Fire recovery funding to help Gilmore Creek landholders support rare frog

Riverina Local Land Services is offering funding to landholders to undertake works on the Gilmore Creek, and streams and gullies flowing into the Creek, to help protect a rare species of Frog.

Gilmore Valley was heavily impacted by the Dunns Road Bushfire in early 2020. The fire had a huge impact on landholders, the local environment and the plants and animals it supports, including the critically endangered booroolong frog (Litoria booroolongensis).

The Gilmore Creek is one of only a handful of streams in the Riverina region that provide habitat for this iconic frog species, said Senior Land Services Officer, Cherie White.

“The booroolong frog lives and breeds along rivers and creeks, so when natural disasters hit like bushfires, it can be heavily impacted by erosion and sedimentation,” Ms White said.

“We will be working with Gilmore Creek landholders to implement a range of work to support the booroolong frog, and are inviting people to find out more on our website.”

To help restore the frog’s habitat, Riverina Local Land Services is offering funding to landholders in the Gilmore Valley to:

  • reduce stock access through fencing and alternative stock water
  • rehabilitate creek banks through planting native trees and shrubs, woody weed removal and small scale bank stabilisation.

The funding has been sourced from the Australian Government as part of a program to assist recovery from the 2020 bushfires.

Landholders interested in participating should contact Cherie White, Senior Land Services Officer on 0427 407 126 or email cherie.white@lls.nsw.gov.au

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