@2 No! None of the projects I mention had anything …

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@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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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
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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Mating odour to catch feral cats
Cats roam and I wonder how many much-loved pet cats have ended up on this rural property.
Cats should always be trapped and taken to the local shelter.
Shelter staff and volunteers will then check for a microchip to see if there is a registered owner and advertise online to try to re-home. They are dealt with humanely at all times.


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The Suprise 1 well at Mt Kitty pumped oil for more than a year that was transported in tankers. Little has been reported by the company on the commercial possibilities of the helium.


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Forget the old tech ground searches.
Fly the latest high tech drones equipped with high-resolution cameras or video and analyse the results.
She would have been found on day two after being reported missing.
After an initial cost of perhaps $100,000 the drone system would pay for itself within a year and the tourist industry would be better off.


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Old asbestos clad science block sent to the community (instead of dumping it}.
Over the next three months, Alice Springs tradies renovate the building.
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Darwin designed building has no security so is broken into and trashed, then closed for six months as the school tries to get it repaired.
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Gunner has made the right call on the location of the proposed gallery and offered substantial funding.
No other sensible and economically viable location has been proposed.
The gallery will probably operate at a loss as does the Desert Park.
To be sustainable the loss must be minimised and it must add value to our tourist businesses.
South of the Gap / at the Desert Part are not suitable locations.
The Greens are engaged in misguided economically damaging democracy.
They are doing the same by using their position on the Water Board to slow down mining development at Mt Pearce.
This action threatens the offer of generous funding.


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