This brings us back to the Notice at the Nyirripi Store and begs the following question. Has anyone bothered to ask the locals if they want the Police to shoot their dogs? No? I thought not.
Ms SCRYMGOUR: You would not mind paying that amount of money if...Ms CANNON: If it worked! Ms SCRYMGOUR:...it actually worked and provided the kind of information you needed. Ms CANNON: I would not mind paying my $1.2 million if it worked...Ms CANNON: Oh, yes. It has not been a good process.
AMRRIC is covering a wider field now in that we are trying to help out with not only facilitating vets into communities but also to help the local Shires with legislation, trying to increase awareness at the Federal government level of the problems with animal management nationally and we are also trying to increase education of the community.
Like many other aspects of life in Aboriginal communities the dogs there are far more visible in Aboriginal communities where there are few fences and the dogs can all be seen in public, whereas in the suburbs of Palmerston and Darwin the dogs are all behind fences and locked inside houses and you just don’t see them.
Last Friday Helen and Mark Hughes put their names to an opinion piece in The Australian entitled Authorities must not wag school. In short the arguments that the Hughes’ make are that Federal, State and Territory governments abandon their responsibilities to students – particularly remote Aboriginal students – by the stealthy foreshortening of school terms […]
The Shire of Halls Creek is particularly impecunious; it has a very small rating base and few other revenue opportunities...it is responsible for a very large road network that it does not have adequate resources to maintain at an appropriate level...[t]he poor state of the Tanami Road is a serious impediment to providing services of all kinds.
The traditional relationship between Aboriginal people and dingoes as companions and hunting aides has changed and many communities are have real problems with non-dingo dog health and numbers...but there are some that are really taking steps to do something about these problems...
There are few enough success stories here in the desert, but surely the Kurdu-Kurdu Kurlangu Childcare Centre at Yuendumu must qualify as one of the best. It provides real jobs, and real, accredited national-standard, training, to 14 local women. But maybe not for much longer – it appears that those jobs are at real risk […]
Local Government elections will be held in the NT on 25 October 2008 for the ten new Councils incorporated following the implementation of the recent Local Government Reforms in the NT. Further information is available at the NT Electoral Commission website. Nominations and ballot paper positions have been settled and are available here. As I […]