year history, some of the world’s greatest sporting moments have occurred at Telstra Stadium. To mark the Stadium’s fifth anniversary, 20 heart-stopping moments performed by athletes on one of the world’s premier sports stages were recently compiled into a list.
Telstra Stadium Chief Executive Officer Ken Edwards said the return of Cathy Freeman, Scott Sattler, Dawn Fraser, and John Eales to the scene of their triumph brought back some fabulous memories for Australian sports fans and just one ‘nightmare’.
1. Sydney 2000 Olympic Games With 112,000 hearts beating furiously, Cathy Freeman takes 49.11 seconds to cross the line in the 400-metres final, her win sparking unprecedented euphoria and perhaps the longest standing ovation in sports history. 2. Sydney 2000 Olympic Games A memorable Olympic Opening Ceremony culminates in the suspenseful passing of the torch through the hands of one adored Australian female Olympian after another – Who will light the flame? – A roar of approval greets its arrival in Cathy Freeman's hands. Another pulse-quickening moment follows when the cauldron shudders to a halt for 90 frantic seconds before it resumes its ascent to the top of the Stadium.

“Three of those moments made the hearts of Australians beat a little prouder, one made their hearts almost stop for 90 seconds and one broke the nation’s heart,” Mr Edwards said. Park News shares just five of the more memorable moments at the Stadium.


3. 2001 Rugby Union Series A pulsating finale to John Eales' last match as Wallaby captain. With 80 seconds left and 90,000 people urging him on,Wallaby Toutai Kefu bludgeons through four tacklers to plant the ball next to the posts and give revered skipper John Eales the perfect send-off in a 29-26 win over the All Blacks. 4. 2002 State of Origin Queensland snatches a last minute draw to retain the State Of Origin title. NSW had one hand on the State of Origin trophy when the Maroons' Dane Carlaw set sail for the line in the 79th minute, brushing off two defenders on a 40-metre dash that levels the scores and leaves the silverware north of the border. 5. 2003 Rugby World Cup Final After Elton Flatley twice makes pressure kicks to keep the Wallabies alive, desperate Australian defenders can't stop England’s golden boy, Jonny Wilkinson, threading a drop goal from 30 metres to break a 17-17 deadlock with just 30 seconds remaining in extra-time of an epic Rugby World Cup final.

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre – 10 years on, 12 million visitors later.

Birthday festivites will be launched with ‘Sydney’s Biggest Pool Party’’ and followed by a week of celebrations. The Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre has proven to be more than a tourist attraction. It’s home to Australia’s largest swim school and offers a range of programs and activities for both the fun seeker and the aspiring athlete. According to General Manager, Mr Bernard Kenna the complex has experienced 10 successful years of operation and remains a world class facility where people can swim, have fun, get fit or use the unique conference facilities at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Four years on from the phenomenal success of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is preparing for a different kind of celebration. From October 10, 2004 the Aquatic Centre will celebrate with friends and supporters, 10 years of providing fitness and fun to more than 12 million people.


In brief

Drive-in Movies at P5 Carpark

A night at the Drive-in!
One of the precinct’s parking bays came alive throughout May, when the area was transformed into an authentic Drive-in, and hundreds of movie fans enjoyed popular films from the comfort of their very own car. Families and couples nostalgically munched on buttery popcorn as they watched classic films such as Saturday Night Fever and modern favourites such as 50 First Dates and Something Has Got to Give. The site was truly reminiscent of a 1950’s Drive-in. For those who missed out on the Drive-in movies at Sydney Olympic Park, don’t despair, free family movies will be available during the September holidays in The Overflow from September 24 to October 2.

Sydney Olympic Park hotels dominate accommodation market
Novotel and Hotel Ibis Sydney Olympic Park have continued their dominance of the Western Sydney accommodation market in the first 6 months of 2004. The hotels remained one of the top performing accommodation venues in metropolitan Sydney, achieving an occupancy of 75.5% for the January – July 2004 period. This is up 3% on the same time last year. One of the biggest growth areas has been in business events – meetings, tradeshows and conferences. The Manufacturing & Processing, Education & Training, and Hospitality & Tourism sectors were the largest contributors to the successful 2004 results. Close to 45% of the events held in the hotels are repeat business, a testament to their high service standards.

An initiative of the Australian Olympic Committee, the Festival is conducted in cooperation with the National Sporting Federations and attracts athletes from throughout Asia including China, Japan and Korea as well as teams from USA, Canada, New Zealand and other Pacific nations.

Sydney chosen for 2009 World Masters Games
Sydney has beaten Japan and Denmark to host the 2009 World Masters Games, with tentative dates set for October 10 – 19, 2009. Held every four years the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games will be the largest to date, with a record 12,000 international competitors expected. Sydney Olympic Park will be the central location for the Games and the successful bid is another milestone in an already impressive line-up of international sporting games for the precinct.

The Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Young Olympic hopefuls will have their opportunity for Olympic glory during the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. To be held at Sydney Olympic Park from 19–23 January, 2005, the Festival will provide the highest level of international competition to elite junior athletes.

Sports Centre set to bring the action into your lap!
Sydney Razorback and Swift supporters will have extra reason to cheer when the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre installs two large video screens courtside later this year. In a joint investment between Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the State Sports Centre Trust, two 12m2 monstaVision™ MV175 screens have been purchased for the Sports Centre. It will be the first indoor arena in Australia to feature the giant LED Video screens, which will hang in opposite corners and make the experience even more exciting.

