13.9 C
Byron Shire
April 17, 2021

Frog Pod to help save threatened species

Latest News

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Other News

The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastadry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith...

Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

Getting the right stuff in your bins in the Tweed

Tweed Council is asking residents to be more careful with what waste they put in which bin – a surprising amount of the area's refuse, both recycling and landfill, ends up in the wrong receptacle.

My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

Macadamia Castle supervisor Georgia Shapter with a red eyed green tree frog.
Macadamia Castle supervisor Georgia Shapter with a red-eyed green tree frog.

A new attraction at Macadamia Castle at Knockrow will become part of a network of conservation facilities aimed at saving endangered frogs.

The Castle’s ‘frog pod’ is one of six in Australia and just 22 worldwide.

Castle owner Tony Gilding said the pod would initially display five local species including the critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog, and the locally threatened Tusk Frog.

At the unveiling of the frog pod yesterday, Dr David Newell, a lecturer a the school of environment, science and engineering, said he had been studying frogs in northern New South Wales for more than 20 years.

Dr Newell said one quarter of all species were of conservation concern.

Particularly at risk were the stream-dwelling species, which make up 20 per cent of all species yet accounted for nearly half of those in danger.

Taronga Zoo frog expert Michael McFadden told visitors that more than 120 species had disappeared across the world in recent years, many the victim of a disease called amphibian chytrid fungus.

Another expert, David Hunter, a threatened-species officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, said captive populations were needed to breed endangered species.

‘There is no other pod in northern NSW yet we have many threatened species in this region,’ Dr Hunter said.

‘This is a fantastic setup, which will help expose the public to some of these issues.’

The pod is actually a 12-metre shipping container; refurbished and purpose fitted-out as a research, rescue and release facility.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Common courtesy

Anonymous, Byron Bay First of all, thank you to those customers who did the right thing and wore their masks in hospitality venues on the weekend. However,...

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane blocked drains are the tip...

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith Calls for More Fairness’) in...

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration of women and protection of...