Five Fluffy Cygnets Born at Moore Park’s Kippax Lake in Successful Second Year Environmental Trial

A second year trial of Centennial Parklands’ floating nesting pontoon has produced another successful outcome for a pair of Black Swans in Moore Park’s historic Kippax Lake, with five fluffy cygnets born.

“Kippax Lake is an important heritage feature in Moore Park, but it also plays a critical role for native wildlife,” said Amara Glynn, Environment Officer at Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.

“We introduced the nesting pontoon last year after a park visitor suggested the idea.

“Before it was introduced, the resident swans had an inconsistent breeding history in that area.

They would try and nest on the side of the concrete platform, and while there were some successful breeding seasons, it is not uncommon for dog attacks or flooding to disrupt the nest.

“The arrival of these babies is a triumph for the Parklands team and a great surprise – it is extremely early in the breeding season!

The current pontoon, made of timber and a durable matrix of fibres formed from recycled plastic, will be retired once the cygnets are fledged and mature enough to leave the nest.

A sturdy new and improved pontoon will be established at Kippax Lake in time for the next phase of the breeding season.

For visitors looking to do their bit, Amara has some tips:

“While we’ll continue to monitor the welfare of the new cygnets, we ask park visitors to keep any dogs on a leash and not walk a dog within 10 metres of the lake.

Also please place rubbish in a bin to ensure it does not get washed into the lake and become a choking hazard for any of the wildlife in the area. Everybody can do their part.”

Source: Centennial Parklands


2017/18 Epic Australia Pass: The World's Best Value Ski Pass?

Monday, June 12, 2017 marks the final day to purchase the 2017/18 Epic Australia Pass, Australia’s most valuable ski pass.

Skiers and snowboarders who are planning a ski holiday to North America for the 2017-2018 winter season can lock in the best price on skiing at Whistler Blackcomb – the largest ski resort in North America – Vail, Park City, Breckenridge and more.

Priced at AU$849 for adults, AU$479 for students and AU$566 for seniors, the Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in just under four of days skiing.

The pass is sold exclusively online at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.

Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 10 days at Whistler, Vail and/or Beaver Creek, combined; as well as unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada; and unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher.

Holiday restrictions apply to resort access in North America. With such iconic resorts on one ski pass, the Epic Australia Pass is the best value and most flexible ski-pass for Australians, offering year-round skiing at an unmatched price.

Now is the best time to save on accommodation, as well.

Guests can book early and save. Visit www.snow.com/australia to find discounts of up to 40% off across Vail Resorts’ iconic mountains; but the pass value doesn’t stop there.

Because Vail Resorts’ believes pass holders should get the best perks, all 2017-2018 Epic Australia Pass holders can enjoy an additional 20% off the lowest available accommodation rates in the U.S.A. Additionally, all pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, an exclusive community that helps skiers and snowboarders get even more value out of their pass through exclusive deals on accommodation, airport transfers, mountain dining and more.

Source: Vail Resorts


Women in Science

In December 2016, two of Taronga’s scientists, Belinda Fairbrother and Leanne Everingham, joined 76 other women on a voyage to Antarctica as part of an inaugural global science and leadership program for women in science.

With women still severely under-represented at high levels, the program aims to address barriers to gender equity.

Through leadership coaching and enhancing strategic capabilities, the program is supporting the women into leadership roles globally to ensure the world benefits from some of the best and brightest minds available.

Filmmakers are following the women on their journey. Learn more about the program and the documentary here: ‘Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change’.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn about specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at fhynes@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo


Celebs, Style Stars and Ubiquitous Fashion Bloggers Turn Out for ‘Resort’ Fashion Week Show With Dion Lee the Opening Act

A SOGGY Sydney Sunday didn’t deter the fashion pack from popping on their heels, pulling out their iPhones and swathing themselves in (often borrowed) front-row clothes for the first day of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week.

And what better location to kick off the next week of frock watching than with the dynamic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House as the canvas?

Dion Lee showed his resort 2018 collection, underneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House, paying tribute to a personal involvement the designer shares with the iconic landmark.

In 2010, Dion Lee was the first designer to stage a runway presentation at the famous venue, returning to the site to show again in 2011 and 2014.

This year marks a deepening of Dion’s association with the Sydney Opera House, with the announcement that Lee will design the House’s new uniforms.

Dion, at just 32 years of age, will design a range of uniforms for more than 600 employees, including front-of-house, box office and tour guide staff.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Renewal is transforming the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences, visitors and, most immediately, for the hundreds of staff who make the magic happen on-and-off stage, 363 days a year.

“Dion is one of Australia’s brightest fashion stars whose work draws so beautifully on the sculptural elegance of Utzon’s masterpiece. It will be wonderful to work with him to create a new uniform collection for the people who bring the place to life.”

Within the collection Lee unveiled today, the designer took references from his Australian heritage, layered with the building’s sculptural architecture.

Amazing shades of red, cobalt blue, gold and black stood out against the opera house sail ‘tiles’ with draped, folded, embellished, knotted and tailored pieces along with ear cuffs and natural looking ‘messy’ hair vibe on the models.

Alongside womenswear, Mr Lee also showed his first menswear collection with 10 menswear looks that included constructed tailoring, utility shirting, knitwear and ‘laminated’ outerwear.

The collection also marked the first time all Dion Lee categories appeared together including swimwear and sunglasses alongside collaborations with Akubra for millinery, Sarah & Sebastian for jewellery and RM Williams for boots.

Lee kicked off the most high-profile week on Australia’s fashion calendar with other designers showcasing their resort collections this week, including Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, Sass & Bide, Steven Khalil, Romance Was Born, Bianca Spender, Kitx, We Are Kindred, Akira, Ten Pieces, Macgraw, Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber and Kym Ellery.

The recent shift in making resort clothes a focus of the week has brought interest from international buyers, including Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Browns in London.

A handful of international designers will be showing too: Katama by Garrett Neff from the US, V Major out of China and Zambesi from New Zealand.

While Dion used the Opera House as his dramatic backdrop most of the shows will be held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney with the iconic Icebergs at Bondi and the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool in the Domain also gearing up as fashion week venues.

As usual, a sea of fashion bloggers posed around the place, but the really important and influential people are the buyers and bigger picture media companies who have the power to give a designer a serious adrenalin shot in the retail arm.

After today’s first show, the opening night part hosted by Mercedes in the Botanic Gardens, kicked off the apres-show part of fashion week – which for many, is the only reason they attend.

* Mercedes Australian Fashion Week will go from May 14-19 with open-to-the-public shows happening next weekend.

First seen on news.com.au

Source: news.com.au


Taronga Institute Breaks Ground

Construction is underway for the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. Our lead supporters joined Taronga Director and CEO, Cameron Kerr and Chairman of the Taronga Foundation, Maurice Newman, to break ground on-site at Taronga Zoo.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to those who have contributed to this exciting project and look forward to sharing progress of this world-class facility, due to be completed in mid 2018.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn more about the Taronga Institute, or to make a financial contribution, specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at fhynes@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo