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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

24 November 2006

Toad busting becomes tax deductible

Two toad-busting Western Australian environment groups have been approved to receive tax deductible donations, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell said the new tax deductibility rules would make it easier for people to play a crucial part in helping to keep the menace out of WA.

“I am very pleased to say that the Kimberley Toad Busters Inc and the Stop the Toad Foundation Inc have been granted deductible gift recipient status,” Senator Campbell said.

“The addition of these two toad-busting organisations to the Register of Environment Organisations will support the fight by Western Australians to keep cane toads out of the State.

“The Kimberley Toad Busters has been very successful in catching and destroying cane toads in the Northern Territory near the Western Australian border. Its 500 plus volunteers on-the-ground have bagged almost 20,000 toads since September last year.

“The Australian Government has provided this very effective group with $303,000 for equipment such as a 4WD and quad bikes, as well as training.

“Tax deductibility will also help the Stop the Toad Foundation in its efforts to combat the toad infestation and stop it reaching WA.”

Senator Campbell and the Assistant Treasurer, Peter Dutton, approved the addition of the two organisations to the Register of Environmental Organisations established under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

The Register was established in 1992 to encourage private sector support for environmental groups by making donations tax deductible.

To be eligible, groups must demonstrate that their principal purpose is environmental and be nonprofit and properly constituted, meeting minimum membership requirements.

An information kit, including the register’s guidelines and an application form, is available from the Department of the Environment and Heritage on 1800 803 772.

Media Contact: Regina Titelius 08 9421 1755 or 0419 099 324

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