What short memories most of us have: Docker River has …

Comment on Footy glory for Centre’s best lasts just a weekend by Cameleer.

What short memories most of us have: Docker River has had two camel enterprises, Kintore has had three etc etc. These were all very well funded in terms of training, building camel yards, buying motorbikes and land cruisers.
What were the outcomes? The new motorbikes were thrashed to death, the Toyotas went missing in action, the stock yards turned to graveyards as trainers walked away and without them the camels were left to slowly starve to death in their stock yards.
A few camels were caught and tethered to trees until they could be collected, their skeletons can still be seen in the same place, the remains of rope visible around their necks.
Please, shoot them from aeoplanes, until there are many other changes, it is by far the cheapest and most humane way to reduce their numbers.

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Footy glory for Centre’s best lasts just a weekend
Yes, when you think about it, many communities could get their meat for almost nothing from feral pests like camels and rabbits. Imagine the savings. No doubt Ninti One are writing a submission for half a million bucks to get funding for the idea.

Footy glory for Centre’s best lasts just a weekend
@2 No! None of the projects I mention had anything to do with getting tourists out bush to ride camels.
They were as you describe, round up the camels using off road motorbikes and herd them into stock yards before trucking them off.
As to what went wrong, there was a culture of “lack of respect” towards vehicles, the bikes were irreparable within three months.
Poor work attendance and continuity of the same workers were major problems, train one person and he’s gone somewhere else – start again.
Animal handling was a major problem – camels were frequently injured. This was despite a high input of training.
Over the last few years an energetic whitefella at Docker River started a small business shooting camels around Docker, butchering them on the spot and taking the meat back to the community.
A number of local men were trained and there were hopes that this would continue after he left, after all no yards were needed, camels everywhere, including on the main road – all you need is a rifle, knives and a ute. Despite the high demand for the cheap or free camel meat the business collapsed the same day the whitefella left.

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