O/S Property Access

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Subject: O/S Property Access
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 00 08:04:49 +0000

Last year I took a client to Sarah Henderson's property, Bulloo River 
Station, near the NT/WA border.   This place is a working cattle station, 
and to see the damage done by those animals to waterside vegetation was 
saddening.  Now the client paid dearly for our overnight stay, and the 
couple of hours we spent birding by helicopter (great fun!) and I tried 
to impress on Sarah that she ought to try attracting birdwatchers.  

She really had no idea of the birds on the place, nor that some 
birdwatchers would be willing to pay for such an experience (if not 
birding by helicopter then doing the same by car or horseback).  But she 
was concerned at the damage cattle were doing to  vegetation around the 

Many people (and organisations including government) will not or cannot 
manage land unless they gain some visible economic benefit from doing so. 
 The same applies to Aboriginal people still on their land.  For instance 
my olders sisters are fighting to keep miners out of Kudjekbinj.  But it 
appears they have been steamrolled by younger relatives whose desire for 
the money they believe mining will bring, is greater than their wish to 
keep the country intact.  Esther and Miriam are experienced enough to 
realise the ramifications may outweigh the benefits especially in the 
long term, but all others see are the lack of health and education 
facilities, good roads,vehicles, water and housing for a burgeoning 


Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
Specialist Guide
Ph/fax 08 89818492
PO Box 39373

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