I can confirm that I recorded the date of one …

Comment on Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here? by Andrew Crouch.

I can confirm that I recorded the date of one of the occasions I visited Kuyunba, when I was approached within the reserve car park by 2 AFP officers for details as described in an earlier post, and yes, I felt it was intrusive on their part.
It was 10/5/2014.

Recent Comments by Andrew Crouch

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
Erwin, it may be worth you digging a bit deeper by asking the AFP: “Are the AFP no longer conducting security visits including requesting driver licence details and recording vehicle registration numbers at Kuyunba?”
This activity may well have been handed on to another entity in recent time, and rather than clarify this publicly the AFP may be choosing to talk only about the literal present.

ED – Many thanks, Andrew. This has occurred to us and I’ve enquired with the local security industry – no luck so far. I’m emailing AFP media now. Kind regards, Erwin.

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
The various times I visited Kuyunba, it was always a pair of AFP officers who turned up, within a couple of minutes of my arrival.
Once they even appeared as I was leaving, offering the rather dubious explanation that since I had been there for some time they were “concerned that I may have been lost”.
It doesn’t say much for the level of sophistication of tasks assigned to Australian staff at Pine Gap.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
Hi All,
The Pheasant Coucal in breeding plumage has a black body but retains its mottled brown plumage on the wings and back.
If John’s bird was black all over, it could have been a male Koel, a bird of similar appearance to a Coucal though a size smaller.
Koels are also very occasional visitors to Alice from the north.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
Nice work Alex. They have been reported only about once a year from Alice Springs, so certainly quite unusual.

Billen’s family: Make telling hotel where you trek mandatory
Accommodation houses and other tourism focussed organisations could readily be encouraged to direct prospective hikers to an Alice Springs business that hires and sells portable locator devices and is experienced in explaining their functions and value. The onus is then with the hiker where the responsibility for their own safety ultimately resides.

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