Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Ms Tina Macfarlane
Efforts to improve animal management in remote communities will continue under a re-elected Coalition Government through an extension of funding for veterinary outreach services.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, announced today that up to $1.8 million would be provided to the not-for profit Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) initiative over the next three years.
“Welfare of animals, particularly dogs and cats, is an important issue in remote communities, including homelands and outstations,” Minister Scullion said.
“Issues associated with large populations of diseased dogs and cats in remote communities can have a significant impact on the health of people living in the communities.
“This funding will allow AMRRIC to continue its work de-sexing dogs and cats, treating animals for parasites and, where necessary, euthanising sick or unwanted dogs and cats.
“AMRRIC is also doing an outstanding job working in communities on animal management plans and educating communities about how to properly care for their animals and this funding will enable it to continue this important work.
“In Australia there are almost 100 pathogens that can be passed from dogs to humans and in some remote communities, where living conditions are poor, the likelihood of animal-to human transmission is much greater.”
Ms MacFarlane said in some communities, the dog population was almost out of control.
“There are clear health issues associated with starving and diseased dogs fighting over food with children and sharing living quarters with people living in the remote communities,” Ms MacFarlane said.
“The great work AMRRIC does in working with local communities and partnering with local community leadership helps provide a strong platform for the delivery of effective education programmes.”