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 Threatened Species Network Alice Springs Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 133 SUBMISSION NO. 17 World Wide Fund for Nature: Arid Rangelands - Threatened Species Network, Alice Springs Ms Colleen OMalley, Threatened Species Co-ordinator PO Box 2796 Alice Springs, NT 0871 20 May 2003 Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development re: Inquiry into Issues Associated with the Progressive Entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads Dear Committee The Threatened Species Network (TSN) is grateful for the opportunity to comment on issues of concern relating to cane toad invasion in the NT and commends the committee for recognising the seriousness of the issue and for initiating this public inquiry. TSN is very concerned about the impacts of cane toads on native fauna and habitat quality for biodiversity generally, and believes that in the absence of any intervention there are threatened or rare species such as the Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) whose survival on the NT mainland is under serious threat. The Threatened Species Network would like to make the following recommendations with regard to critical actions that need to be implemented to reduce the potential impacts of cane toad invasion on biodiversity, and in particular on rare or threatened species and on habitat critical to their survival. RECOMMENDATION 1 That the NT government invest in biosecurity and education programs aimed at ensuring cane toads do not invade islands that may play a critical role as potential refuge areas for biodiversity negatively impacted by cane toad invasion on the mainland Given the absence of effective control or exclusion measures for cane toads, the most critical action needed is to implement rigorous quarantine measures and education programs to ensure toads do not colonise islands in the Northern Territory that may provide potential refuge for species likely to be seriously impacted on due to toad colonisation of mainland habitats. Partnerships between NT government agencies, Aboriginal Councils and Traditional Owners responsible for particular islands will be necessary to ensure sound understanding of biosecurity proposals for island habitats and to manage procedures for transport of cargo and people between islands and the mainland. Similarly there will need to be education campaigns targeting the onshore fishing industry and recreational boating groups to prevent inadvertent introduction of toads to islands.
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