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Joint media release
31 August 2009
The Rudd Government today announced more than $1 million in extra funding to help slow the advance of cane toads into Western Australia, Queensland and NSW.
Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Agriculture Minister Tony Burke announced the funding, under Caring for our Country.
Projects to receive the Caring for our Country funding are:
“Cane toads have a significant effect on native wildlife, poisoning small native animals that prey on them, and competing with native animals for food,” he said.
“With this additional funding, a total of at least 3000 days of community volunteer control efforts will have been supported by Caring for our Country in 2008-2010, buying valuable time while research continues into biological control measures.”
Mr Burke said investment in scientific research was essential for both productive agricultural industries and a sustainable environment.
“Pests have a significant effect on farming productivity and cause significant environmental damage each year — scientific research will help to reduce that toll,” Mr Burke said.
“Just last week I released a report showing invasive pests cost state and federal governments and landholders more than $740 million each year.
“Under Caring for our Country we committed $57.5 million for 57 feral animal control projects across Australia, including more than 600 days of community volunteer cane toad control.”
For more information go to: www.nrm.gov.au