Territory Stories

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

Details:

Title

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

Other title

Tabled Paper 1123

Collection

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

Date

2003-10-16

Description

Tabled by Delia Lawrie

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

See publication

License

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

Parent handle

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

Citation address

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

Page content

Darwin City Council Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 58 Muster where people are encouraged to go out with buckets to collect toads and a nominal bounty is paid per skin. In one area of Brisbane, Greening Australia run an annual Cane Toad Busting Night. There is some doubt as to the benefit of these events however community involvement and awareness is seen as a positive for the environment. Expected Arrival The NT National Parks predict that the toads could reach Darwin this Wet Season. They are moving faster than everyone is predicting. What Can We Expect? The NT National Parks do not appear to have prepared themselves for a public response to the invasion. The types of questions and issues that could be raised may include: How should we handle them? How should we kill them? Will Council remove squashed animals from roads? Has Council done anything to prevent their spread through Council controlled parks and waterways? Who should queries be directed to? Will birds be affected at the dump If they eat dumped toads - what is the contractor doing about it? CONCLUSION: It is difficult to appreciate the problems of the arrival of such a pest when in most cases the residents in affected areas appear to be resigned to the inevitability of the invasion and that nothing can be done about it. It would appear that there is a fairly rapid invasion and then the numbers decline and stabilise over a number of years, Fluctuations will occur with seasons. How Darwin residents will react is unknown. The NT National Parks does not appear to have any particular strategies in place but following our approach will investigate preparation of appropriate literature and responses. Council has two options. They could refer all issues relating to this pest to the NT Government or they could take a more pro-active approach in terms of providing information. It is not recommended that staff respond to complaints of road kill or other dead toads but rather advise residents on how to deal with the matter. Consultation Ballina Council Cairns City Council Byron Bay Council Queensland Museum Parks and Wildlife NSW and NT Katherine Town Council CSIRO Public Relations Officer RECOMMENDATIONS That it be a recommendation to Council:


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.