By Caddie Brain ABC
A new camel company has been formed in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands near the Western Australia-Northern Territory border to muster and sell feral camels.
Set up by Ngaanyatjarra Council, it will service about a dozen Indigenous communities and has created 16 jobs so far.
Head of land and culture Alex Knight says they’ve mustered over 7000 camels in their first few months.
“We had some concerns from the RSPCA so we invited them to come and they had a representative up and she was very pleased with it,” he said.
“The thing she also saw was the level of engagement with the local community.
“Tjukurla is a tiny place, but I think the whole community was out there watching what was going on.
“Anangu love hunting, and mustering is like hunting but in big mobs.”
The camels are being trucked to an abattoir in Peterborough in South Australia and exported to north Africa.
Its estimated that theres 750,000 feral camels in Central Australia that can inundate remote communities during dry conditions.
Alex Knight says thereve been particularly bad in over summer throughout the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
Last summer we had people from Tjukurla ringing up because they had camels damaging community infrastructure there,” he said.
It happens in most of our small communities.
The country dries out, the camels come looking for water and they bust taps and push air-conditioners out.
So what we did up at Tjukurla is we made an alternative water point out of town and have build yards there for us to muster.
Instead of those animals getting water stressed, theyll be healthy and we can truck them healthy.
Were helping to solve the feral camel problem and making money doing it.