15 August 2008
HELP US STOP A 73 YEAR OLD MISTAKE
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), urges the WA government to
protect our state from this invasive pest by supporting the Foundation’s
annual Great Toad Muster and a ‘NEW’ initiative led
by STTF; National Cane Toad Eradication Week.
Both events are volunteer, community-based events that aim to remove
as many toads from the Australian countryside as possible by using
a combination of hand collection, trapping and fencing techniques.
“The WA Government has supported STTF’s Great Toad
Musters in 2006 and 2007. We are calling on them again to support
the third Great Toad Muster, which is running from September 20th
until October 18th”, said Kim Hands, STTF’s Campaign
“With the toads so close to WA, this years Muster will help
ease the invasive pressure on WA’s wildlife by reducing the
numbers of toads moving westward towards WA.
“We already have the support of over 60 volunteers, a couple
of major corporate sponsors and local community businesses. We now
need the WA government to show their commitment to the fight against
cane toads and to take a leadership role in helping us implement
our National Cane Toad Eradication Week.
“The WA State election on September 6th will coincide very
close to the anniversary for the introduction of the cane toad to
Australia. It would be great to see the successful party supporting
the WA community on-ground efforts to protect our state.”
Kim Hands (STTF Campaign Manager): 0400 130 397