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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Feral camels a new income source for SA's remote Aboriginal lands

About 200 camels have been removed from South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands as part of a feral camel management project.

Aboriginal people have been trained to muster the camels, creating an industry and turning an environmental problem into a source of income for the APY Lands.

The camels are transported to Queensland abattoirs for processing.

Nick Secombe from Biosecurity SA says there is potential to process the animals locally in the future, but the priority is to get the industry up and running.

'The model that APY are working towards is to have local Anangu doing the work themselves and being able to make it into something they can do for quite a long time to come,' he said.

Mr Secombe says culling feral camels is helping reduce their numbers in some parts of central Australia.

'I don't think this approach is going to aim to get rid of every last camel, it's about getting them down to a level we're they're going to have minimal impact and that's the target, to get those impacts on the natural resources down to a level that's as lowest as possible,' he said.

Source: ABC

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Last updated: 4 April 2012
 
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