A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR TWO THREATENED FROG SPECIES
The future for two endangered frog species is looking brighter with just under $150,000 allocated for conservation projects for the Fleay’s Barred Frog and the Richmond Range Mountain Frog, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton announced.
“Australia has many unique frog species, but they are also very delicate creatures and sensitive to change in their environment,” Mr George said.
“This funding will complement and boost existing work being done to help these frogs under the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species program.
“The new projects will closely monitor these two frog species so we can better understand their habitat and the diseases impacting their survival.”
Dr David Newell from Southern Cross University will be working alongside the Office of Environment and Heritage to deliver these projects. Ms Upton said that the partnership with Dr Newell was key to the success of these projects.
“Dr Newell has been undertaking long-term monitoring and ecological research into amphibians within the World Heritage rainforests of northern NSW for over twenty years,” Ms Upton said.
“Combining Dr Newell’s expert knowledge and expertise with the NSW Government’s contribution of $150,000 for these new projects will help improve the conservation outcomes for these frogs.”
Fleay’s Barred Frog is a large, stream breeding species that has been decimated by the amphibian chytrid fungus, however some populations now appear to be recovering.
“This project will see us tag and recapture individual frogs over time to assess the presence of the fungus each time they are recaptured,” Dr Newell said.
“The Richmond Range Mountain Frog lives in burrows and can be difficult to detect. We will therefore use technology to record and analyse sound recordings to understand their calling behaviour and habitat requirements.”
The NSW Government has invested $100 million over five years in the Saving Our Species program which aims to secure as many threatened species as possible in the wild for the next 100 years.
PHOTO: Dr David Newell – Southern Cross University, Austin Curtin – Nationals’ Candidate for Lismore