Ribbit: it's so easy being green

They say it’s not easy being green, but it’s getting better if you’re also yellow, have a cream belly, and say ‘ribbit’.

The green and gold bell frog, which once lived in vast numbers along the state’s coast, was thought extinct until they were discovered during the construction of Sydney Olympic Park.

The frog that wears Australia’s national colours had a habitat built for them near the stadium. It is now home to thousands of frogs.

 Strathfield Council is so proud that the municipality is home to such an exclusive breed, it is now using the green and gold bell frog as a symbol on its emails.

They gave consent to Hanna Concrete's development on Juno Parade on the condition that a frog habitat exist there.

When Ports NSW and the Department of Planning pushed forward with plans to build a train and truck station at Enfield Marshalling Yards to link to Port Botany, again the frogs became important.

“They like old, abandoned industrial sites,” said environment consultant Arthur White, who has overseen the plans.

“Construction will begin this year and a major consideration in their plan was the development of long-term habitats to guarantee the survival of the frogs.”

The plan is based on two permanent ponds and a third pond as a reservoir. “This is because of the nature of the frogs, as they like fluctuating water levels,” White says.

A frog corridor made of timber, will facilitate their migration between the existing two-pond home at Hanna Concrete and the newer one at Enfield Marshalling Yards.


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