Cane Toads Hop Across The Nation

Cane Toads Hop Across The Nation

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

Third Round Of Funding For Cane Toad Group

Victor P Taffa

The Fight Against Cane Toads in Western Australia has been strengthened with the State Government allocating a further $341,750 to the Kimberley Toad Busters (KTB).

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said it was the third round of funding for the community group, which would allow them to plan their fieldwork activities for 2011.

“The funding is part of a $1.2 Million election promise and to date it has been used to support field operations and to initiate the ‘What’s in your Backyard’ Educational Program.” Mr. Marmion said.

The Minister said the Department of Environment and Conservation’s (DEC) Cane Toad Team, based in Kununurra, continued to work with the KTB to develop and implement action plans for priority areas as the invasive species continued its westward march.

 

“Explorer Cane Toads are increasing in the Kununurra area, while breeding populations are established inside the WA Border, 35 km behind the Frontline.” Mr. Marmion said.

“During this wet season, the DEC Cane Toad Team will carry out further surveillance work to monitor and map Cane Toad Populations in WA.”

The Minister said the State’s Cane Toad Response under the ‘Cane Toad Strategy for Western Australia’ had been an unprecedented joint Government and community effort, which had involved hundreds of volunteers.

“I would like to thank those volunteers who have assisted in helping to slow the movement of cane toads into our State.” Mr. Marmion said.

“It is essential that we continue to work together in order to minimise the impact of cane toads in Western Australia, as this is not an issue that can be effectively managed without community support.”

“It also remains critical that we continue with scientific research to investigate potential biological measures to control Cane Toad Populations.” Mr. Marmion said.