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 Mr Christophersen Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 55 1. Grader access trucks dozers etc. (Army trucks and trucks etc.) Supervised access through special gates with cleared surrounds or make Toyota facility bigger and more robust. Toyota facility to have toad closure for wet season if oil drained out i.e. Exit barriers. Oil is only a bright idea. Toads are few at the farm, there is a cyclone on and Im busy I will test it in due course also test toad endurance to sea water immersion the last is important and is the reason for the double barrier line. The foregoing would be a good retirement job for me except I prefer it here. It is not a big deal if you can break out of your mentality. Its absolutely peanuts against letting toads in. Seaward barrier ends obviously into sea water or well into inter-tidal wet slope or beach frontage. In mangroves the barrier must proceed through all roots into deep channel as these areas can be fresh in neap tides in heavy wet season conditions. The seaward sections could be curved to collect toads and guide them back uphill Diagram Vehicle barge or aircraft accidental transport of toads: Toads falling off en route pose minimal toad invasion risk unless there is a real bad bump somewhere where it could be a regular event a bay or deep creek crossing poses a higher but still small risk. Destinations for vehicle, aircraft or barge unloading are the real risk areas for breeding toads to build up. Kids, sharp eyed and inquisitive around Araru type camps should pick up toads. Araru is a low breeding risk close to headland. Tourist facilities and Black Point are high risk and scheduled procedures of search and careful surveillance of cargoes at time of discharge will be essential to justify other toad precautions. This includes Smith Pt airstrip a wet season toad paradise. Pearl farm and Seven Spirits need maximum supervision. The only realistic option at the pearl farm(s) may be installation of a toad proof i.e. release proof inspection shed for incoming stores or a barrier surrounded compound. REWARDS ARE NOT AN OPTION AND WILL LEAD TO REWARD SEEKING TOAD IMPORT. It is very daunting. The stakes of toad free Coburg, Cape Don and Crocker are a challenging incentive. Harold Cogyer - one of the CSIRO report authors is retired but active in the biological research fraternity and has input into award of research grants. His support or comment would be respected. Goff Letts is a Coburg fanatic dont let his past politics preclude his possible support. Professor Jim Allen (retired) Professor John Mulvaney (still alive?) and Professor Chicken McKnackers might all throw in on this one out of pat Coburg contacts.