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 Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 5 probably the start of that sort of co-ordination. I also think that we would probably get if we could start that off, and as I say, I think we have actually started off, the difficult thing is trying to get researchers in other parts of Australia to pay attention to this. I mean were interested in the Northern Territory obviously but obviously the toads are mostly through Queensland now and we can learn a lot from you know, bringing in people who that have faced this over there and learn from their experiences. We are tending not to do that, weve tended to sort of try and sort the problem out ourselves, so I think theres probably quite a lot of cross pollination we can do that way and I really do think it needs you know, someone somewhere is going to have to bite the bullet and say, right the co-ordinations going to be done this way and maybe if this group suggests, orders, makes an imperative, recommend, thats the word I was searching for. Madam CHAIR: We recommend parliament. Mr BALDWIN: You know, I mean were a short term, the Environment Committee will probably in the foreseeable future will always be there but for it to get into the hands on stuff, it just wont happen, it needs to recommend something that goes forward so I was interested in your views of what you see that being and who might be involved given that cane toads are a bigger problem than just the Territory. Dr LAWSON: Oh, yeah, most certainly. Madam CHAIR: One of the things that this committees already considering is the scope I guess of that collaboration and one of the suggestions thats been put to us is it would have to include organisations such as Caring For Country through the Northern Land Council, that theyre successful on the ground models and that they could have a role, what would you think about the viability of that suggestion? Dr LAWSON: I dont think you can actually do anything about cane toads unless you did involve someone like the Caring For Country unit, after all we work very closely with them on all sorts of things like the quoll translocations we couldnt have done that without that co-ordination and I think the old idea that you know Parks and Wildlife somehow has to do the wildlife stuff on its own is gone. If it hasnt gone it certainly should have gone and I think there are a lot of people out there with very high skill levels in all sorts of different ways that could help to get the message across to communities, particularly remote communities but you know, you can actually learn to live with cane toads for instance, you might not like it but they are coming, there is nothing you can do about that, so learn to live with it and I think we can help people to understand that they can live with it. Dr WOINARSKI: But more so than most issues, most environmental issues, I think the research on the impacts of cane toads has been