13 August 2008
AN UNFORTUNATE ANNIVERSARY
August 18th 2008 will be the anniversary for the introduction of
the cane toad into Australia. 73 years ago, on August 18th 1935,
102 cane toads were introduced into QLD to control beetles eating
the sugar cane.
Today, it is estimated that there are now 200 million cane toads
across QLD, NT and northern NSW and that they are 20km from the
Western Australian border.
The Stop the Toad Foundation (STTF) is planning on reducing the
number of cane toads entering WA by holding their annual Great Toad
Muster from September 20th until October 18th near the NT/WA border.
The Great Toad Muster is a volunteer, community-based event that
aims to remove as many toads from the frontline as possible by using
a combination of hand collection, trapping and fencing techniques.
“We already have over 60 registered volunteers, but still
need more”, said Kim Hands, STTF’s Campaign Manager.
“STTF will provide transport to basecamp, food, accommodation
and training to all volunteers during their time at the Muster.
Volunteers just need to get themselves to Kununurra and STTF will
arrange the rest.”
STTF is holding an information evening on Thursday 21st August
for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. The meeting will
commence at 7pm at City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West
Contact Kim at STTF on email@example.com
for further details or check out the STTF website www.stopthetoad.org.au.
Kim Hands (STTF Campaign Manager): 0400 130 397