The Kununurra Cane Toad Working Group: (CTWG)
Why was the group formed?
The group was formed out of a need by government agencies and community to have a greater understanding of cane toads and associated impacts with the view to communicate this to the broader community. To ensure effective and efficient outcomes are achieved, a collaborative approach by government agencies and community has been undertaken.
What are the objectives of the group?
It’s important to note that the objectives may change subject to further input, discussion and funding.
Initially the group’s objectives are to:
- Identify possible on-ground actions for the community.
- Bring local people up to speed on cane toads and associated impacts.
- Establish linkages with key community groups and organisations.
- Establish links with existing state and Federal cane toad task forces.
- Identify funding opportunities.
- Develop a communication strategy to inform community on cane toad issues.
- Develop an action plan that identifies short medium and long-term objectives.
- Facilitate and support local cane toad initiatives.
- Monitor and record cane toad movements.
Who has attended meetings of the group?
Department of Agriculture – Noel Wilson
Department of Conservation and Land Management – Gordon Graham, Gae Mackay
Department of Environment – Scott Goodson
Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley – Chris Adams
Ord Land and Water – Dick Pasfield
Kimberley Land Council – Ben Ward, Doug Powers
Kununurra Tourist Bureau – Peter Grigg
Interim Kimberley NRM Group – Gill Holmes, Karin Carnes
Western Australian Tourism Commission - Noel Parkin
Agriculture Protection Board - Keith Wright
At the last meeting the group concentrated on developing an Action Plan.
Items discussed included:
- Cane toad hotline.
- Monitoring of sightings and cane toad movements.
- Communication of information to the wider community.
- Development of information material.
- Training in identification and disposal of cane toads.
- Coordination of activities.
Feel free to become part of the process by contacting group members.