This taken from the Kimberley Toadbusters Newsletter. It's more than just about picking up toads...
Kununurra businesses and homes are literally ‘under siege’
from up to 60 young Indigenous children roaming the streets night after night.
Breaking and entry and incalculable costs of damage to infrastructure and local
business has increased to levels that have long term residents deciding to
retire elsewhere and is affecting the social and economic progress of the town.
Sadly these children have no supportive ‘home’ to go back to and the ‘street’
is often safer than the family environment they belong to.
Toad busting has become the social
‘glue’ for many of these children and Kimberley Toad Busters, in partnership
with Save the Children, the Justice System, and volunteer community members
have been using this unusual activity to keep many of these children otherwise
As a result of the incredible response to toad busting from
many of these troubled Indigenous youth KTB decided to take their toad busting
program a step further. “Kimberley Toad Busters have now developed the Kids
@ Risk Positive Outcomes Program to address social issues within the community
associated with juvenile delinquency” stated Danielle Taylor, KTB Board
member and local KDHS teacher. She went on to add “The program aims
to reduce anti-social behaviour, increase self-esteem, create positive
leadership abilities, create self-awareness, and increase school attendance
amongst the youth of Kununurra”.