Monday, September 14th, 2009

Kununurra: Cane toad muster on again

by Geoff Vivian

Kim Hands in the field with a toad fence.

Kim Hands in the field with a toad fence.

The Great Toad Muster is on again this year.

Volunteers from all over Australia are just over the NT border, rounding up as many cane toads as possible to prevent them entering the Kimberley.

Stop the Toad Foundation’s Kim Hands said she has 140 volunteers for this year’s muster.

“We have people from all over Australia,” she said.

“Backpackers travelling, lots of grey nomads, lots of locals, Wyndham prisoners and Curtin Uni students.”

The Perth-based group has been able to fly a limited number of volunteers to Kununurra for the muster, which continues until 12 October.

Kimberley Toad Busters Ruth Duncan said her Kununurra-based group is working closely with Stop the Toad Foundation this year.

“We are helping them choose their toad-busting locations,” she said.

“We even dug their toilet pit for them – we didn’t charge them, and it would have cost $2000 to get a contractor from town to do it.

She said Kimberley Toad Busters carries out year-round cane toad eradication and environmental surveys.

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