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Topic: NT’s Gulf Country
Roadkill of the Week: Feral Cat, Carpentaria Highway, NT

Roadkill of the Week: Feral Cat, Carpentaria Highway, NT

Welcome to the NT - where the feral cats are as big as children. The cats grow to about 20kg ... the same weight as a five-year-old boy.

Roadkill of the Week: Spectacled Hare Wallaby. Carpentaria Highway, NT

Roadkill of the Week: Spectacled Hare Wallaby. Carpentaria Highway, NT

Apart from all-to-frequent roadkill there isn't much to see along the 400 or so kilometres of the Carpentaria Highway that runs from the Stuart Highway at Daly Waters to the coast just east of the small town of Borroloola.

Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

AMSANT noted in its submission that it: "...note[d] that the many threats to environmental and public health that have been largely eliminated in the rest of the nation over the past century still blight many of our communities: urban, regional and remote. To this extent, the capacity of comprehensive primary health care to meet the needs of Aboriginal Territorians—to Close the Gap—will continue to be frustrated in environments in which fundamental public health protections are not available or unmet." AMSANT was concerned at the parlous state of environmental health of many of the communities that its members serve, where: "Poor environmental health conditions in remote communities and town camps include inadequate sanitation, water supply, rubbish disposal and grossly overcrowded housing. Basic infrastructure in many remote communities is either absent, inadequate and/or poorly maintained."