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Teddington Weir frog set to make a return to playground

Teddington Weir's concrete frog will be returned to the area's newly constructed playground.
Teddington Weir's concrete frog will be returned to the area's newly constructed playground. Robyne Cuerel

IT READS a little bit like a fairytale - and not one of those pleasant Disney encounters.

It's darker and it's sadder, more like something out of the Brothers Grimm.

A green tree frog sits on the edge of its pond, bothering no one, merely keeping watch for many decades over the children and families that play in its pond.

Like clockwork, once the warmer months roll around, men come and fill his pond with water.

After waiting for the children to arrive all through the winter, the sight of the men fills the frog with joy.

A strong fence is constructed around his pond so it will never be a danger to anyone.

The pond is emptied and refilled regularly and, over many summers, the frog watches the children grow up.

Then they bring their own children to the pond to play.

But one year, no one comes by to fill the pond with water.

Trucks and a tractor appear at the pond one day and people come to sit at the bottom of his pond to try to protect it.

But they are forced to move and then the pond is gone.

He watches as the men and the tractors destroy the only home he has ever known and then he is taken away.

Since then he has been placed in something called "storage".

Fortunately, this fairytale will have a happy ending.

The pond is gone, but the frog will return to his home at the Teddington Weir, Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell says.

It caused outrage when the weir's pool was demolished last month and, understandably, the first question on many people's minds was where would the green frog that used to sit proudly at the top of the pool be taken.

The good news is, while the pool that provided so much fun for young families is gone, the concrete frog will be returned to the area's newly constructed playground.

He will have the privilege of watching many more generations grow and he will be a fond reminder of a time when people could take their children to the weir to play in his beloved pond.

Topics:  council, fair, protesters, teddington weir




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