A Coalition Government will commit $1.7m over three years to deal with major ongoing dog issues in Indigenous remote communities, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion and candidate for Lingiari Tina MacFarlane said.
“The Coalition has promised $1,714,500 to support veterinary outreach services to control dog numbers and disease in Indigenous communities and outstations,”Mrs MacFarlane said during a visit to Maningrida with Senator Scullion.
Senator Scullion said the current dog population problem in many remote communities was almost out of control, and was a danger to residents, especially children.
“There are health and animal welfare issues with many dogs starving and diseased fighting over food with children, and sleeping in people’s beds,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs MacFarlane said the funding will go to the not-for-profit charity Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) to desex 15,600 dogs and cats, treat 20,000 animals for parasites, and euthanize sick and unwanted dogs and cats. AMRRIC will develop 300 animal management plans and conduct community education programs in over 60 Communities.
“I have heard from Kalkaringi residents who are deeply concerned with dog problems in that community and I want Kalkaringi to be the first cab of the rank for the AMRRIC project,” Mrs MacFarlane said.
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