In January 2007 Graeme reported that the Australian military had also joined the fight and will use the bins and traps on its Northern Territory bases. A collection bin at Shoal Bay tip is the first of its kind in Darwin city. He says the toads are treated well before disposal…
“The toads get taken from there and get gassed with carbon dioxide and then they get stock-piled in a freezer…When we’ve got a batch we put them through the fertiliser plant at Maloko and turn ’em into toad juice.”!!!
To eradicate the pest $660,000 has been promised to help the FrogWatch battle. Minister Scrymgour says the money will be used for a number of initiatives including a 24-hour telephone hotline and the continuation of cane toad musters. The funds will be used over the next three years.
“We’re still a long way off and I think the fight continues,” she says.
A WA research project aims to identify every cane toad gene and biological weaknesses to stop them moving across northern Australia and into WA.
The Australian Research Council has provided $260,000 for the project but Professor Grant Morahan from the WA Institute for Medical Research says his team needs millions more to ensure the success of the project.
“The cane toads are just about entering into Western Australia now and once they do get there they’ll be moving south along the coast. So it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be in Perth unless we do something to stop them.”