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Camel economy: remote Aboriginal communities capitalise on feral export - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

11.6.16

Camel economy: remote Aboriginal communities capitalise on feral export - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The Ngaanyatjarra Lands is a group of remote Aboriginal communities in the central-east of Western Australia, and in 2012 the council representing the region signed a joint venture with the Central Livestock Management and formed The Ngaanyatjarra Camel company.

The idea was to muster mobs of wild camels into holding yards, and truck them to an abattoir in South Australia.

Alex Knight is the manager of land and culture at the Ngaanyatjarra Council and said that managing the pests in a way that had economic outcome, instead of shooting them and leaving them to rot, simply made sense to his members.

He recalled the meeting of the Aboriginal council when the camel company was formed.

"The members actually cheered, and I'm standing next to my boss, the CEO, and he said 'Alex, that doesn't happen a lot'.

"People were very pleased to do it because they'd always wanted to use camels and sell them."


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