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 23 Dr WOINARSKI: Hes University of Sydney. And theyve got one of the worlds best data sets on water pythons, theyve marked every individual basically for the last 15 years. Thats extraordinary and hes trying to demonstrate that theres rapid evolution in terms of adaptation to cane toads. Mr BONSON: I take it that you guys would be interested maybe in sitting in a big round table having all the people thats presenting evidence to us, having big brainstorm session about where we could go from here? Rather than at the moment, were individually getting piece meal evidence from different organisations. I always find that sometimes its good to get everyone in the same room as well, thatd be interesting. Dr WOINARSKI: It would be great to bring all the parts together I think. Mr WOOD: Has there been a cane toad conference at all? Dr WOINARSKI: There was this one at Jabiru that youve got Madam CHAIR: The ERISS report, the workshop? Dr WOINARSKI: The workshop from about three years ago. Madam CHAIR: The cane toad workshop, 8th September 98? Mr WOOD: Was that the first one or has there been some before that? Dr WOINARSKI: No, thats the only one. Dr LAWSON: Just one point about the Mathews idea about a package, an information package, the one thing that I would also strongly urge that when we actually produce our public outreach material, very often theres this is put together by scientific staff and although Id like to think that were very erudite sort of citizens, we tend to sort of be a product of our training and I think it really is important to have more professional help in how thats presented. I mean you were talking Mathew about TV. Well we could probably give the relevant information about a TV type approach but I would hesitate that you put any of us on camera to actually do it. Im trying to explain that you know the presentation of this stuff sometimes is perhaps not as catchy as it could be and we tend not to go for that sort of professional help simply because it is relatively expensive to do it that way. But Ive often thought that that might be not to do it that way might be a false economy and to certainly on the occasions when we have actually gone out and said to professionals, theres the information, now get it out, they come out with some quite remarkable ideas that we wouldnt have even dreamt of and I think thats really important to bear that in mind too, that you dont just need scientists, you dont just need people from the NLC, you need people that are experts in getting the message across, you know, we tend to often ignore that.
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