Kimberley Toad Buster's
The aim of this website is to document the Kimberley Toad Busters fight to stop the cane toad crossing into Western Australia and to provide the Western Australian Community some understanding of the enormous efforts (and contributions) that can be made by unpaid volunteers!
Prepared by Lee Scott-Virtue, President & Founder of KTB Kimberley Toad Busters.
IMBERLEY TOAD BUSTERS NEWSLETTER 43:
The Cane Toad is a Key Threatening Process to the Australian Nation
Declared by the Federal Government 12 April 2005
This 43rd Kimberley Toad Busters’ Newsletter is produced by Kimberley Specialists In Research Inc in conjunction with Kimberley Toad Busters Inc. Kimberley Specialists, a founding member of the Kimberley Toad Busters, continues to support the campaign against the cane toad by supporting www.canetoads.com.au raising funds and supporting cane toad scientific research.
Virtue President & Founder of Kimberley Toad Busters
KTBs are a tax deductible entity. Please see our website for our direct donation facility or how to sponsor toad busting or one of our research or educational projects.
IF EVERYONE WAS A TOADBUSTER
inalist in the 2011 East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievements Awards in the category of
Outstanding Organisation/Program contributing to Community Life.
Extracts from “Press Releases’ put out by KTB Field & Education Coordinator
Broken termite mound with toads hibanating deep within the mound.
After a night on the Northern foreshore of Lake Argyle, a KTB field team accompanied by the cream of Derby’s ‘Bushranger’s broke camp and, unintentionally, a termite mound in the process. Initial surprise soon gave way to unified horror as not just one, but four toads were found within.
“Understanding just how varied the impact of toads are, how unbelievably resilient
and hardy they continue to prove to be highlights the need for bright young minds to
pour their energy into finding a true solution” Danielle Taylor, Derby District High
School Science Teacher and KTB
volunteer was heard to have said after the toads
“Having ‘toad busting’ teams in the field on a nightly basis has unearthed a veritable treasure trove of new information” said Ben Scott-Virtue, field coordinator for KTB “.He further commented. “By continuing to share this information with scientists and researchers alike we can only hope that we are edging ever closer to finding that elusive ‘silver bullet’ or ‘Achilles heel’ for the toad”
The last quote however goes to Kim Scott, Ex SAS and laconic KTB volunteer
In line with Kimberley Toad Buster policy the toads found within the termite mound were humanly euthanized using CO2 and disposed of accordingly, bringing the total of toads now disposed of by Kimberley Toad Busters over a period of almost 7 years close to 2,000,000.
Kimberley Toadbusters has now had a long and fruitful working relationship with
many Indigenous organizations, communities and individuals. It has been recognized now that the toad does indeed affect the lives of many that use ‘bush tuckers’ to
supplement an otherwise Western diet.
What is now evident is that there are cultural consequences to inaction”
TB Field & Education Coordinator providing classroom education on cane toads and introducing students to the KTB “What’s in your Backyard?” program.
“Cane Toads, TAP and where's the ‘green’ in Bob Brown?"
For many years now Kimberley Toad Busters has been active in forming
partnerships with organizations and individuals that have the same vision of keeping
In the same light, there have been difficulties with a few governmental agencies. Often, through no fault of their own they have had a quagmire of bureaucratic red tape, paperwork and petty power plays to work through not to mention being dictated to by some senior officials based in the south with no real understanding of our northern landscapes and or the reasons why Kimberley ad Buster volunteers work so hard to control cane toad numbers.
“Just read the lates
t incarnation of the ‘TAP (Threat abatement plan),
groups no help?’ What a load of crap! They need to wake up and smell the roses.
Come to Kununurra and see what a whole community has not only done, but continues to do!” said Tim Leary, KTB volun
teer and team leader.
Here at Toad HQ we are going to let the final quote go to Bob Brown, leader of the federal Greens Party.
“In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world.” Well Bob, our glass of milk looks distinctly half empty…
Kimberley Toad Busters awards!
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