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Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003



Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003

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Written Submissions NT Chamber of Commerce & Industry Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 101 attractions. Of particular concern are the impacts on 'affluent adventurers', who are particularly attracted to pristine environments. Cane toads will certainly impact Northern Territory businesses in relation to requirements for sound and current toad management advice. Without appropriate governmental support structures and mechanisms, cane toad management will be of particular concern to tour operators, wildlife park operators, crocodile farmers and certain livestock farmers. Some business requirements, in relation to cane toads, are as follows: 1. A need for a central co-ordination point on cane toad issues, maintaining an accessible and comprehensive knowledge base. 2. A formalised set of networks and forums that enable information flow (both nationally and Territory-wide). These are important tools to help manage the risks to businesses from cane toads. Problems, solutions and issues can be quickly discussed by like-minded people and acted upon. This will provide businesses with a process for effectively addressing unforeseen problems. 3. Standard procedures and advice on issues relating to handling, control, quarantine, isolation and health. We strongly encourage the NT Government to: 1. Dedicate resources to the establishment of a Northern Territory co-ordination point for cane toad issues. This should service the whole of the Northern Territory. 2. Establish a network with all state governments affected by cane toads. 3. Establish or participate in national cane toad networks, to combine the efforts and resources of researchers, businesses and individuals across Australia who have an interest in cane toads. 4. Develop and publicise standardised and practical procedures for addressing with the health, handling and control aspects of cane toads. 5. Develop cane toad eradication, quarantine and control measures in close consultation with businesses and industry representatives. The NTCCI strongly feels that cane toads in the Territory present some very serious issues that can only be addressed by people, business and government working together. The NTCCI has a great deal of experience in information dissemination, event management and networking as well as facilitating co-operation and co-ordination between business and government. With this in mind, the NTCCI is keen to offer its support and services where necessary to address the threat of cane toads in the Northern Territory.

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