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Tiny vulnerable frog lives in that illegal park waterhole

A tiny frog may yet halt government plans to fill in a waterhole dug by Burrum Coast National Park resident Doug Waters.
A tiny frog may yet halt government plans to fill in a waterhole dug by Burrum Coast National Park resident Doug Waters. Alistair Brightman

A TINY frog may yet halt government plans to fill in a waterhole dug by Burrum Coast National Park resident Doug Waters.

The hole which Mr Waters dug years ago is scheduled to be drained and filled this week - but environmental activists will put up a fight after sighting a wallum froglet - a vulnerable species - at the waterhole.

Mr Waters was ordered to pay more than $3000 to fill the hole that he illegally dug while fixing a road.

A local environmental group has evidence that the waterhole is home to the vulnerable Crinia tinnula, also known as the tinkling froglet.

Wildlife Queensland Fraser Coast branch president Carol Bussey sighted the froglet at the waterhole on Monday.

"You need to protect your frog population to have a healthy environment," she said.

After being told that a frog had been seen at the waterhole, the department in charge of filling the hole stuck to its guns.

Mr Peter Wright, regional director of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, said the hole would still be filled.

"The restoration work to restore a hole dug unlawfully at Burrum Coast National Park will be undertaken in a manner that limits disturbance to wildlife and surrounding vegetation," he said.

The Rural Fire Service said the destruction of the waterhole, the only source of water in the national park, will impact its ability to battle park fires.

Wallum froglet

  • Listed as vulnerable in Queensland
  • Crinea tinnula, also known as the tinkling froglet
  • Grows only to 20mm long
  • Has experienced significant population declines due to habitat loss
The vulnerable Crinia tinnula has been sighted at a Burrum Heads waterhole the government says must be filled in.
The vulnerable Crinia tinnula has been sighted at a Burrum Heads waterhole the government says must be filled in. Queensland Museum

Topics:  burrum coast national park burrum heads frog illegal state govenment waterhole



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