Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

$500,000 cane toad program announced

Local member Melissa Price says the Commonwealth will spend $500,000 over two years to combat cane toads.

You can read her media release here:

Durack to benefit from $500,000 funding to combat cane toads in the Kimberley

13 May 2014

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has welcomed today’s Budget announcement that the Western Australian Kimberley will benefit from $500,000 in funding to reduce the threat and spread of cane toads into the iconic region.

“The Kimberley Cane Toad Clean Up Programme will receive $500,000 over two years to address the impact of cane toads in the Kimberley. This will be provided to develop effective tools that can be used by the community to reduce the impact of cane toads and to improve public awareness,” Ms Price said.

“The Government will be working with key stakeholders on the design and implementation of these measures. This will be delivered by organisations such as the Kimberley Toad Busters, who have already made a significant contribution to protecting the biodiversity and natural habitats of the region and preventing the impacts of cane toads entering Western Australia.”

Since their introduction to Australia in 1935, cane toads have spread across northern Australia and are now common across the Northern Territory, Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Migration into the Kimberley area of Western Australia is a relatively new threat and poses a significant danger to biodiversity, specifically to populations of carnivorous species, such as the nationally threatened northern quoll, as well as the Purnululu World Heritage Area.

“This funding will include support for community volunteers engaging in the early detection of cane toads. Useful data collection will ensure the volunteer effort has a strategic and long-term benefit and help reduce the threat from cane toads expanding into the Kimberley,” Ms Price said.

“Improving public understanding of the impact of cane toads on the Kimberley’s unique biodiversity is an important outcome for the programme to ensure the community effort is sustained and effective.”

“Support for the Kimberley Cane Toad Clean Up programme is an important part of the Government’s commitment to a healthier environment and is central to the Government’s vision for a stronger Australia.”

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