Tony Houhlias, Manager Sports Development at Sydney Olympic Park said the record crowds for netball were a direct result of the strong partnership between Sydney Olympic Park and Netball NSW.

Auburn Council and Sydney Olympic Park
The working relationship between Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) and Auburn Council has been further strengthened with the signing of a Statement of Co-operation (SOC) on Thursday 8 July 2004 at Sydney Olympic Park. Mayor of Auburn, Councillor Chris Cassidy and SOPA CEO, Brian Newman said the Statement of Co-operation would enable greater collaboration between the two organisations in planning for the future development needs of the unique 640 hectare precinct which lies within the Auburn local government area. Mr Newman and Cr Cassidy agreed that the Statement of Co-operation would enable SOPA and Auburn Council to work together more effectively to build on current infrastructure and amenities.

Netball double-header at Sydney Olympic Park shatters world record in ticket sales
Netball NSW confirmed the world’s largest netball crowd, with 13,463 tickets sold for the Commonwealth Bank Trophy netball double-header at the SuperDome on Friday 30 July. The record crowd that watched the Hunter Jaegers V Melbourne Kestrels and Sydney Swifts V Melbourne Phoenix easily surpassed the previous record for attendance at netball of 12,000, set at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

“The Statement Of Co-operation demonstrates our joint commitment in achieving shared economic, social and environmental objectives for the Park and for the wider community,” they said.

Events Calendar
Date Event Venue

Sydney Olympic Park looks forward to entertaining and informing you with a host of events in August and September.


Sat 21 Sat 21 Sun 22 Sun 22 Swans v Essendon Pre-Match Celebrity Speakers Dinner Sydney Swans v Essendon Boulevard Market Sydney Royal Tutored Tastebuds Novotel Telstra Stadium Olympic Boulevard Sydney Showground Prepare for a Swans victory at Novotel enjoying our pre-match dinner and guest speaker function in the Ballroom Join in the excitement as the Swannies take on Essendon Taste delicious dishes and stock up on unique homewares If food and wine jargon baffles you, you’ll llearn about the basics of quality food and wine from industry experts Sun 22 Park Rangers Walks & Talks Bicentennial Park Visitor Centre Join in this free exciting introduction to the Black-winged Stilt, a familiar bird seen in the wetlands of Sydney Olympic Park Fri 27 – Sun 29 Fri 27 NRL: Bulldogs v Newcastle Knights Telstra Stadium Netball: Commonwealth Bank Trophy Grand Final Sydney SuperDome

Wed 1 (all of term 3) Wed 1 (all of term 3) Thu 2 – Sun 5 Sat 4 Sun 5 Healthy Active Kids Pee Wee Tennis Programme ABC Gardening Australia Live Supercross Masters Secrets Revealed – Celebrating our Built Heritage Jump Mania Sydney Women’s Hockey League Sydney International Tennis Centre Sydney International Tennis Centre Sydney Showground Sydney SuperDome Newington Armory A multi sport programme for 7-12 year olds. Baseball, hockey, tennis and cricket are among the sports on offer Intro tennis programme will help 4-7 year olds learn about the game. Free child’s racquet and hat when starting first term View stunning show gardens, plant and floral displays, or take advice from the team of gardening experts Frenzied dirtbike action The National Trust Heritage Award-winning venue offers tours, exhibitions, kids activities, train rides, Aboriginal performance, wildlife displays and a fabulous lunchtime concert The toughest trucks on the planet come together for the wildest of two-wheel and four-wheel action Come and enjoy the semi-finals It’s Pooh’s birthday and as his friends throw him a surprise birthday party, many adventures are had along the way See the fastest racquet sport played at top international levels Enjoy the water slide, rapid river ride and ship wrecked island Andrea Bocelli will undertake his first full Australian concert tour, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Come and enjoy the finals Marching band, cultural shows, model search and concert Help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Westmead School holiday program Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue This event includes Australian Championships such as sports acrobatics, cheerleading and team gym Taste delicious dishes and stock up on unique homewares If food and wine jargon baffles you, you’ll llearn about the basics of quality food and wine from industry experts

Sun 5 Sun 5

Sydney SuperDome Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre Sydney SuperDome Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Wed 8 – Sun 12 Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh & the Perfect Day Fri 10 – Sun 12 Sun 12 Fri 17 – Sat 18 Sat 18 Sat 18 Sun 19 Sat 25 – 8 Oct Australian International Open Badminton Competition Pumped Up Sunday

Andrea Bocelli – Once in a Lifetime Sydney SuperDome Sydney Women’s Hockey League Plaza Filipino Fiesta Extravaganza Teddy Bear’s Picnic Kids in the Park Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre Sydney SuperDome The Overflow Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls Olympic Boulevard Sydney Showground Telstra Stadium

Sat 25 – Sun 26 The South Pacific Dancesport Championships Sat 25 – Sat 2 Oct Sun 26 Sun 26 Sun 26 2004 Gymsport Spectacular Boulevard Market Sydney Royal Tutored Tastebuds NRL Preliminary Final

For more information, including other major events being held at Sydney Olympic Park telephone 9714 7300 or visit

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