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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Anindilyakwa Land Council newsletter


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Date:2012-11; October/November; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Groote Eylandt (N.T.); Anindilyakwa Land Council; Aboriginal Australians; Land tenure; Periodicals

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Issue 11, October/November 2012 Edition

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10 | CMYK SPOT A Ayakwa | A PUBLICATION OF THE ANINDILYAKWA LAND COUNCIL rangers train as Fisheries officers Too many breeding dogs Several aLC rangers are doing training to help protect fishing for their children and grandchildren. David Campbell, Keith Lambert and Philip Mamarika went to Darwin to do training towards a Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance (Law Enforcement). Jennifer Yantarrnga joined them for the week. We have to look after the fish so we can fish in the future, Philip said. Many of the local people have been going out and catching fish as a trophy. But the hook in the mouth brings up the guts so often they dont survive. Or other people will bring the fish back to land and dump them, we dont know why. Philip said having the qualification meant they could operate as licensed Fisheries officers. It means we can check eskies and make sure people are doing the right thing in general, Philip said. Philip said topics included promoting the sustainable use of local marine and freshwater environments; and communicating effectively in cross-cultural environments. We learned all about fisheries, Philip said. We talked about land closures, closed lands, putting markers in, and reporting things to Fisheries and to Water Police. If there is an incident, we contact Fisheries and give them information including dates, photos and GPS points. Ranger Elma Yantarrnga has already finished her certificate and is now working towards a Certificate IV. Vet Dr Emma Kennedy is warning residents of the problems associated with dogs that breed. She said female dogs breed as early as six months old and often cause many problems for owners. Puppies are often born sick. If they survive, they start breeding early too. When there are too many dogs in community, dogs become sick, hungry and uncared for. Too many dogs in the community can make people sick too. Ask Dr Emma to give your dog an operation to stop them from having puppies. Look out for posters for Dr Emmas next visit. FISHInG For THE FuTurE: Philip Mamarika and Jennifer yantarrnga will be checking eskies and making sure people do the right thing when catching fish. Cane toad alert renewed residents are being reminded to help keep Groote Eylandt cane toad free. A cane toad was found in Alyangula recently; it was captured but residents are being reminded of the threat to the terrestrial environment of Groote Eylandt. It is up to all of us to ensure luggage, equipment and anything else we bring to the island is free of these animals and that suppliers are made aware of the precautions that are required, ALC mining and environment advisor Ross McDonald said. If you are out camping or just driving around the island, please keep an eye out for these animals and report any suspected toads. Anyone that finds something they suspect to be a cane toad is urged to do all they can to capture it, place it in a bag or container, and contact Ross on 0429 8546 97 or the ALC Rangers on 8987 6703. PrECauTIonS: residents are urged to keep an eye out for cane toads. LanD & SEa