Sydney Harbour Observatory is launching a crowd funding campaign in late 2016 with the aim to raise $15,000 to fund the maintenance of our sensors. Working closely with the crowd funding platform Ready Fund Go, which which has a special interest in environmental projects, we are inviting the public to join us and become part of our healthy Sydney Harbour community. We have some great rewards up for grabs for all those who donate to the campaign, which will get people involved, educated and active in our Sydney Harbour Observatory project. Fancy a personal tour around the SIMS aquarium and labs? A boat trip on our official research boat to the prettiest spots in the harbour? Always dreamed of being a marine biologist? We can make you one for the day! All these rewards and more will be up for grabs once our campaign is up and running. More news to come soon and a link will be posted to the campaign when it's live. Join us and be part of the team that is keeping Sydney Harbour healthy!
A submission put together by members of the Marine Studies Institute, School of Geosciences was competitively selected from more than 200 “Great Ideas” submitted from around the world to inform the Urban Growth NSW Transformation plan for the multibillion dollar urban redevelopment of the 3 Bays Sydney Harbour precinct.
The idea, “Marine ecological restoration through urban development” was to make use of hydrodynamic and ecosystem models of the harbour developed as part of the Sydney Harbour Observatory to identify the greatest risks to water quality in the 3 bays and evaluate the most effective ways to improve the water quality and increase marine biodiversity in the bays, by incorporating novel water quality improvement aspects in the design and concept phase, such as artificial wetlands, underground storm water filtration units, increased flushing, or in situ sediment remediation.
In addition, the transformation plan itself has also now been released, and ideas from our submission feature heavily throughout the plan, including as one of the 7 guiding principles.
The team included, Professors Ian S.F. Jones, Gavin Birch, and Phil Mulhearn, as well as PhD candidates, Daniel Harrison and Edwina Tanner.