City of Canada Bay Libraries explore space

City of Canada Bay Libraries is set to participate in an international experiment.

Over the next three months, City of Canada Bay Libraries’ Space Science Club will join the International Space Station (ISS) and children from around the world in the ExoLab-10 science experiment, investigating carbon farming and the impacts of microgravity on living plants.

The City of Canada Bay is proud to be able to provide its community access to such an exciting opportunity and STEM learning experience through its public library program at The Connection, Rhodes, and participate in this experiment alongside schools around the country and the world.

City of Canada Bay Libraries has partnered with Fizzics Education and to run the Space Science Club after school program and undertake the ExoLab-10 mission in conjunction with ISS.

Children participating in Space Science Club will use real scientific equipment to try to identify the perfect combination of legume, Rhizobia bacteria, and soil to produce root nodulation in plants in the harsh environment of microgravity. Results of their ground control experiments will be compared with those from the ISS, contributing to important data and learnings about the carbon storing potential of plants, soil rejuvenation, and food and nutrition – both for astronauts in deep space and addressing hunger here on Earth.

"We're excited to be bringing real space science to the City of Canada Bay community!” said Ben Newsome Managing Director of Fizzics Education.

“The children attending the Space Science Club not only get to be involved in a real experiment happening on the International Space Station, but we get to learn from them as the Artemis Generation; what they hope space science will achieve for them now and into the future.

“The kids are our next generation of STEM experts, and it’s their hopes and aspirations that will drive innovation in the near future. We're proud to be working with the City of Canada Bay to provide an avenue for their development.”

As part of the Space Science Club program, students will have access to talks from NASA experts and mission updates from an astronaut on the ISS. Sessions kick off on Monday, 17 October and registrations are now open on our website.

This event forms part of a schedule of programs focused on STEM learning at the City of Canada Bay Libraries, including the recent successful 2022 Science Week events.

Staff withe ExoLab device

Drummoyne Oval welcomes solar installation with Australian sports stars

Two solar power systems with batteries have now been installed at Drummoyne Oval through the Cricket for Climate.

In a movement spearheaded by Australia’s Test cricket captain Pat Cummins, Cricket for Climate has co-funded the installation of 40kW of solar and two 13.5kW batteries valued at a total of $75,000 at City of Canada Bay’s historic Drummoyne Oval.

“This is a landmark investment into one of Sydney’s great sporting facilities thanks to the advocacy of leading Australian athletes,” said City of Canada Bay General Manger John Clark.

“Drummoyne Oval is a much-loved community sportsfield and we are proud to be collaborating with some of our country’s best athletes and the community to make it a more environmentally friendly facility,” he said.

Cricket for Climate aims to make cricket in Australia carbon neutral by 2030 and inspire people to commit to caring for our environment. Australian cricketers Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy nominated Drummoyne Oval, home ground of Sydney Cricket Club, to receive support to fund the installation of solar and contributed their own funds to the project.

“Sport is such an important part of Australian culture, it makes sense to ensure our sports facilities are sustainable and it’s great to see professional athletes concerned about reducing the carbon footprint of their sport,” said Clark.

“At the City of Canada Bay, we are pleased to be able to help raise awareness of the benefits of solar power in collaboration with Cricket for Climate.”

Installing solar is a great way to cut your carbon emissions and energy bills by reducing the power you buy from the grid. Installing solar at Drummoyne Oval will assist Council to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2030, and is a great example of how local government, the community and the professional sports industry can work together to create a sustainable future for everyone.


Drummoyne Oval solar panels on roof