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

“The Western Front”: a battle plan to keep cane toads out of Western Australia

Alan Thompson

Chairman SEEKS


As cane toads approach the Kimberley Region of Western Australia there is the opportunity to prevent them entering Western Australia due to a unique combination of circumstances. Cane toads are not bullet proof - they do have weak points in their life history. The climate and terrain as they attempt to move west from the Victoria River is against them. Using their weaknesses and the strengths of the Kimberley community, on a battlefield, which does not favour cane toads, means we can stop them getting to Western Australia and degrading our quality of life. Cane toads have never had to face a control program at a landscape level - nobody can say if control can be successful. But if we try and we succeed then we keep our lifestyle, if we try and fail then at least we have tried. If we do nothing, then do we deserve to be called a community?

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