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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Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 12 posters maybe about what you can do for your domestic pets. Madam CHAIR: Like wash their mouth out with water straight away, that sort of thing. Dr LAWSON: Yeah, if you see any effects you know I mean there are certain breeds of dog that are more susceptible simply because they have a go at animals more, I mean if youve got a Jack Russell Terrier and you live out at Humpty Doo, you might as well change your dog breed. Madam CHAIR: Ive got a Jack Russell and a Labrador. No, no Labrador will eat anything in sight. Dr LAWSON: Yeah well the Labrador might bring you a few presents in for before he on your carpet yeah so, I mean thats all a social effect you know, it is going to cause a lot of angst you know, a lot of angst. Cats as well. Dr WOINARSKI: Yeah well I think Mathew with respect to that pamphlet, I think weve been to date, hamstrung by the lack of systematic research that was done in Queensland initially. So there wasnt a really good baseline of information from Queensland that we could work from, almost all the material was anecdotal and fairly small scale stuff so that it was possible to read the literature on the scientific impacts of cane toads on wildlife and so that basically theres nothing damming or conclusive about it. Whereas the information were getting now from the Territory is far more systematic and compelling I think and we can state now with far more conviction that weve got a reasonable handle on what the impacts upon wildlife are likely to be, at least for the vertebrates, so that I think the very disparate views that people had about cane toads in the past which ranged from you know this is one of the worst environmental catastrophes thats ever going to happen to Australia to this is entirely benign. Theyre certainly going to narrow it as we are getting far more information available now. Madam CHAIR: And just on the promotional material, its certainly something that the public and the awareness perspective is one of the areas weve been tasked with and Id like to actually invite you to consider any dollar figure to the cost of a promotional campaign, revamping promotional material inclusive of material in language, signage etc because if we receive expert advise in that regard were able to put that into the range of considerations that this committee then makes in terms of recommendations to parliament. Because at the end of the day, we all know peoples ability to respond is often a resource driven issue and we need to, as a committee, start to very, consider the tick tacks to resources.