Protesters angry but unfazed by suspected frog habitat arson

A SUSPECTED arson attack on the endangered frog habitat at Garnet Lehmann Park has not diminished protesters' resolve to save the park.

Green shoots are already beginning to develop after the creek-side habitat was set alight last week.

East Creek Park Defenders spokeswoman Jenny Wilson said nearby residents were appalled by the attack.

"It appears to be targeted. They've obviously used some kind of accelerant to get a good fire going," she said.

"The outline of the fire goes exactly around the wetlands. We are not blaming council but it is suspicious and we're not happy with their response."

 East Creek Park Defenders spokeswoman Jenny Wilson is wary of the motives behind a suspected arson attack on the frog habitat at Garnet Lehmann Park.
East Creek Park Defenders spokeswoman Jenny Wilson is wary of the motives behind a suspected arson attack on the frog habitat at Garnet Lehmann Park. Chris Calcino

Cr Sue Englart denied any council involvement.

"The burning of a grass area in Garnet Lehmann Park was not carried out by Toowoomba Regional Council staff," she said.

Council was forced to redesign plans to convert the park into a detention basin after Rangeville residents raised alarm over the frog habitat.

Environmental consultants Red Leaf Projects identified four frog species by listening for their calls - the scarlet-sided pobblebonk, common green treefrog, striped marshfrog and the cane toad.

"It is anticipated that in warmer conditions, a number of other species may occur in the area," the report stated.

They also found 62 bird species, bats, crayfish, freshwater shrimp, four fish species and seven breeds of turtle.


Ms Wilson said the East Creek Park Defenders remained steadfast in their efforts to save the park and would prove how much support exists this weekend.

Protesters plan to march from Garnet Lehmann and Ballin Drive parks (also in line for a detention basin) from 9am on Sunday.

The two groups will join forces at Lake Annand Park to take part in World Environment Day celebrations.

For more details add "East Creek Park Defenders" on Facebook.

Topics:  ballin drive park crime detention basin frogs garnet lehmann habitat toowoomba wildlife

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