Endangered frogs stop work at South Nowra

13 December 2011

Work to upgrade the Princes Highway at South Nowra has been suspended while investigations into a rare frog are carried out on the site.

"Endangered green and golden bell frogs have been found within the boundaries of the upgrade leading to work being temporarily stopped," a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

"Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) carried out a number of specialist ecological studies for the South Nowra project in 2008 and 2009 and at the time no green and golden bell frogs were found.

"The green and golden bell frog is listed as a NSW threatened species and is protected by federal legislation, so a reassessment is now necessary.

"Experts tell us recent heavy rainfall has created perfect frog breeding conditions for these rare little fellows.

"In August 2011 a single green and golden bell frog was found at the site.

“In line with RMS’ best practice approach to environmental management, a plan to minimise the risk of harm to the frog during work was put in place. This included installation of a frog fence," the spokesperson said. 

"Since starting to install the frog fence, more green and golden bell frogs have been found in and around the project boundary. 

"RMS has now instructed its contractor Nace Civil Engineering to stop all work while the impact of the frogs is reassessed against both state and national legislation.

"As a result, no further work can continue on the project until the assessments are completed," the spokesperson said.

“More information is expected early in 2012.”

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