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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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:
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