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 27 problems to be introduced to our environment and probably their effects on our bio-diversity are going to be far worse than cane toads. So its fine, weve realised that cane toads are a problem, 60 years, 70 years after their introduction and we should be using the cane toad as an example of not to fall into that same trap again and now were still, five years ago, ten years ago we were proselytizing about these pasture grasses and saying that you know they should be spread everywhere in the Territory almost and its going to be our sons and daughters that are going to be, going to have to deal with the problem that will come from those in years to come and to me cane toads just a classic example of the lesson we should be learning is that we shouldnt be so stupid again. That one vested interest shouldnt introduce something which is going to affect all our lives. Anyway, thats just a bit of a tangent but I think to me, I mean thats what we should be getting out of this cane toad thing. Were not going to solve the cane toad problem itself but we should be looking more broadly from it. Mr WOOD: I support that 100%. I looked at the weed list they sent out for comment and they had the yellow oleander, Ive forgotten its proper name now, has a possible weed but they didnt have Gamba grass, I mean the difference is just like chalk and cheese. I know its a pasture species but its just everywhere. Because Ive got a block of land at Adelaide River, its just changing the landscape and its just, I know theyre spraying it but I just think Dr WOINARSKI: Its escaping far more quickly than they are spraying it. Dr LAWSON: Just to add on to what John said for instance in the Territory, we dont have a process for actually reviewing any species that people might want to bring into the Territory and I think thats to our detriment. I think we should have some process in place that if people want to bring new varieties or new species into the Territory that there is actually a very clinical look at not only the potential economic benefits that that might accrue but also the possible harmful effects and in the past, I think Im right in saying that for instance in so called improved pasture species have been brought in by agronomists and certainly in the six years Ive been here Parks and Wildlife has very little if any, been involved in actually being asked an opinion on that when its happened. I think that that is an insidious environmental problem, as John said, and I totally agree with that but we just dont even have the most basic processes you talking about the introduction rather than for actually trying to stop that at the moment. Mr BALDWIN: A noxious weed list. Mr WOOD: Madam Chair?
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