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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ERISS PAN Report 2002 Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 50 PAN/ERISS finalise a communication strategy to inform interested and affected parties about the potential impact of the cane toads in the KNP. This would avoid misinformation, unnecessary concern and be in keeping with the 'early invasion response strategy' currently being established by EA (Greg Miles, Jabiru Rag 18.5.00). immediate attention is given to designing a cane toad monitoring program aimed at key species (e.g. Varanus spp) and key habitats (e.g. riparian zones). OUTCOMES In the latter part of 2000, cane toad identification and information sessions were conducted jointly by KNP and ERISS staff. Target audiences included KNP staff, Energy Resources of Australia staff, tourist operators (including hotel/caravan park/tourist village staff) and Aboriginal communities. People were briefed on all aspects of cane toad impacts and the identification of cane toads, including the eggs and tadpoles. Park managers have continued to inform these groups and the general public of the locations of cane toads, their impacts and what action to take if cane toads are sighted outside of their present distribution i.e. as part of the 'early invasion response strategy'. Posters, bulletins and items in the local media and tourism newsletters all contribute to this education and awareness program. A cane toad 'flipbook' has also been prepared for Aboriginal communities. By the time of this report, cane toads were well established in some southern areas of the Park such as Kambolgie Creek, the Gunlom area and the upper Mary River catchment. An autopsy on a freshwater crocodile found dead in Kambolgie Creek during February 2002, revealed that gastric haemorrhages consistent with violent stomach contractions were probably caused by ingestion of a cane toad (Northern Territory News 19 March 2002).