As with camels, goats, pigs, cats, foxes and dogs they …

Comment on Horses starve, rotting carcasses near homes by Trevor Shiell.

As with camels, goats, pigs, cats, foxes and dogs they are ignoring the science.
A friend use the natural pheromones of a mating female to aggregate and shoot foxes in SA 50 years ago when skins were highly priced.
The animal lovers in Europe soon shot that down to the detriment of our local natives.
He built a unit at Surfers with the proceeds.
Together with Nicholas Rothwell and Peter Cave we witnessed perhaps 1000 camels gathered for the same reason north of Lake Eyre 10 years ago and I have since seen the same thing on the Sandy Blight road.
I have had the same experience in aggregating feral goats on the SA/NSW border, and many of us have experienced dingos howling for a mate.
We don’t need helicopters, but a basic understanding and the application of their natural mating behaviour.
But on many matters we close our eyes and minds.
A useful addition to CDU would be to commission this work to be done by the CRC unit for feral animal control currently based in Tasmania, as I remember it.
There, of course, are plenty of feral dogs, camels, donkeys, pigs, horses and pigs (Sic) but far more votes.

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Shooting, not selling feral camels
History repeats itself-again.
Culling is not the answer as is demonstrated by the antics of Ninti 1 and the subsequent Senate Estimates meeting with then Senator Sean Edwards and green Senator Lee Brihanan (NSW).
There were two contractors at least who were wanting to go in and harvest camels but were prevented from doing so by the “singing” Federal Minister at the time citing possible exploitation of Indigenous people as the reason.
The powers that be once more ignored the obvious science of animal reproduction and the role of pheremones in their behaviour.
I have been chased by a rampant bull, with frothing mouth, trying to seduce a group of females and with a prominent journo (Nicholas Rothwell), witnessed a group of several hundred camels gathered for the same purpose.
Who needs helicopters?
I have seen that twice now. It works for other invasive species as well.
A friend made a small fortune harvesting foxes using their mating smells as a lure. Goats and pigs also respond well to their mating pheremones.
This is so obvious to all who have heard howling mating dingos but ignored by politicians.
Once again there is a lot of info online with the research being all done on the Indian sub continent when it should have been done here.
Now according to the BBC, Somalia wants to repatriate all 10000 animals to their country, and China has removed so many donkeys from the top of Africa that the rural people there have difficulty transporting their food.
Similarly with transporting large animals.
A friend carts camels with a low loader with collapsable sides built to shift houses. The animals simply step onto it.
A proposal was put to the major trading banks that they could support a mobile processing factory with the products used for disaster relief and Australian Aid.
Only Macquarie Bank responded stating that it was not interested in anything not originating from its own office, although Malcom Fraser and Care Australia supported it. So much for banks’ stated policy of social responsibility.

Unfinished business
Recent footage from China where bikes are treated as a disposable item are frightening with thousands of hire bikes piled on street corners awaiting disposal.
This reminded me of police auctions here on a larger scale.
Why not the interstate style where people drive their cars to a rail station and commute by train or bus to the commercial centre?
It might work here with a round of constantly moving electric mini shuttle buses running shuttle service schedules into the CBD from say, four central points as is happening in some other tourist destinations.
The sad part is the constant belief that the current CBD is in the best place.
Times are changing and to shift the main commercial activity centre to the region of the Transport Hall of Fame as a new tourist reception centre and use this as one of the electric shuttle bus depot to and from the current CBD.
It also needs an icon – a giant cameleer, a giant indigenous person?
No one has ever looked at the visitor numbers associated with this area.
Can you imagine a commercial entity like the Golden Arch setting up without studying the traffic flows?
If they did this at the Welcome Rock they might just get a surprise at the lost commercial opportunities.

Miners claim change of heart about nuclear power
Forget uranium. Think thorium / molten salt.
The USA has been developing theirs since the 1960s but under the counter and India is almost ready to go (2025) possibly using nuclear waste from other countries and our salt.
Where were we again while all this was happening?
And thorium comes from monazite of which we are in the position of having plenty and currently a waste product of rare earth mining not far from here.

Land planning favours developers, says residents group
While we don’t think twice about plundering more of our history to be replaced by dollar yields per square metre thinking just as in the Sydney CBD, Ballarat, with a heritage history like ours, and vital to their tourist industry, is going to great lengths to re-construct and replicate their heritage complete with buildings and recreating new fixtures and frontages to replicate what used to be and what tourists come expecting to see.
Their industry is doing very well.
On the other hand we expect tourists to travel long distances to see exactly the same as they have at home.
We refuse to learn and think only of short term dollars, not long term communal good.
We lost the plot and continue to do so.
The latest classic is the planning proposal for high rise Sydney style apartments at Kilgariff, and the opportunity costs of that stupid development continue to rise with the space to demonstrate what is possible here in food production, shrinking and blowing away in the wind.

Desert Knowledge: 20 years later a new start
I am hopeful that some commercial sense might emerge, and Lend Lease is adding a voice.
They have been running a stand alone subdivision north of Perth for several years, while we have lived in the dark ages.
The costs of Kilgariff have been enormous with more to come. WA is also installing flow batteries in remote communities in preference to diesel, and another Australian company is busy installing post meter stand alone power systems on shopping complexes.
The governance body at DKA was driven by ideology: Ninti 1 was a farce as the Senate estimates hearings showed (ex Senator Sean Edwards) under the guidance of Peter Garret.
I suspect its origin (DKA) was in the need to do something with the Airport land in the days of Infratril. A German research institute (Frauhoffer) was looking for venues to do solar research but no-one thought to invite them here. It has happened again with hydrogen.
A first step would be to scout the world for research institutes to come here to do their research, so we do not keep trying to re-invent the wheel, starting with hydrogen, and licence the results. This is what should have happened 30 years ago.
One day Govt will realise that the future of this town is South of The Gap.

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