New mural unveiled as part of Frog Census program

Melbourne Water, in collaboration with local artists – Bryan Itch, Rich Keville of Textura Arts and Benzo – and Truganina South Primary School have unveiled a new mural featuring the endangered growling grass frog in Truganina.

Funded by Melbourne Water as part of its Frog Census program, the frog mural illustrates the ongoing research and engagement the team has undertaken as part of the Greening the Pipeline project.

Situated directly across from Truganina South Primary School, along the Greening the Pipeline reserve, the mural aims to raise community awareness of the species that inhabit the area.

Melbourne Water Waterwatch Coordinator, James Frazer said the mural highlighted the importance for the ongoing care of our waterways into the future not only for residents but also the species that live in and near Skeleton Creek.

“This stretch of the project is home to a number of different species such as the endangered growling grass frog,” Mr Frazer said. 

“In order to protect the health of our waterways for future generations, we’ve undertaken a number of community engagement activities to educate locals on the significance of this project and how they can do their part to support our work.

“We’ve hosted a series of information sessions with the local school to teach the next generation about frog conservation and the maintenance involved in keeping our waterways healthy and viable for Melbourne’s growing population.”

Gennivieve Collier, visual arts teacher at Truganina South Primary School said the project has empowered the students to drive change in their local community.

“The students have enjoyed learning about frogs and the important role they play in our sustainable future,” Ms Collier said.

The Greening the Pipeline project aims to transform the heritage-listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline reserve along the Federation Trail bike path into a space that connects the local community to transport options in the area and newly established parkland, and integrates a stormwater system to keep the area sustainably green.

This project is a partnership between Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, VicRoads and City West Water and is supported by Greening the West.

For more information, visit greeningthepipeline.com.au