DPI in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter cat­tle per­ish

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Outback Dedication - . AN­DREA DAVY An­[email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

THE DPI has put down more than 80 head of de­hy­drated cat­tle on Noonkan­bah Sta­tion, in the Kim­ber­ley, af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed a se­ri­ous an­i­mal wel­fare is­sue.

Western Aus­tralia’s Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional Devel­op­ment con­ducted in­spec­tions on the his­toric prop­erty over two days on De­cem­ber 26-27, and have al­leged a num­ber of wa­ter points on the sta­tion were in­ac­ces­si­ble or not op­er­a­tional.

Noonkan­bah, which is run by the Yungn­gora As­so­ci­a­tion In­cor­po­rated, is lo­cated be­tween Cam­ballin and Fitzroy Cross­ing.

In a press re­lease posted online, the depart­ment said a “sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of cat­tle had died”. Western Aus­tralian me­dia have re­ported 1000 head in to­tal have per­ished.

The depart­ment stated Di­rec­tion No­tices had been is­sued un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act, re­quir­ing that all cat­tle must have ac­cess to proper and suf­fi­cient wa­ter.

Yungn­gora As­so­ci­a­tion Inc chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Christo­pher Wilkin said two con­trac­tors were en­gaged “prior to this” and that the As­so­ci­a­tion would “con­tinue to ad­dress these is­sues, tak­ing any and all nec­es­sary steps needed”.

“It also has been work­ing closely with and un­der ad­vice from the Depart­ment in a con­certed effort to en­sure that im­me­di­ate and long term sus­tain­able an­i­mal wel­fare is achieved,” he said.

Mean­while, the DPI has said the sta­tion is un­der­tak­ing ur­gent re­pair and re­place­ment work at key wa­ter points and that re­cent rain­fall has helped al­le­vi­ate im­me­di­ate con­cerns.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan praised the depart­ment’s team for work­ing over the Christ­mas pe­riod to re­spond to the is­sue.

“All pas­toral prop­er­ties need to be vig­i­lant in en­sur­ing cat­tle have ac­cess to feed and wa­ter, es­pe­cially given the hot con­di­tions and lack of sur­face wa­ter in the north this sea­son,” she said.

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WEL­FARE CON­CERNS: The Western Aus­tralian Govern­ment has put down 85 head hu­manely af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing a prop­erty which had “in­ac­ces­si­ble wa­ter points”.

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