East Arnhem Regional Council makes the following statement in relation to the current veterinary practice situation within the township of Nhulunbuy and Council’s veterinary services delivery capacity.
Council recently engaged with the NT Government to appoint professionals to prepare a Feasibility Study reviewing the viability of a stand alone Veterinary Service for Nhulunbuy, of which Council could consider operating. After considering the results of this study, Council has voted not to pursue this service. EARC allocated considerable time and resources in the investigation of viability, working with key stakeholders in the search for a solution, and we are disappointed at any reference suggesting otherwise.
East Arnhem Regional Council supports the need for veterinary services to be available to residents of Nhulunbuy and appreciates the impact that this current service delivery gap is causing. It is not however within Council’s capacity to expand our program to provide veterinary services to the township. Council’s key priority must remain on providing the best possible
Animal Welfare Program to our constituents within our operational locations. Council is committed to providing an Animal Welfare Program which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of companion animals and improve overall health and wellbeing of remote Indigenous communities. The program delivers a range of vet and animal welfare services including education in the following communities:
Council strives for continual improvement and delivery of our Animal Welfare Program, which provides a very limited veterinary service. The program works to develop appropriate policies, consult with community members, explore options for animal population control, educate community members and develop skills and capacity within communities to support the program.
The program extends to “discrete Indigenous communities” and as such does not extend to Nhulunbuy which is not a designated operational community (as previously listed above).
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Director Technical Services - Shane Marshall, 08 8986 8916
Public Relations Coordinator - Katherine Hollis, 0457 518 772