Nature conservation

Threatened species

Olongburra Frog (Litoria olongburensis)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

The primary threats to this species occur at the landscape scale; climate change, sea level rise, eutrophication and changes to soil and water chemistry.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

NSW North Coast
South Eastern Queensland

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

55% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Liaise with the Rural Fire Service to raise awareness of the fire sensitivity of wallum habitat. Negotiate to ensure that areas of wallum, particularly where the species is known to occur, are not burnt too frequently or intensely. Known populations should be monitored following any fire event to investigate impacts.Area
Investigate the impacts of pest species - gambusia and cane toads - on the health and persistence of known populations. If significant impacts are detected, implement targeted control to remove the pest species.Site
Liaise with relevant land managers (e.g. local government) of coastal wetlands and swamps to ensure that hydrology remains intact in areas of known key habitat. Negotiate to prevent draining of important swamps where it can be avoided, or altering the amount of water available to ephemeral swamps.Site
Trial types of roadside exclusion fencing. Work with relevant authorities (e.g. local government, Roads and Maritime Services) to implement mitigation measures such as fencing, signage, targeted speed restrictions or road crossings at key locations to minimise road mortality.Area
Encourage landholders to enter agreements, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote the protection and sensitive management of wallum/wetland habitat, including maintaining hydrology and preventing eutrophication and pollution.Site

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

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