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200 Wombats to be MASSACRED

Entire Endangered Colony to be Wiped Out because Yorke Peninsula farmer complaining they damage his equipment when he runs them over, costing him money.

The discovery of 12 Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats that were shot dead several months ago is only the tip of the iceberg. This incident was reported to authorities but nothing was ever done about it? Now, in the same area, govt agencies are compliant with the extermination of 200 of the species, because apparently the farmer who is leasing the farmland from Aboriginal Lands Trust, near Point Pearce, has complained that the wombats are damaging his equipment when he runs them over, costing him money?

Today, the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is listed as an endangered species and populations are fragmented where it does exist. The estimated total wombat population on Yorke Peninsula is around 640 individuals, spread across 24 colonies. So exterminating 200 individuals from the Point Pearce wombat breeding grounds along the coastline, would wipe out the Point Pearce colonies and a third of the Yorke Peninsula population, placing the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat of the Yorke Peninsula on the verge of extinction. We’ve coexisted with wombats on this land for thousands of years - if this happens, our next generation won’t even see a wombat.

Quenten Agius (Traditional Owner, Adjahdura / Narungga and Ngadjuri Elder)…“It disgusts me, to find out from a young Point Pearce community resident that 200 Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats are going to be slaughtered because the farmer who is leasing Aboriginal Lands Trust farmland near Point Pearce is complaining that the animal is damaging his equipment when he runs them over, costing him money - so he wants to get rid of them. Other Point Pearce residents have told me the community have not been consulted. So I’m speaking out as a Traditional Owner for those with little or no voice, community residents and the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat”.

“Why wasn’t anything done about the 12 animals that were shot dead and now they want to kill 200 wombats because the farmer keeps on running over the animals – costing him money. That lack of respect for the animal disgusts me and also disgusts the community people who have spoken to me”.

“It emotionally and physically makes me ill that 200 of these endangered animals are going to be slaughtered”.

“This one act may send the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats into extinction on the York Peninsula – and it must be stopped before it happens”.

“We are connected to these special animals - they feature in our cultural knowledge of evolution handed down to us by our mothers. Like us, these creatures have lived on this land for thousands of years, and we need everyone’s help to protect them from genocide. Please contact the Yorke Peninsula District Council, Aboriginal Lands Trust, DEW (Dept Water and Environment), Fraser Ellis MP (state Liberal member for Narungga), and Narungga Nations Aboriginal Corp, and tell them to stop this senseless slaughter of the endangered Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat on the Yorke Peninsula”….Quenten Agius.

Quenten Agius
Traditional Owner, Adjahdura / Narungga and Ngadjuri Elder
Owner Operator: Aboriginal Cultural Tours SA
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