400 students create giant froglet

02 June 2016

About 400 Thurgoona students created a giant mosaic of Sloane’s Froglet at Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre in honour of World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June.

Students aged from 8-15 years created the super-sized artwork of a Sloane’s Froglet, which is a threatened species and local resident.

The project was jointly organised by AlburyCity and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Created by Thurgoona artist Vicki Luke, the mosaic was so large that a helicopter was used to capture aerial photographs.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said the event aimed to get students involved in understanding the importance of working together to protect local threatened animals.

“The enormous mosaic is a great way to involve the young community in learning how to help protect threatened plants and animals in their neighbourhood,” Cr van de Ven said.

The frog was made using a series of colourful boards carefully painted by volunteers from the Albury Volunteer Resources Bureau.

The children, from three local schools, Thurgoona Public School, Border Christian College and Trinity Anglican College, formed the surrounding habitat.

OEH Senior Threatened Species Officer Dr Dave Hunter said the Sloane’s Froglet is a small frog which breeds in shallow winter flooding wetlands.

“The Albury suburb of Thurgoona is home to the largest population of Sloane’s Froglets in NSW which makes this area extremely important for the species overall survival in the wild,” Dr Hunter said.

“The mosaic is the centrepiece of the day, children will also participate in a number of fun activities exploring local threatened species such as the squirrel glider, corroboree frog, spider orchid and woodland birds.”

400 NSW students create Sloane's Froglet mosaic - World Environment Day 2016 #SavingOurSpecies timelapse video from OEHmedia on Vimeo.