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 Keep Australia Beautiful Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 87 SUBMISSION NO. 10 Keep Australia Beautiful Council Ms Lorna Woods Executive Director email@example.com 13 May 2003 Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Dear Committee Having watched the proceedings yesterday I was surprised at the ordinariness of many of the presentations. 1 had expected to see a far greater presence and input from scientists and researchers and I expected to feel more confident that there would be a greater prospect of some practical answers - at least for the future. This is not a criticism merely an observation that left me feeling that we have in front of us a David and Goliath battle and sadly the money is on Goliath. If the presentations in Darwin were indicative of the level of information available and tactics being applied to combat cane toads then clearly we are almost starting at the beginning it would seem. The suggestion that almost nothing has been done in Queensland in the way of studies or measures to eradicate toads is barely believable, however, 1 suppose it should not surprise us given Queensland's record on numerous other environmental fronts. (What a pity we can't sue 'em and obtain some compensation!) Given Mike Tylers suggestion that there is significant corporate interest at present that could translate to money that might find answers, then the urgent creation of a trust to gather such resources seems a priority. 1 would be happy to be active in the creation of such an entity. EDUCATION On the basis that there seemed to be an emphasis on education initiatives I have talked with my people today about incorporating some appropriate messages through the Territory Tidy Towns campaign. It is well known that Tidy Towns touches almost every community in the NT and has a regular participation base of a hundred and fifty with another hundred off-and-on participants. Homeland communities and associations are regular participants. We could incorporate "CANE TOAD ERADICATION/CONTROL INITIATIVES" as a section that would attract points. We could also include information about the problem and give suggestions for methods of control. We will also include a whole section on cane toads at our annual forum which takes place at the end of November. Indigenous communities are the main participants at this forum where participants are looking for good ideas and positive messages. A good presentation at this forum will have a valuable impact.
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