October 27 2006
Battle NOT lost!
Friends of Kimberley Toad Busters
The cane toad battle is far from over. It is vital to ensure hands-on efforts to thwart the cane toad’s invasion into Western Australia are on-going.
Though the toxic pest breed and spread in the tens of thousands, adopting a no hope attitude reflected by the WA Government this week mirrors the inaction Queensland adopted for seventy years!!!
Our native animals do no have a toxic history of the cane toad poison excreted through glands on their head so are all extremely vulnerable to the pest.
Regional Conservation Manager for the Department of Environment and Conservation in the Kimberley, Mr Gordon Graham, says that there are no known extinctions of plants or animals in the North West Kimberley region at present but this will certainly change if the cane toad gains access.
Shadow Minister for the Environment Steve Thomas says the incredible work done by the Kimberley Toad Busters has long been taken for granted by the State Government, but the latest contribution by Mark McGowan and his media spin doctors in the Stop the Toad Foundation is very damaging to preventing cane toad entering the Kimberley.
“In my opinion the Government and Stop the Toad are getting ready to cut and run following their failure on the cane toad issue and in doing so they may well attempt to denigrate the fine work of the Kimberley Toad Busters,” he says.