It was helpful to read all those comments on poisons …

Comment on Volunteers are beating buffel by Craig San Roque.

It was helpful to read all those comments on poisons and methods and hope … and big pictures, but when it comes down to it, all I do most mornings around 6.30am is go out through the back gate into the Coolabah Swamp with a hoe or mattock and a dog and chip out a buffel or two.
I don’t argue with the dog, I don’t instruct the buffel. I don’t see anyone else, much, doing so.
In a population of 24,000.

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Volunteers are beating buffel
Erwin, thanks for running this story.
Readers might like to know that the same thing is happening in the Coolabah Swamp / Ankerre Ankerre.
A handful of local land care people under the watchful eye of the local TO family are clearing back buffell and invasive saltbush (originally planted for dust control in the 1970s).
Look around the Sturt and Stott Terrace corners and back of Mueller and Lindsay Avenue.
You will see the clearing and new growth. Once upon a time the Coolabah Swamp was overgrown, trashed and seen as wasteland. Now, with the support of the group it’s safe to rest and walk though some of it.
Anyone can see how its getting to be a happier part of the fertile native bush spaces of Alice – like Spencer Hill – and some of the riverside.
Maybe next on the list would be cleaning up the buffel from the heritage site of Billy Goat Hill / Alkeyule. Take a walk up there and see for yourself.

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A big worry in Central Australian Aboriginal life turns around being hungry, getting access to good food without having to give it all away, the cost of vegetables in community stores, the prevalence of sugars in all forms, hunting money as a way of getting fed … etc … There is a way of thinking that goes with hunting and gathering. Hunger is a worry.

Alice Springs News Online readers who are interested in such themes might like two perceptive books reviewed in the New Statesman by John Gray 13/11/2015.
These are The Reproach of Hunger; Food Justice and Money in the 21st Century by David Rieff (Verso) and Eating People is Wrong and Other Essays on Famine, its Past and Future by Cormac O Grada (Princeton).
The final words in “Eating People is Wrong” are “… efforts (to handle hunger internationally) are constrained by vested interests, by power politics, by geography, by poverty, by ignorance, by cynicism, and by false analysis.”
I wonder how locally experienced people would analyse our own situation, taking notice also of Cormac’s list. It would be useful to hear how the bush stores are going.

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