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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

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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

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Tabled Paper 1123

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2003-10-16

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Tabled by Delia Lawrie

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/307061

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/346011

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Written Submissions Power & Water Corporation Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 127 Finally, whilst it is not anticipated to cause any harmful impact on the water quality from Darwin River Dam for water supplies, there will almost certainly be an impact on the near shore habitat and native species currently within that zone. With that view Power and Water intends to engage with the Parks and Wildlife Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment and research bodies (such as Northern Territory University) to more fully understand and monitor those impacts. If you have any queries please contact Mr Paul Heaton, Manager Water Facilities on telephone (08) 8924 7359. Yours sincerely Kim Wood AN INVESTIGATION INTO DRINKING WATER QUALITY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CANE TOADS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, MAY 2003 Table of Contents 1....... Introduction.............................................................................................................1 2..........Cane Toads: Background....................................................................................1 3..........Risk to Water Quality ...........................................................................................2 4..........Risk to Environment.............................................................................................3 5..........Conclusion...........................................................................................................4 6..........Recommendations...............................................................................................4 References ......................................................................................................................5 Appendices Appendix 1: List of Personnel Contacted Appendix 2: Comparison of Surface Water Supplies and Treatment Levels in Queensland and the Northern Territory INTRODUCTION This report investigates the possible risks cane toads in the Northern Territory pose to drinking water quality and supply sources. The reason for this investigation is to provide a rationale as to whether the Power and Water Corporation (Power and Water) require to put forward a submission to the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory for an "Inquiry into Issues Associated with the Progressive Entry into the Northern Territory of Cone Toads", The report also provides recommendations for future action by Power and Water on cane toad issues. Introduced cane toads have been identified as an environmental hazard and a major threat to tropical Australian native fauna. Their poison has been the cause of death to most native animals and pets in Australia. The poison does not pose a severe threat to humans, but more of a nuisance. Limited research and experience have also shown that cane toad toxin does not pose a significant risk to water quality in large water


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