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Angas Downs IPA Field Report 2010-2011

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By , August 3, 2011 4:06 pm

The Angas Downs IPA field report for 2010-11 is now available. The report outlines the results of biodiversity surveys and landscape health surveys completed on the Indigenous Protected Area during that period.

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Kangaroos, low emission meat and the Carbon Farming Initiative

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By , July 21, 2011 6:23 pm

The ABC Science Show on 16 July 2011 discussed the future of meat in Australia and the world. The presenter Robyn Williams asked the questions, ‘Can we afford all the land, energy, water and carbon release cattle and sheep require? Is farming meat now just too hard? Should roos be used as substitutes? Could we manufacture meat in vats in factories instead, using bacteria?’

He interviewed George Wilson who presented a paper on “Kangaroos, low emission meat and the Carbon Farming Initiative. The program Where’s the beef? Or is this the end of meat? can be downloaded from the ABC RN Science Show website.


AWS aircraft

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By , July 19, 2011 3:12 pm

AWS has acquired a part share of an aircraft to assist with our field work and data collection. The Cessna 182 Turbo was flown out from Florida in USA via Hawai and Samoa, landing at the Gold Coast in late April.

In June it was used in a survey of feral camels in the Great Victoria Desert in central Australia.

In late August 2011 it provided support to searches of gullies and remote creeks on Angas Downs looking for Anangu art and heritage sites. It also conducted kangaroo and camel survey of the property.

Camel survey from the air – Great Victoria Desert

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By , June 10, 2011 10:06 am

AWS is collaborating in the collection of information on the distribution and abundance of camels in the Great Victoria Desert. The project involves large-scale aerial survey across the South Australian and West Australian border. Transects are flown at 250 feet above the ground and a 200 m strip is observed on either side of the aircraft in which camels are counted. The results are then used to estimate camel populations in the region as a prelude to subsequent control.

In recent years the growing size and impact of the feral camel population in Australia’s rangelands has emerged as a serious issue of management. The Australian Government has committed $19 million to a four-year project to reduce the number and density of feral camels around priority environmental assets (biological refugia and high conservation value aquatic ecosystems). With an equivalent level of activity by state governments, there is potential for a significant reduction in the size and impact of the feral camel herd, as well as opportunities for some development of a local camel industry. More details at

15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference – Indigenous Wildlife and Feral Management

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By , June 7, 2011 1:34 pm

Dr George Wilson Chaired the Indigenous Wildlife /Feral Management session at the 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference in Sydney 20-23 June 2011. Further information visit the AVPC website.
15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

‎15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

Angkum Indigenous Protected Area

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By , June 7, 2011 1:00 pm


Australian Wildlife Services is helping traditional owners of the Angkum homelands, Cape York Queensland to develop a plan of management for the proposed Angkum Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). Angkum Homelands are on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, about 80km south of Lockhart River, at about 13 degrees south of the equator in the Cape York Peninsula biogeographic region. Angkum want to maintain and restore the integrity of the land and sea environments of the Angkum homelands, as well as sustain the interaction between Angkum people and their natural resources. Australian Wildlife Services will work with traditional owners of this unique environment to deliver their dream and aspirations for management and monitoring of Angkum IPA and combining traditioanl ecological knowledge with science. Importantly, traditional owners will be establishing a visitor protocol for visitors to Angkum homelands and IPA which will enable rangers and the IPA manager to enforce correct use of thier lands and sea country.

Collecting GPS collars on ACT Kangaroos

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By , March 17, 2011 9:04 am

On 13 March 2011, George Wilson of Australian Wildlife Services volunteered with ACT Parks and Wildlife to collect GPS tracking collars from Kangaroos around ACT Parks. Eastern grey kangaroos have been fitted with GPS tracking collars to assess their home range and movement throughout ACT’s urban parks. Twelve of these collars were programmed to fall off the kangaroos on March 13. A radio tracking receiver was used to find collar signals. The receivers are able to pick up collar direction and proximity to help the volunteers locate the collars. For more information visit the TAMS website.

Video of Angas Downs Rangers at work

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By , March 2, 2011 9:30 am

A video of rangers carrying out their duties on Angas Downs is available on Youtube: Video. It has been prepared for the rangers to present to the Indigenous Protected Areas Managers Meeting held in Jervis Bay, NSW and the Central Land Council Ranger Camp, Ross River, NT, March 2011.

Landscape Function Analysis and Soil Carbon on Angas Downs

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By , December 22, 2010 1:27 pm

During December 2010, Australian Wildlife Services conducted two weeks of field work and monitoring on Angas Downs with the Anangu Angas Downs IPA Rangers. Monitoring included Landscape Function Analysis transects, soil carbon and bulk density cores, pitfall trapping, Cybertracker surveys, Track-based monitoring and photo points. All LFA sites showed an increase in landscape function due to increases in annual and perennial plant growth. Soil Carbon analysis is pending with the Australian National University in Canberra. Due to 544mm recorded at the Angas Downs camp during the year, the plants, flowers, animals, reptiles and birds are flourishing. Of particular abundance were water birds including Cormorants, White-faced herons, Black-tailed Native hens (breeding), Banded Plovers (breeding), wood ducks, grey teals, hardheads and during October a Black-fronted Dotteral and Nankeen Night Heron were observed. Cockateils were in the 100s. Three species of reptiles not previously observed on Angas Downs were also observed.

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‘Dinner for Angas Downs’ with special guest Barry Cohen

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By , November 29, 2010 10:54 am

Angas Downs Dreaming

Thank you to all that attended The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin’s “A Dinner for Angas Downs” at the Brassey Hotel, Barton,  ACT, Thursday 25th November 2010. Approximately 100 guests flocked to the Brassey Hotel to hear about progress with Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area and to hear from special guest speaker The Hon Barry Cohen AM. Money was raised for Angas Downs with proceeds from the tickets, donations and money raised during an auction of Aboriginal artwork, game meat products and emu eggs.

The Guest Speaker, The Hon Barry Cohen AM, delighted us with tales from his life and books about being a Minister for the Environment  1983 to 1987 in the Hawke Government.  Barry Cohen admits that the funny side of his profession kept him sane through thirty years as a politician.  With his hilarious stories about life in politics, Barry has led a post-political life as a speaker and commentator.

His books are: Life with Gough (1996);  From Whitlam to Winston (1997); The Almost Complete Gough (2001); and The Life Of The Party  (1987).

Extremely entertaining and a good night was had by all.

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The evening raised funds for Rotary-backed development projects supporting the Aboriginal community at Imanpa in central Australia. The community holds the pastoral lease to Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area. Through tourism and increasing the numbers of preferred wildlife species, Rotary is supplementing support from the Department of Environment to integrate conservation of wildlife with commercial opportunities, strengthen land and culture connections and improve Indigenous health and well-being. Important initiatives that need funding include installing solar power and rain water tanks, improving property communications and starting a quandong nursery.

More details on Angas Downs can be found on Wikipedia at:

Donations are still welcome.

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