THE pen is mightier than the sword - but acclaimed Australian
author Tim Winton has dropped both in favour of a sack to
help save the Territory.
Winton is sleeping rough under the stars at Auvergne Station,
west of Timber Creek, to join a yearly hunt for cane toads.
"Where we're working, there's so many toads that actually
manually picking them up is the most time effective,"
The Stop the Toad Foundation patron has joined about 70 other
volunteers for the 2008 Great Toad Muster, and he has his
CO2 tank and toad sack at the ready.
But the world-renowned author - of books such as Cloudstreet
and Dirt Music - admits to occasionally hankering after more
"I have been tempted to use a cricket bat," Winton