he Olympic Co-ordination Authority has multiple responsibilities, not the least of which is the environment in Homebush Bay, the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, which Games will probably be dubbed "The Green Games".
The bay is the home of the endangered, patriotically-named Green and Gold Bell frog, approximately 300 of which were discovered in 1992 living in a brick pit on the old site.
Litoria aurea grows up to 11cm., large for a frog.
To minimise the impact of necessary Olympic infrastructure development the Olympic Co-ordination Authority has constructed a frog-proof fence to prevent the frogs entering heavy traffic areas and the ever-dangerous construction sites. The Authority has also built underpasses to protect any adventurous frogs from crossing the road.
The Olympic Co-ordination Authority has also protected much diverse wildlife, including 10 species of birds, who mainly migrate from not only Asia but from other parts of the world as well. Protection too for eight species of lizard, four species of bats as well as bushtail and ringtail possums - simply proving that the welfare of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games is not just for competitors and spectators but also for the environment.
Iím David Lord with another Olympic Minute.
Green and Golden Bell Frogs are also being protected on a private property near Gloucester, NSW and another colony of some 150 - 200 frogs is near Avoca Beach on the Central Coast of NSW.
On April 21st, 1999, it was announced that Olympic officials would spend over $900,000 in a scheme which will flood the old brickpit for water recycling purposes. The frogs have increased six-fold in numbers in the last five years and some 150 frogs will have to be moved to higher ground.