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Urban Green Space Discovery Day

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Coal Load Centre for Sustainability

Balls Head Drive

Waverton, NSW 2060

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Urban Green Space Discovery Day

Urban green spaces are important places for our community and wildlife. The Urban Green Space Discovery Day aims to explore the role of urban green spaces and their benefits including improvements to our health and wellbeing, social interactions and connection with place. It will also explore the unique ecology and wildlife of Balls Head Reserve and its Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural and heritage values.


9.00am: Welcome to the Coal Loader

The morning will start at the Sustainability Centre, providing you with an introduction and overview on the day’s events including workshops, talks, walks and activities.


9.00am - 11.00am: Know your Local Insects and Pollinators Workshop (2 hrs)

This family friendly workshop will introduce you to the type of insects and particularly the pollinators that are found at the Coal Loader and surrounding Balls Head bushland. Participate in sweep netting techniques; learn how to identify the local insects using guides and microscopes and undertake scientific recording methods. This hands on session will also provide you with an overview on the types of plants and habitat features required to recruit insect pollinators along with practical ways you can build artificial habitats such as insect hotels. Places are limited, so please register your attendance.


9.00am - 10.30am: Wellness Walk - Relax and Restore with Nature (1.5 hrs)

Wellness walking is the practice of moving mindfully in nature. It is the antidote to our high-stress, fast-paced modern lives, helping us to think about slow living. Also known as nature and forest therapy, this restorative nature walking is informed by the Japanese practice of "shinrin yoku," or “forest bathing”. This is not a strenuous hike, or informative naturalist walk. Rather, it is an opportunity to slow down and allow nature to enter your body through all your senses. Places are limited, so please register your attendance.


11.15am - 12.15pm: Aboriginal Cultural Walk (1 hr)

Balls Head and the surrounding Sydney Harbour has a rich Aboriginal history and heritage. The Aboriginal Heritage Office will be presenting a guided walk and talk at Balls Head Reserve. The talk will include information about the culture and heritage of this reserve and the broader environment of Saltwater Country.


12.30pm - 1.00pm: Are Your Soils Healthy? (talk includes free soil and house dust testing)

At this talk will be introduced to the role that soil and house dust plays in our understanding of our urban environment. Environmental Scientists from Macquarie University will talk about the importance of maintaining soil health for your health and how soils and house dust can impact your health. The talk will also include a demonstration of soil and house dust testing techniques.

Bring along your garden soil and house dust samples for free testing! All you need to do is bring along about a cricket ball size amount of soil or golf ball size of house vacuum dust. Put in a ziplock bag and seal


1.00pm: Lunchtime Family Fun Activities

Create your own clay critter or wander through the Education Centre and participate in a range of fun activities appealing to all ages. As part of the information displays and local hands-on expertise, learn about the Macquarie University’s research projects, National Parks Association's Dragon Project, how to Scoop the Poop and more.


1.45pm - 3.45pm Nature Walk around Balls Head (2 hrs)

Enjoy a nature trail walk around Balls Head and learn about the areas natural values and scientific data that Macquarie University and North Sydney Council are collecting.

The nature trail provides an opportunity to open up questions and discussions about the area. Topics of discussions will range from the types of reptiles found at Balls Head and their habitats needs, the role of artificial habitats such as the historic wharf in supporting sea life, the type of plants found at Balls Head and the resources they provide, the role of green space to help improve health and wellbeing and much more…


What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, water bottle and sturdy walking shoes.

Contact: For more information or to register your attendance for the Pollinator Workshop and Wellness Walk where places are limited, contact Waminda Parker on 9850 4258 or waminda.parker@mq.edu.au


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