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

Little striped hero may save Burrum Heads waterhole

EDITORIAL: There's a hole in the Burrum Coast National Park.

It's there because good Samaritan Doug Waters, who was fined for damaging the park by rescuing stranded motorists, dug it to fix a public road.

Firefighters love it - to state the obvious, having water handy in a forest is good if you want to put out a fire.

The State Government doesn't like it and is hitting Mr Waters up for $3300 to fill it in this Thursday.

Now a tiny, stripey amphibian - Crinia tinnula, the wallum froglet - has stepped in to (maybe) save the day.

This cute frog - also known as the tinkling froglet - has put his little body on the line. Wildlife activists confirmed a sighting of the wallum froglet at the waterhole yesterday, and say it must not be filled in because the wallum froglet is a vulnerable species which, of course, no one wants to croak.

Bad puns aside: it might be wise for Parks and Wildlife Services to take a pause and reconsider the value of the hole.



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