Acid Frog Habitat Management

Assessment of Wallum Sedge Frog pond hydroperiod | Acid Frog Management Plan

Purpose

The proposed Caloundra South Urban Development Area incorporates threatened acid frog habitat. An assessment of the existing Wallum Sedge Frog pond hydroperiod was undertaken to ensure future constructed habitat ponds provide the correct hydraulic regime for colonisation and continued habitat post development. An Acid Frog Management Plan was completed to protect three acid frog species, all listed as vulnerable under the Nature Conservation Act, 1992, one also listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act,1999.

Objectives

  • Installation of water level loggers at key Wallum Sedge Frog habitat sites›Analysis of logger data and provision of technical information
  • Consideration of relevant statutory and legislative requirements›Presentation to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Federal Government)
  • Development of a range of mitigative measures to address identified potential impacts

Partners & Stakeholders

  • Stockland – Sunshine Coast
  • BMT-WBM

Outcomes

  • Provision of Wallum Sedge Frog habitat construction brief outlining design, monitoring and maintenance requirements
  • Development of a comprehensive Acid Frog Management Plan containing a set of mitigative measures, monitoring requirements and asset handover information.

Project Facts

Client: Stocklands

Challenges: Working in a dynamic and highly modified tidal zone.