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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Tabled by Delia Lawrie
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Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 4 interesting, we had Peter in here before we came in, I think we are making greater connections with the university now. I think thats a really good positive thing, not just for cane toads but for a whole host of other things and I for instance am intimately involved now with the, I think they call it the High Level Task Force for putting the university and government together and certainly theres an absolute plethora of ways we can improve on that situation Im sure. The community concerns and expectations in respect to progressive entry: again tied up very much with the environmental education and just the information that the publics getting about cane toads generally, there are things we can do I think, we need to be a bit more proactive as Ive said. Certainly the other problem about something like cane toad is the public tends only to react when they actually see it themselves, so if before, if youre in front of the invasion wave, you tend not to worry about it until you actually see them and I think that certainly Ive seen, you can almost log the phone calls you get from the people that have actually been there, the cane toads roll over their properties and you suddenly get a phone call but the people in Darwin at the moment, they think oh the cane toads coming yes, but what about not enough policemen and things like that, you know the public reacts to more immediate problems that they perceive I think. So thats my quick response to your dot points. Im sure we can expand on some of them. Madam CHAIR: Thank you Dave. Before we go questioning Dave, John do you want to add? Dr WOINARSKI: No, it was a reasonable review. Madam CHAIR: Questions. Mr BALDWIN: Co-ordination? You talked about co-ordinating all of those organisations, whether theyre scientific groups or whatever, how do you see that happening? Dr WOINARSKI: This is one good forum, surely. Dr LAWSON: I think this is the start. I think, like I say, everyone Ive described whats happening here, theyve been very impressed with the idea. I think this is actually something you can build on. I think the actual nuts and bolts of who is involved would probably resolve around some member of Parks and Wildlife being you know sort of directed to take this on as a task, just as a co-ordinator and the reason I say that is because I think people do have an expectation that you know, governments generally should co-ordinate stuff and certainly with the improved relationships and the vastly improved communication with the university, I think thats probably the start of that sort of co-ordination. I also think