Professional Development

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WET Workshop for Professionals

Wetlands for Blue Carbon: obligations and opportunities

3 March 2017

What is Blue Carbon?There is increasing interest in the potential for Blue Carbon to become a financing mechanism for the conservation and restoration of saline wetlands. It encompasses the natural way that coastal vegetated environments capture and store atmospheric carbon. Mangrove, saltmarsh and seagrass are considered the most efficient saline ecosystems for sequestering or storing carbon.

Who should attend and why?
Whether you are a manager, ecologist, technician or a custodian of a wetland, attendance at this one-day intensive workshop will provide an essential snapshot of Blue Carbon and highlight key reasons why this relates to your management responsibilities for such environments. The workshop will also play a vital role in promoting the importance of their protection and conservation opportunities. It will take you through some simple techniques that are applicable in estimating Blue Carbon in your wetland. You will learn some ways of undertaking adaptation measures for enhancing Blue Carbon efficiency by your wetlands. The recent trend in Blue Carbon market will be also introduced. You will be networking with regional and global leaders in Blue Carbon studies and meeting with local champions in this field.

All of our programs are highly interactive and hands-on. This workshop will include field-based case studies in wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park and elsewhere.


There is no specific pre-requisite for this workshop. Preliminary understanding of estuarine, coastal and marine environments will be an advantage in following the talks and tutorials.

About the speakers

Top scientists and industry leaders in this emerging field will deliver the talks and tutorials. Academic from several universities and experts and managers from State and Commonwealth agencies will share their latest experiences in this field. 

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  • Date: 3 March 2017, 8.45am - 5pm
  • Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park
  • Cost:
    Registration Day rate :
    Regular $440 + GST
    Concession $370 + GST
    Fees include workshop, lunch, field studies, workshop notes and field excursions.
  • Bookings close: Registrations close on 17 February 2017. Limited places are available. Refunds are conditional.

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For more information email or call 02 9714 7888.

Organised by Sydney Olympic Park Authority, in association with:

Macquarie University, University of Wollongong and GreenFleet

The Koori Classroom - Incorporating Aboriginal Content and Perspectives into your Teaching

12 May, 4 August or 17 November 2017, 8.30am-3pm

The new Australian Curriculum prioritises the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives as one of three major cross-curricular themes. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority aims to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge traditions. So how do classroom teachers achieve this when they are already time-poor and often faced with either too little resources or conflicting information? How do teachers decide relevance and develop confidence in this complex learning area?

The Koori Classroom Professional Development Workshop unpacks how school education programs at Sydney Olympic Park have been authentically infused with Aboriginal and Torres Trait islander perspectives – connections to country and place; Aboriginal history, science and knowledge traditions. Our journey in curriculum design, resource gathering and network building will provide a pathway for you to do the same in your classroom and local environment. Meet Shannon Foster, D’harawal educator and gain ‘inside information’ about culture, science, language and sustainable use of local resources by Aboriginal people. The wetlands and woodlands of Bicentennial Park provide a living case study which will we will use to engage you throughout the day.

This workshop will cover cultural and ethical considerations, with practical cultural interpretation sessions showcasing Aboriginal use of native flora and fauna. Essentially, the day is about demystifying this curriculum priority through purposeful networking and open resource sharing. You will leave the workshop with increased subject knowledge, a fresh ‘community of practice’ and renewed confidence to infuse your own programs with engaging, authentic, Aboriginal content.

  • Cost: $180 + gst (includes morning tea and lunch)
  • Bookings: For more information email or call 02 9714 7888
  • Date of Workshops: 12 May, 4 August and 17 November, 2017
  • Bookings Close: 27 April (for May workshop), 21 Jul 2016 (for August workshop)  or  2 November 2016 (for November workshop)
  • Where: Education Centre at Bicentennial Park

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Completing the Koori Classroom Teacher Professional Learning Workshop will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.4.2, 2.4.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Meet Shannon Foster

Wetland Education and Training Workshops

Sydney Olympic Park offers several Wetland Education and Training (WET) workshops each year. WET Workshops are for professionals who:

  • work in wetland management
  • work in the academic and/or policy arena.

WET Workshops aim to:

  • share scientific research findings
  • successfully apply those findings to the management of Sydney Olympic Park and other wetlands.

The Wetland Workshops training program builds skills in assessment, planning, restoration, monitoring and management of aquatic ecosystems and resources.

Tutorials and field studies are conducted by practising ecologists and wetland experts.

Bookings: 02 9714 7888

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