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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Slimy world of politics relief FIONA BRADY The Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW meets this Friday at 6.30pm in Building 22, end of Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park. Visit www.fats.org.au The real underbelly of a frog (above) and Matey (left). Pictures: PHIL BLATCH IF there was a frog version of Survivor, this frog would be a hot contender. After having boiling water and bleach accidentally poured on him when he ventured into a laundry drain, poor Matey survived, but was left with a bleached white head -- not a good look for a green tree frog (Litoria caerulea). But 10 years later, he's lean, green and healthy once again says his proud owner and rescuer, Ashfield councillor Monica Wangmann. ''While they are the first to die when the environment is poor, frogs fight hard to recover from accidents, they're very deter- mined to live,'' she said. A committed frogophile, Cr Wangmann is a member of the Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW who meet in Sydney Olympic Park. She produces their magazine, Frogcall, six times a year. She said the group was ''ex- tremely diverse''. ''From people like me with no credentials, to children and a lot of people in the scientific community are members,'' she said. The group doesn't just discuss animal husbandry issues, but also carry out research and monitor- ing of frog populations -- such as the green and golden bell frogs at Sydney Olympic Park. They're also conservation cam- paigners and do regular field trips and rescues. Last Thursday, Cr Wangmann rescued three white-lipped tree frogs (Litoria infrafrenata) from the banana room at Flemington Markets. She estimates they rescue about 200 to 300 a year to prevent the translocation of frogs. ''We offered (to do it) with the approval of the Department of Agriculture and National Parks,'' she said. ''They approved us to formally go there to rescue the frogs, to put them in quarantine and then pass them on to our members.'' She said her frog hobby gave her a break from the -- some would say -- slimy world of politics. ''It's a lovely change,'' she said. ''Frogs are quite endearing crea- tures and most people really like them,'' she said. Chaplain talks to men's group A PARATROOPER chaplain will be the speaker at Saturday's breakfast meeting of the Bede Men's Network. Until 2007, Tim Booker was chaplain to the 700 men of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regi- ment and served in Iraq, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He conducted the funerals for Privates Jake Kovco and Jamie Clarke. He said a surface-to-air missile attack on his chopper over Baghdad brought his own mor- tality into sharp focus. The Bede Men's Network meets from 8am to 10am this Saturday in St Bede's Hall, 21 College St, Drummoyne. Cost: $5. To RSVP, call James on 9181 1653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gain an insight to Y generation LEARN how to connect with Gen- eration Y at the next meeting of the Small Business Book Club on Wednesday, June 10 at 6.30pm. The speaker is Michael McQueen, author of The 'New' Rules of Engagement, --a n insightful and entertaining look at what drives and defines Gener- ation Y. Whether you're looking to em- ploy, sell to or simply interact with the Gen Y audience, come along to this free event at Concord library. Bookings are essential. To re- serve your place, phone Canada Bay Council's economic develop- ment unit on 9911 6555 or book on the council's website at www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au BIRKENHEAD POINT SHOPPING CENTRE Shop 113 (opposite Coles) Ph: 9819 6507 NAVEL ORANGES COCKTAIL POTATOES QLD BLUE PUMPKIN BEANS FRESHquality always at low PRICES 99c per kilo 49c per kilo whole $149 500gm pkt Convenient Parking Specials are valid from Thurs 4th till Sunday 7th June, 2009 or until stocks last $149 per kilo bag 2029204i iww wk49 une Long Weekend Trading Times
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