Sydney Olympic Park’s Iconic Frogs Prioritised with a New Status
Sydney Olympic Park’s pioneering frog habitat creation and management techniques has resulted in its new status as a priority managed site under the NSW Government Saving Our Species program, which also recognises the Park as home to the largest remaining Sydney population of the Green and Golden Bell Frog.
The endangered Green and Golden Bell frog colony at Sydney Olympic Park has benefited from over twenty-years of ecological restoration work, now undertaken by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, transforming former industrial land into 120 hectares of prime frog habitat including seventy specially constructed frog ponds.
Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Senior Threatened Species Officer Deb Ashworth thanked the Authority for their valuable conservation efforts, which have greatly increased the long-term survival of this species.
"The Saving Our Species program recognises the successful habitat restoration at this site and has committed $5k in funding for education programs and workshops," Dr Ashworth said.
"This site is by far the largest remaining population of the Green and Golden Bell Frog in the greater Sydney Region and joins only seven other Green and Golden Bell Frog priority managed sites across NSW.
"The Authority's frog habitat creation and management techniques are pioneering. They have created a unique frog sanctuary with a network of purpose-built ponds and wetlands that the frogs now call home and where successful breeding has occurred," Dr Ashworth said.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority's Senior Manager Environment & Ecology Kerry Darcovich said her ecology team welcome the Park's new status as a priority managed site.
"We are delighted as it signals continued management for frog conservation at this site and recognises the importance of the site for the species," Ms Darcovich said.
"Sydney Olympic Park is a living case study of bell frog habitat management techniques and offers a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge. Educational workshops that bring land managers and scientists together will help conservation of this species across New South Wales.
"Sydney Olympic Park's habitats also play an important ecological role for other animals and plant species including over a quarter of all bird species found in Australia, ten species of insectivorous bats, extensive mangrove wetlands and critically endangered remnant eucalypt forest," Ms Darcovich said.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority aims to protect and enhance the Park’s rich biodiversity, which includes 304 hectares of wetlands, forests and grasslands that house over 400 native plant species and 200 native animal species including the Green and Golden Bell Frog.