After many years, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project (TSRC) is nearing completion of the construction phase. TSRC is a 41 kilometre bypass just to the north of Toowoomba and it is the largest road construction project in regional Queensland. Peter Sparshott presents two unexpected finds on the Range Crossing; one cultural, one scientific
The cultural find was a coin hoard which was found in two locations, site B had 463 coins and site B 5214 coins. The coins dated between 1910-1940 with the majority being 2 shilling Florins. Just like the original placement of these coins, the recovery had many twists and turns and the final resting place for these coins is still to be determined.
The scientific find on the TSRC relates to the enormous amount of knowledge that was gained in relation to a small legless lizard, Delma torquate (the Collared Delma). The Collared Delma is a species that is protected by both Federal and State legislation. As a result of this project, a major translocation project was undertaken, which resulted in many new and interesting facts about this very rare and cryptic lizard.