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Media Release

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Press Release 26th April 2011

‘Toads hit Rio’


No, unfortunately this isn’t a story about gender questioning toads lifting their legs to the beat of the Samba nor about the G8 politicians on their latest junket, it is unfortunately about ‘Bufo Marinus’ and their latest graft of new territory gained in our rather large ‘wet’.

Yes, they have hit Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond mine which leaves them only a ‘hop, step and jump’ to the borders of Purnalulu National Park, a world heritage listed area of great significance.

“The toad has moved much further than we anticipated, which is hardly surprising given the sheer volume of water we have had pour down on the East Kimberley”, said Ben Scott-Virtue, Field Coordinator KTB

‘The toad has given us all another surprise by showing off its ability to travel upstream almost as fast as it does downstream’, John Cugley, Administration Coordinator, KTB.

“The last place I wanted toads was at my work place” said Mark Watson, a supervisor for

Argyle Diamond Mine, “They have already spoiled a number of my favourite fishing spots, I have them coming into my home in Kununurra, now this!”

“With the toad already at the edges of the Osmond Valley and moving ever upstream we have precious little time left before they hit the heart of the Kimberley and start flowing into the Fitzroy catchment area” said Ben Scott-Virtue, “We need now more than ever for the Federal and State governments to take a stand and put real resource towards a problem that is causing some of our most iconic Australian animals to disappear.”

Kimberley Toadbusters would like to acknowledge the ongoing support Rio Tinto’s ‘Argyle Diamond operation’ has shown this community group and look forward to providing what-ever support KTB can muster with Rio’s battle with the toad.

Ben Scott-Virtue 08 91682576
Dean Goodgame 91682576
John Cugley 08 91682576
Lee Scott-Virtue 08 91687080