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Brim-Box J.,Environment | Guest T.,UluuKata Tjua National Park | Barker P.,Greening Australia NT | Jambrecina M.,UluuKata Tjua National Park | And 2 more authors.
Rangeland Journal | Year: 2010

The impact of camel usage at a small rockhole ('X') on the Petermann Aboriginal Land Trust was evaluated from May 2007 through to July 2008. Camel usage and impacts were determined through multiple methods including ground cover, vegetation and macroinvertebrate surveys and through the use of surveillance cameras and depth loggers. Camels appear to use X most heavily in periods when rainfall is scant and more at night than during the day. However, in long periods with little or no rainfall, it appears that camels use X heavily during the day and night and there is little chance for X to re-fill. The low number of macroinvertebrates present during the study period suggests that the aquatic fauna is negatively impacted by the presence of camels, as was the vegetation surrounding X. Shrubs near X showed signs of heavy browsing and the ground cover became denuded of vegetation due to camel browsing and trampling during dry periods. This could lead to long-term alterations in drainage patterns and erosion of the site. Follow-up vegetation and ground cover surveys are needed to better assess these impacts. X was and is a traditional source of drinking water for people travelling through the country. Preliminary microbial analysis indicated that at certain periods X is not suitable for drinking, even if the water itself looks 'clean' or clear. The faecal contamination evident was most probably due to camel use of the waterhole. These results have been discussed with traditional owners, but further microbial analyses may be needed for longer-term assessments. © Australian Rangeland Society 2010. Source


Brittingham R.,Central Land Council | Paltridge R.,Desert Wildlife Services
Australian Mammalogy | Year: 2015

We surveyed for the critically endangered central rock-rat (Zyzomys pedunculatus) near Mt Edward, 70km west of the nearest known extant population in the Northern Territory. We successfully recorded the species in rugged mountain habitat using baited camera traps and from remains recovered from cat scats collected in the area. Source


Rennie E.,Swinburne University of Technology | Crouch A.,Center for Appropriate Technology | Wright A.,Central Land Council | Thomas J.,Swinburne University of Technology
Telecommunications Policy | Year: 2013

Indigenous Australians living in remote areas have little access to the Internet and make little use of it. This article investigates the various dimensions of Internet take-up in remote Indigenous communities in Australia and considers the implications for broadband policy. It focuses specifically on the circumstances and experiences of three remote Indigenous communities in central Australia. Residents in these communities provided significant insight into the social, economic and cultural aspects of communications access and use. This evidence is used to examine the drivers and barriers to home Internet for remote Indigenous communities and to discuss a complex set of issues, including: the dynamics of remote living, economic priorities, cultural engagement with technology, and the characteristics of domestic life in remote Indigenous communities. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Preuss K.,Central Land Council | Preuss K.,Australian National University | Dixon M.,Central Land Council
Ecological Management and Restoration | Year: 2012

This paper offers insights and practical lessons for a 'two-way' approach to combining Indigenous and non-Indigenous ecological knowledge in environmental planning and management. It is based on the experience of developing an Indigenous Protected Area to conserve 10 million hectares of biologically and culturally significant land in the Southern Tanami region of Central Australia. © 2012 Ecological Society of Australia. Source


Strehlow K.,Murdoch University | Guest T.,Central Land Council | Campbell M.,Central Land Council | Bubb A.,Ninti One Ltd | And 8 more authors.
Rangeland Journal | Year: 2016

The Katiti and Petermann Aboriginal Land Trusts (KPALT) in central Australia contain significant biological and cultural assets, including the World Heritage-listed Uluu-Kata Tjua National Park. Until relatively recently, waterbodies in this remote region were not well studied, even though most have deep cultural and ecological significance to local Aboriginal people. The region also contains some of the highest densities of feral dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) in the nation, and was a focus area for the recently completed Australian Feral Camel Management Project. Within the project, the specific impacts of feral camels on waterholes were assessed throughout the KPALT. We found that aquatic macroinvertebrate biodiversity was significantly lower at camel-accessible sites, and fewer aquatic taxa considered 'sensitive' to habitat degradation were found at sites when or after camels were present. Water quality at camel-accessible sites was also significantly poorer (e.g. more turbid) than at sites inaccessible to camels. These results, in combination with emerging research and anecdotal evidence, suggest that large feral herbivores, such as feral camels and feral horses, are the main immediate threat to many waterbodies in central Australia. Management of large feral herbivores will be a key component in efforts to maintain and improve the health of waterbodies in central Australia, especially those not afforded protection within the national park system. Source

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