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The Northern Territory news Wed 8 Mar 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 8 Mar 2017

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 2017 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA only trapped six, he said. The result for brush-tailed rabbitrats was worse. We only caught about a third the number as last time, and only found them at half the number of sites. Bandicoots also showed significant declines. He said native animals did E C O L O G I S T H U G H D A V I E S necessary. These properties enable us to accommodate new employees relocating to Darwin and for our internal training programs and volunteers. He added: ... the article has created concern for our people and diverted the publics attention away from the excellent work that is delivered by you all... Ross Coburn THE chief executive of St John Ambulance has offered an explanation to staff after the NT News revealed he rents out his own property in Tiwi to the organisation. In the email, obtained by the NT News, Ross Coburn states, in part: St John has commercial arrangements in place to rent three homes including one owned by me. I have never hidden this, in fact I was happy to assist our organisation during a time when Darwin experienced severe accommodation shortages at the height of the Inpex boom, he wrote. St John is proud to be able to offer accommodation to our staff and volunteers when St John CEOs explanation A month-and-a-half-old northern brown bandicoot at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Picture: SUPPLIED Fires and felines killing Tiwi critters FERAL cats are wreaking havoc on wildlife on the Territorys Melville Island. Native critters including brush-tailed rabbit-rats, blackfooted tree-rats and northern brown bandicoots are among the species hardest hit by the feline invasion of the Tiwis. Surveys conducted by a team from Charles Darwin and Melbourne universities and the Tiwi Land Council found the number of native animals had declined rapidly in the past 15 years. University of Melbourne ecologist Hugh Davies said they had caught about 40 per cent less animals than in the 2002 surveys. So for every ten animals caught last time, this time we best when they were in areas with a thick layer of scrub and no cats. CDU wildlife researcher Brett Murphy said the disappearance of rabbit rats and bandicoots from the study area was a red flag. We had hoped that the Tiwi Islands would serve as a refuge for many animal species that have disappeared from the mainland, but unfortunately that is not the case, he said. Tiwi Land ranger Willie Rioli implored people to desex their cats. The result showing less native animals isnt good, and we are seeing more cats than before, he said. Mr Rioli said rangers were re-evaluating the way they conducted fire management. Burns late in the season left Melville Island without enough scrub cover for the animals to shelter from predators. We are trying to do burns early, he said. It makes them patchy and leaves more habitat for the native wildlife, more food for them and more places to hide from cats. Weve been burning country for thousands of years but now we have to think about cats roaming about. Cats are a tough thing on the Tiwis and right around Australia. The survey findings were published recently in research journal Diversity and Distributions. We are seeing more cats than before We are pleased to announce the reopening of Affiliated with & under the same management as Palmerston Medical Clinic (3/6 Maluka Drive, Palmerston Ph: 8932 5100) 104 Dwyer Circuit, Driver | Ph: 8931 0010 www.dwyerclinic.com.au Dr. Nelumka Dayaratne BSC, MBBCh, BAO, Dip. Paed., FRACGP Dr. Janakan (John) Shanmugaratnam MBBS, MS, MRCS Dr. Mizra Beg MBBS, FRACGP 8:30am 5:00pm weekdays A BULK BILLING SERVICE WP060317NT3A2 Products may not be available in all Woolworths supermarkets, Woolworths Metro or Caltex Woolworths co-branded fuel outlets. See woolworths.com.au for more details. Weight Watchers Classic Menu Frozen Meals 300-370g Was $5.99 6/3/17 $4 ea

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