Teaming up to save frogs

ENDANGERED: Work on a five-hectare site south of Oberon will help save a small community of endangered Booroolong frogs.

ENDANGERED: Work on a five-hectare site south of Oberon will help save a small community of endangered Booroolong frogs.

An Aboriginal revegetation team representing the Bathurst and Orange Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) is set to play a key role in habitat restoration for a rare local frog.

The LALC has been contracted by Central Tablelands Local Land Services to coordinate a combined Bathurst and Orange team with extensive experience in native species revegetation and the use of traditional fire burning practices to remove invasive weeds.

“We’ve engaged the LALCs to perform weed control and revegetation works that will support the survival of a small community of endangered Booroolong frogs on the Captain Kings Creek south of Oberon,” senior land services officer Casey Proctor said.

Intensive habitat restoration will take place across a five-hectare site with more than 3000 native seedlings to be planted in autumn 2018.

The team, led by Orange LALC operations manager James Riley, will co-ordinate and manage site preparation and weed control.

“These types of projects enable the Aboriginal community to be on country and have a real input in land management in areas where we would previously never have had an opportunity for access,” he said.

“They also give our Aboriginal workers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and capacity to care for country using traditional methodology and current practice.”

Give our Aboriginal workers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge. - James Riley, Orange LALC

The “Gaambuwananha Ngurambang - Bringing Back Country” revegetation and natural resource management team supports Aboriginal economic development through building business and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

"This project creates opportunities for Aboriginal communities and organisations to build strong working relationships and partnerships with Central Tablelands Local Land Services,” ​Central Tablelands LLS  Aboriginal communities project officer Greg Ingram said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for Bathurst and Orange LALCs to work together.”

Funding has been supplied through Saving our Species, the National Landcare Program, 20 Million Trees and Catchment Action NSW, along with in kind contributions from stakeholders.

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