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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Tiwi Land Council Part I Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 178 premises will progress through quarantine wash down and/or visual inspection before premises being placed in the quarantine holding area. They will then be loaded on the barge in one operation before transport to the Islands. In 2002 we applied for and received funding from the Aboriginal Benefits Account and Indigenous Land Corporation for quarantine activities and facilities. Some of this money was earmarked for public awareness material and activities, which has been carried out. A further $150,000 (ABA) and $80,000 (ILC) was provided for wash-down facilities and associated infrastructure. Our advice at that time was that this would be sufficient for the required facilities. With further research carried out by Professor Mike Tyler and industry representatives, it has now come to light that a suitable wash-down facility that will provide consistent cleaning operations will cost in excess of $300,000. A fenced quarantine holding area with above ground storage and undercover storage is additional. In response to this information, we are currently seeking sponsorship from relevant organisations that may be able to provide materials for the additional infrastructure required, as well as engineering expertise and advice. To date we have had no success. We are committed to keeping cane toads and other pests off the Tiwi Islands, and have received national media attention for our efforts so far. We are also well aware of our time constraints, with the possibility of cane toads reaching Darwin during the 2003/04 wet season, and are making every effort to have facilities in place before that time. Any assistance you may be able to provide through your Committee would be greatly appreciated, and would also support the NT Government's aim to keep offshore Islands cane toad free. If you would like to discuss this personally, our Secretary Land and Resource Development, Kate Hadden would be very happy to talk to you. She can be contacted direct by telephone on 8999 4423. We look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely Frederick Mungatopi Chairman cc. Marion Scrymgour, Member for Arafura
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