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 29 everybody would like to see them controlled. We have a very invasive species which are very attractive to some people and one of our most pressing problems at the moment are cats and in fact you might be interested to know that myself and Glenn Edwards have just motivated to bring the cat issue back to the Vertebrate Pest Committee who have in my experience and my opinion put this into the too hard basket and certainly this where politics comes into it because there are very powerful lobby groups that say, they wouldnt like so see a bio-control on cats for instance and yet the people in the Animal Health Division in Geelong tell me that its perfectly feasible to work on a bio-control for cats but no-ones doing it because its one thing to kill cane toads with a bio-control, its another thing to kill you know your friendly moggie sort of thing. Mr BALDWIN: Ill support you 100%. Dr WOINARSKI: I know you would and that is a very important point about these sorts of controls. Mr WOOD: George Brown tried to introduce it to the Australian Local Government Association, he wanted a levy on, and the big cities wouldnt support him at all. Mr BALDWIN: No, the populations wont support it. Madam CHAIR: Theres a lot of cat voters out there. Mr BALDWIN: Well theres a lot of urban people who dont see the damage that cats do because they physically dont live in rural areas and thats basically the bottom line, thats where your population is and where the sway is and where the vote is so its unfortunate. Dr LAWSON: Thats right, the conundrum of your voting population, 90% think milk comes out of a bottle and thats your problem. Madam CHAIR: Well this committees not about to change the world folks. Madam CHAIR: John and David on behalf of the entire Environment Committee and Environment and Sustainable Development Committee we want to thank you for your time here today, we found your information provided to us knowledgeable, and interesting and thought provoking. We hope that our recommendations will go some way to making your jobs a lot easier and we certainly appreciate the great body of work that yourself and the staff at Parks and Wildlife have been doing for Territorians for years now and into the future. Thank you. Dr WOINARSKI: Thank you. Dr LAWSON: Thank you.