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October 22, 2021

Tackling cane toads on the Tweed

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Tweed Shire Council has put in place a plan to deal with the cane toad population in the area.

Along with the not-for-profit organisation Watergum, Tweed Shire has launched a project for collecting toads that will begin in October and run until April 2022.

Cane toads are a huge problem for the environment. Indeed, the large number of toads monopolises habitat and food to the detriment of other native species, according to Watergum.

The reproduction rate of this species is also worrying – a female can lay up to 70,000
eggs per year.

Solutions to control and reduce the population

Tweed Shire, with the help of Watergum, have implemented solutions to control and reduce the population in the area.

Toad busting involves collecting adult specimens in a bucket and extracting them for their environment. Watergum will collect each specimen to produce lure pheromones. These pheromones will be then used to capture more cane toads using traps.

The population control program contains a training section that will be launched
online, on October 7, at 7 pm, on Facebook.

To make the toad hunt fun, a week of competition will be launched to see who
catches the most toads.

Council’s Project Officer – Wildlife Protection Emily Clarke said Council is looking for
regular volunteers who can spare a couple of hours to reduce toad numbers. ‘If we all work together, we will achieve greater results’.

‘The citizen science component of this program is particularly important so we can track toad numbers over time and work to make sure the Tweed isn’t overrun with toads in the future.

‘It’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people, get a bit of exercise and do something positive for your community and the environment.’

If you want to know more, go to: watergum.org/canetoads or tweed.nsw.gov.au/cane-

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  1. There are numerous dams and water catchments in the Tweed. That is where the Toads are breeding, that is where they should be stopped, in the tadpole stage of development. I have previously contacted council telling them there are millions of cane toad tadpole in the local small water catchment. A simple netting program would prevent millions breeding. But they do not act. Soon the lawn will be covered in them as it is every year!

  2. I’m all for farming the toads and exporting them to China. 1973 as a 21yo RAN sailor in Wanchai Hong Kong we saw an eatery preparing the nights delicacy, 6 cane toads being hosed down in the drain in a wire hand held cage. Add them to those high priced bats and you’ve got a lucrative export opportunity. A friend of mine (pre High School), I won’t name for obvious reasons sourced his bats from the train tunnels just Nth of Mullum. During the Saturday matinee in the Mullum theatre, while eating Choo Choo bars and watching Lone Ranger & Tonto he would release the bats. Well us kids would fall out of our seats in uncontrollable hysteria. Bats & Toads, a real money maker. Direct flight from Wellcamp (Toowoomba) airport into China.


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