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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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Title

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

Collection

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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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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

Parent handle

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

Citation address

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

Page content

Dr Freeland Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 148 SUBMISSION NO. 22 Dr Bill Freeland, Private Citizen PO Box 1944 Palmerston NT 0831 28 May 2003 Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development CONTENTS Summary.....................................................................................................................148 Introduction..................................................................................................................150 Northern Territory Involvement in Cane Toad Research and Management.................151 The State of Knowledge of the Cane Toad..................................................................156 Proposals for Cane Toad Management/Control...........................................................156 Researches that Could be Undertaken........................................................................156 Investigating Cane Toad Control..................................................................................161 Working out the Priorities .............................................................................................162 Literature Cited ............................................................................................................164 SUMMARY The Northern Territory has an over twenty-year involvement in cane toad management and research. During that time it contributed more to the cane toad issue than any other State/Territory, and relative to its budgetary capacity, the effort compares favourably with that of the Commonwealth Government. As with all introduced organisms the cane toad has and will continue to impact of the biodiversity of the Northern Territory. While it will never be possible to know the nature and extent of every impact on the Territory's biodiversity, more is known about the cane toad's biology and ecology than virtually any other free living Territory species except rabbits, cats, dingoes and possibly the red kangaroo. There is no known effective method to control cane toads and biological control is a long distant and uncertain future reality. My recommendations for Territory action in relation to cane toads are: continue the provision of information to the public so that people may be informed and supportive of government's actions; continue to remove accidental cane toad incursions well in advance of the existing range;


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