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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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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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Tabled Paper 1123

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2003-10-16

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Tabled by Delia Lawrie

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/307061

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/346011

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Written Submissions Mr Lindner Volume 2 Canet Toad Inquiry Report 51 SUBMISSION NO. 4 Mr Dave Lindner, Private Citizen PO Box 114 JABIRU NT 0886 6 May 2003 Toad invasion is happening and one priority stands out a mile in font for funding and implementation keeping substantial areas of the Top End toad free. The options are:- 1. Cobourg Peninsula (Gurig National Park the most important and urgent. 2. Large islands including Tiwi Islands, Croker, Goulbourn Wessels and Groote as second priority (nevertheless immediate priority). 3. Other islands closer to mainland and toad access as community support indicates (e.g. Elcho Milingimbi etc.). Cobourg can be protected by barrier against overland toad invasion. The surveillance necessary for detection of transported toads them becomes similar to that necessary to protect insular land areas from toads. The relocation of predators known to succumb to toad availability, quolls goannas snakes (king browns) and so on, to islands is vandalistic and of questionable long term success prospect. Toad protection for Cobourg will require a rare single-mindedness of intention and should not be dressed up with job opportunity for locals and other distractions. As with the mimosa program of Kakadu good worker performance in a wide variety of field work situations, in surveillance and in barrier maintenance work with the toad prevention, will be required and people on site with aptitude will be valued. As is often the case in a crisis science hasnt got the answers and current toad research is not looking for them. Technology for toad attract & trapping and detection at transport terminals (communities, pearl farms, tourist resort and government stations), essentially accidental toad release & retrieval technology, needs to be researched without preconception impending scope of research. The toad research priority and it is extremely urgent, is for the foregoing requirement. Quarantine procedures need implementation now as toads are being transported between communities out of curiosity and as pets or as cockroach eradicators. The attached statement on Cobourg was based out overnight in March and sent to John Christophersen of Cobourg Board of Management. Its ad hoc origins and limitations are re-emphasised in the proposition.


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