Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Cane toad resource for Kimberley kids

    19/06/2015 11:05 AM
    • New resources for classroom teachers to engage students on invasive toad
    • Complements the $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy

    New education manuals about cane toads will help teach Kimberley schoolchildren about the impacts of the invasive species on Western Australian native animals.


    Launching the resource at Cable Beach Primary School today, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said it was important to raise community awareness about the toads.


    "These education manuals are an ideal way to introduce information about cane toads into the classroom," Mr Jacob said.


    "They aim at engaging young children in a fun and informative way about toads, their effects on native animals and what we can do to help."


    Cane toads have been present in the Kimberley region since 2009 and the State Government has invested more than $7.8 million in strategies to minimise their impact on the environment.


    The Government's plan for guiding cane toad management, Cane toad strategy for Western Australia 2014-2019, takes a multi-pronged approach, including community education and a focus on preventing the inadvertent spread of toads through 'hitchhikers' in vehicles.


    "Teaching young children about cane toads is a key tool in public awareness of the issue," the Minister said.


    The new manuals are aimed at students in years 1-3 and years 4-6.  They will be distributed to all Kimberley schools and contain curriculum-linked lesson plans with worksheets and background information for teachers.


    "Lessons look at topics such as identifying features of cane toads, their life cycle, impacts on native animal food chains and distinguishing toads from native frogs," the Minister said.


    "Further resources will be available in the near future."


    The cane toad manual has been produced by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with funding support from Perth Zoo.


    Work to protect native species from cane toads complements the Liberal National Government's $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.  The strategy is protecting the region's natural and cultural values while delivering social and economic benefits to communities across the Kimberley.


    Fact File

    • Cane toads were introduced to Queensland from South America in 1935 as a means of controlling sugar cane beetles, but themselves became major pests
    • The cane toad frontline is 100km west of Halls Creek, with toads in the Chamberlain River, in the Forrest River, and on Ellenbrae Station on the Gibb River Road

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