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East Arnhem Shire Council in the Northern Territory is set to expand animal management services to outstations of Groote Eylandt, as a result of a newly signed partnership with Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Enterprise (GEBIE).
In a 'whole of island' approach to animal health and protecting the unique biodiversity and species found on Groote Eylandt, GEBIE with the support of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) has committed $200,000 over three years to support the recruitment of an EASC Animal Management Supervisor for Groote Eylandt.
The East Arnhem Shire Council Animal welfare program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of companion animals and improve the overall health and wellbeing of remote Indigenous communities. Led by veterinarian, Dr Emma Kennedy, the Animal health program delivers a range of vet and animal welfare services including education in all East Arnhem communities.
Dr Kennedy said, 'This collaboration will ultimately achieve a more successful outcome for animal health and management across the whole island, not only EASC communities'.
For more information about animal management in Indigenous communities, visit the animal management section of the Indigenous Environmental Health Practitioner web resource on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
Source: East Arnhem Shire Council