In April 2011 I wrote a 1500 word article for …

Comment on Indigenous business shows way to camel profits by Charlie Carter.

In April 2011 I wrote a 1500 word article for the ASN on the camel culling / harvesting issue.
To respond to this article and the comments on it I quote from my original article;
“To just stop the population increasing would require 70,000 80,000 camels harvested every year!”
“Feral camels have potential commercial uses. A camel industry has been emerging in Australia over the last 20 years, but it is still very small.”
“Commercial utilisation could potentially remove enough animals to have a significant localised impact … However, a flourishing camel industry alone can not bring down the camel population in the short term.”
The research report from the DK provided much of the information, and I quote from it:-
The commercial utilisation of feral camels can, and should, be integrated into a national feral camel management strategy. Commercial utilisation will have localised impact on feral camel numbers (and their negative impacts), but such utilisation needs to be seen as part of a comprehensive feral camel management strategy aimed at significantly reducing the negative impacts of the species.”
“Harvesting for commercial utilisation should focus on two regions. These are the tri-state border region (SA, NT, and WA) and the Alice Springs region.”
“The commercial utilisation of feral camels provides an opportunity for local economic development, employment, capacity building, and empowerment.”
So, yes this is an excellent story, and is part of the development of the industry, which we hope will continue
But to suggest that it somehow negates the DK research, or the culling program is just plain wrong.

Charlie Carter Also Commented

Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
@ Hal: The research report I quoted from also says: “The farming of camels could support a sustainable alternative pastoral industry but would not contribute to the management of feral camels.”
I thought this was self evident.
If Hal Duell was suggesting that the wild camels in the remotest parts of the Centre, with next to no access or infrastructure, should have been mustered and farmed, then he truly has no understanding of the issues.


Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
@ Hal. I fail to see how energetic thinking, bureaucratic or otherwise can overcome the simple arithmetic.
Average 6,000 / year mustered, 70,000 – 80,000 needed just to stop population growth. The “national resource” – feral animals – was trashing our natural resource, the arid environment of Central Australia.


Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
What on earth is John Bell talking about? Something that did not happen in 1983?
Anangu didn’t have ownership of the land then.
If the “Charlie” referred to is me, I wasn’t in the NT then, and have never had any role in the management of the park.
Who the hell is Clyde?


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Trevor: I have been a guide at Uluru Kata Tjuta NP. In answer to your specious query, may I suggest;
1. Yes, walk around the rock, slowly.
2. Walk into Walpa Gorge, then watch the sunset at Kata Tjuta (and have an evening picnic).
3. Walk the full Valley of the Winds walk.
4. Spend a few hours in the cultural centre.
5. And yes, you’d probably want to see the sunset on Uluru.


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Gas is well (pun intended) on the way to being a stranded asset.
It is not “clean”.
It will survive as an interim back up fuel for a short while.
See the analysis.


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Also, a couple of relevant points.
The fracked gas will be incredibly expensive.
It is only viable with lots of taxpayers’ subsidies.
By the time it comes on stream, if ever, it will be an unacceptable fuel source on climate change grounds.
A stranded asset (aka an enormous liability).
Business as usual for the Gunner Government offering last century responses to 21st century problems.


That’s why we all live here
It was bloody marvellous even from the backyard in Eastside.


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