@ Hal: The research report I quoted from also says: …

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

@ 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.

Charlie Carter Also Commented

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.


Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
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.


Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

New COVID initiative rehashes old projects
The Morrison plan applies to “a renovation price range of $150,000 up to $750,000”.
Wow! This is serious welfare for the rich.
You can get it if you own a house, and are prepared to spend upwards of 150 grand on a reno.
I suspect it won’t help the local tradies much. A reno for more than 15 grand is probably more in the local price range.
I’m sure Harbourside Mansion and co will be delighted.


Your CBD, their plans
And of course the Elephant standing in the Mall is the (trumpet fanfare) “The National Aboriginal Art Gallery Site at the Anzac Precinct”.
It will (according to the Gunner original reasons for the choice) “revitalise the north end of the Mall”.


Use your dollar to force fuel prices down: Murray Stewart
As a small business person with income reduced to zero by the hiatus in tourism, I suggest that there may be another factor to consider as well as price differential.
Because of the reduction of travel generally, and tourism travel in particularly, fuel outlet sales have no doubt plummeted.
And, like most businesses, their fixed costs are still there. Rent, insurance, staff, etc still have to be paid with less income, so some increase in profit differential may be justified.


Masters Games this October, not 2022: Lambley
“And if the borders happen to be open.”
Yes Robyn, and if my aunty had balls she’d be my uncle.


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
I am saddened by the lack of legal and cultural awareness by some of your correspondents.
@ Jack: Native title is a whitefella legal construct. It does not in any way diminish sacred site or traditional attachment to country.
@ WB: The proposal is for an Aboriginal Art Gallery. Aboriginal Art has contributed millions to the Alice community. The Aboriginal Gallery would do likewise. Don’t you think they are entitled to say where it should go?
@ Perrule: Private stuff doesn’t come into it. The Desert Knowledge precinct is the location that no Aboriginal people disagree with as far as I can determine. It is strongly supported by the most relevant custodians.
@ Peter: Again, Don’t you think they are entitled to say where it should go?
@ Arunta Man: Spot on.


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