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Emma Kennedy- East Arnhem Shire

East Arnhem Shire Council

Check out Emma’s story at : http://www.amrric.org/2008/08/01/member-of-the-month-page As below: East Arnhem Shire Council I’ve recently started the new position of Vet/AW&CO, which was developed with the aim of implementing more sustainable, community owned Animal Health & Management Programs across the East Arnhem Shire. This involves the delivery of regular vet services; education to the community regarding animal awareness, health and management; training indigenous community members to assist in the program; and also working closely with the communities to develop culturally appropriate Animal Management policies & by-laws. My interest such work developed when I took part in the Inaugural Melbourne University trip to the Pitjantjatjara Lands Dog Health Program. Since then I've been involved in The Bali Street Dog Fund, a similar DHP in Rajasthan, India and also Dr Ted Donelan’s program in Maningrida, West Arnhem Land. Last year I spent 7 months on Elcho Island, where I found myself immersed in voluntary vet work, and became much more aware of fundamental issues influencing Indigenous community life and the camp dog situation. This experience sparked my passion and encouraged me to look further into solutions to the ongoing and recurrent issues of parasite burdens, over population, skin disease, pack behaviour and community concerns of nuisance and dangerous dogs. The East Arnhem Shire is the first shire to develop this role and it is hoped that this approach results in improved animal health & population control; heightened animal health & welfare awareness; empowerment within the community and more stringent regulations for pet owners. Further reference to Emma’s volunteer work is found at : http://www.amrric.org/node/293


Sponsored by Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

Contact name: Dr Emma Kennedy
Contact position: Project Officer
Contact address: PO Box 1060
Contact phone: (08) 8986 8902
Contact fax: (08) 8986 8999
Contact email: emma.kennedy@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au
Council's web site: www.eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

Women in Local Government:

This award recognises local governments which demonstrate a commitment to providing opportunities to women in decision making and management.

Visit the sponsor's web site: www.regional.gov.au


Last Updated: 17 October, 2013