Cane toads

A heartfelt cry from the Kununurra Community to the Nation.

We will Stop the Cane Toads getting into WA!


The Kimberley Toad Busters are the only truly totally volunteer group
on the ground (since the 10th Sept. 2005) trying to stop the cane toad
from getting across the Western Australian border. To date we have
largely met all field expenses from community fund raising efforts, local government input and community donations, the
ongoing support of Biodiversity Protection Inc (and recently a comittment of $79,000 from the Federal Government) .
Despite the State Government committment of half a million dollars towards the cane toad fight, this local volunteer
group has not received one dollar of this money. Eight months later this volunteer group is sustainable only because of
local community financial input and the belief that we have provided, for the first time in 70 years, an ability to 'hold' the
cane toad front line while government and scientists find a 'biological' solution to the relentless march of the cane toad.

Papers From the 2005 Cane Toad Forum held in Kununurra

Management of the cane toad and its impacts in the Northern Territory

Robert Taylor and Keith Saalfeld

Biodiversity Conservation, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, N.T.




Research into the impacts of cane toads by the then Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission began around 1983-84, soon after the arrival of the species into the Territory. However, a concerted coordinated management response to the issue didn’t commence in earnest until the funding of a program entitled Island Arks in mid 2003. The various components of this program are:

  • Impact assessment;
  • Translocation of highly impacted species;
  • Public education;
  • Bio-security;
  • Development of Aboriginal land owners capacity for management of islands and awareness raising;
  • Distribution monitoring;
  • Public involvement;
  • Development of short term control;
  • Development of long term control; and
  • National coordination.

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