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FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA RSPCA volunteer Danica Sterk helps to look after the cats at the pound. Picture: BARRY SKIPSEY Council stumped as feral cats fill traps THE number of feral cats being impounded at the Alice Springs animal shelter is continuing to fluctuate, a recent Alice Springs Town Council report shows. Corporate and Community Services directorate update figures suggest 160 ferals were captured and impounded in the past five months. Director Craig Catchlove said council had exhausted all possible solutions. The number of feral cats we are picking up is still very high there would be at least half a dozen feral cats caught in the traps each day, he said. The guys are out every morning spending the first hour or so after the river runs collecting cat traps with feral cats inside. So its still a large part of our activities at the moment. We cant bait in town because thats too dangerous, and we cant shoot in town because that is also too dangerous, which means the traps are virtually the only solution we have at the moment. Council investigated the possibility of delivering a sub sidy program for the desexing of cats in November last year but were unsuccessful. Mr Catchlove said although the program would have assisted with some cases, pet owners still held the responsibility of having domestic animals fixed. After an exhaustive search, there was nothing that comes remotely along those lines, he said. So we basically said that we cant go ahead because there was no program out there to help fund it. And we certainly cant fund it internally. We are doing what we can do at the moment, but we believe it is a pet owners duty to have their cats desexed, and it also means cheaper registrations for their cats, as well. But, the issue isnt necessarily with domestic cats breeding its feral cats breeding among themselves, so subsidising the sterilisation of domestic cats wouldnt have much of an impact on the issue we are facing at the moment. Sarah Rohweder COUNCIL REPORTER The number of feral cats we are picking up is still very high there would be at least half a dozen feral cats caught in the traps each day Pine Gap to aid missing girls search Rally for Rollback Saturday INFORMATION gathered by satellites in Pine Gap could be used in the global search for the 200 missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Australia has offered to share with Nigeria any satellite intelligence it gathers to help find the girls kidnapped by radical Islamic militants who are ideologically opposed to the education of women. Although Foreign Minister Julie Bishop didnt specify Australian intelligence would include information gathered by satellite ground stations such as Pine Gap, the base gathers worldwide intelligence from US Satellites. It has been presumed Pine Gap also holds intelligence regarding the missing Malaysian Flight MH370. Australia has offered to share whatever geospatial intelligence we have to locate the girls, Ms Bishop told The Australian. A RALLY will be held on the Alice Springs Courthouse lawns at 12pm this Saturday, June 21, to mark seven years since the start of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response also know as the NT intervention. Headed by protest group Rollback the Intervention, the rally will feature a range of speakers calling on the Federal Government to remove what they have deemed as racist policies within the NT. The Emergency Response was first implemented in the Territory by Prime Minister John Howard in 2007 following allegations of rampant child sex abuse and petrol sniffing in remote indigenous communities. The Emergency Response has since been replaced by the similar Stronger Futures Policy. An official from Rollback the Intervention said the group would be marching for self-determination and reconciliation. W S N W S N S N H C 0 0 H C 0 0 7 5 /A 7 5 /A N T N T N N If youre putting off seeking health advice, take the first step in facing your fear and call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse 24/7. For more information visit www.healthdirect.gov.au affects mens health every dayafffef cts mens hehea Fear of Finding OutThe