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The East Arnhem Shire Council's animal welfare program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of animals and improve the overall health and wellbeing of remote Indigenous people living in the shire. The services include:
Although the Shire is committed to providing a level of Vet Services there is a need to ensure that this meets other key community needs with respect to animal control. Strengthening the animal control program through the development of policy that enables the development of formalised animal control has been highlighted as a key need. This includes developing appropriate local laws, consulting with community members, exploring options for animal population control, educating community members and developing skills and capacity within communities to support the program.
A key outcome of the Animal Welfare Program has been the allocation of funding for the employment of 10 local Indigenous animal management workers.
The shire council works with Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) to provide the services under the program, see links.
Abstract adapted from East Arnhem Shire Council
East Arnhem Shire Council
Cnr of Chesterfield Circuit & Franklin Street
Nhulunbuy NT 0880
PO Box 1060
Nhulunbuy NT 0881
Ph: (08) 8986 8986
Fax: (08) 8986 8999