Toad threat in­quiry

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Elise Van Aken

The lead­ing force against the Kim­ber­ley’s worst pest is sigh­ing with re­lief over the an­nounce­ment of a new par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into cane toads.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy wants to un­der­stand how well con­trol mea­sures have worked in the fight against the spread of the de­struc­tive pests, and whether other new con­trols should be im­ple­mented.

Kim­ber­ley Toad Busters pres­i­dent Lee Scott Virtue said the in­quiry should have hap­pened a long time ago. “This is great news and it means the Fed­eral Govern­ment are fi­nally com­ing to the con­clu­sion toads will in­vade the whole of Aus­tralia if some­thing is not done,” she said.

“We will be rec­om­mend­ing gov­ern­ments stim­u­late the com­mu­nity to be on the front line be­cause this im­me­di­ately re­duces the im­pact on that area.

“Sci­en­tists and the Fed­eral Govern­ment have in a sense knocked com­mu­nity ef­forts, and if we didn’t have as many com­mu­nity mem­bers as we do out bust­ing toads, we would be in a sit­u­a­tion a lot worse than the one we have now.”

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack and Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment Melissa Price wel­comed the in­quiry.

“The Govern­ment wants to en­sure it is do­ing all it can to limit the im­pacts and min­imise the threat from this rapidly spread­ing pest that is now preva­lent in north­ern Aus­tralia,” she said.

“The com­mit­tee is call­ing for sub­mis­sions to the in­quiry and I strongly en­cour­age Du­rack res­i­dents to make a sub­mis­sion.”

Sub­mis­sions to the in­quiry are open un­til Jan­uary 31, 2019.

Cane toads are mov­ing rapidly across the north-west of the coun­try.

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