Dog Management Program
Tangentyere operates a comprehensive dog management program across Town Camp communities aiming to reduce
and maintain an appropriate number of healthy dogs, and to improve the health of residents. The program aims
to achieve this through the following strategies.
Working in close collaboration with Alice Springs Town Council (ASTC) rangers, assisting them with their
statutory responsibility for dog management across the Town Camp communities. This involves weekly rounds
with ASTC rangers, assisting with catching unwanted dogs for removal.
Engaging and working alongside a veterinarian for 2.5 days a week, carrying out fertility control, treatment for
mange, internal parasites, fleas, ringworm and performing euthanasia. This programme also collects
comprehensive statistics on dog numbers, health and treatments.
This program removes an average of between 300 and 400 unwanted dogs from Town Camp Communities per annum.
Pest Control Program
Tangentyere carries out a pest control program across Town Camp community housing, aiming to improve
environmental health conditions by reducing infestations of cockroaches, mice, spiders and ants, and
reducing access and prevalence of mosquitoes and flies. The program aims to achieve this by:
engaging a licensed Pest Control company to complete bi-annual pest treatment to all houses, including
treating inside and out for cockroaches, spiders and ants;
reducing the prevalence of mosquito water breeding sites by providing soakage around yard taps, regular
replacing of dripping yard taps, redirecting evaporative air-conditioning bleed-off water underground;
reducing mosquito and fly access to houses by upgrading flyscreens;
removing abandoned cars and places that become mosquito breeding sites.
Tangentyere carries out a Landcare Program within the Town Camp Communities. The aims of this
program are to:
Alleviate the impact of overcrowding thereby reducing the spread of infectious diseases, such
as meningococcal disease, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis and respiratory infections;
Improving the temperature of living environments decreasing the likelihood of residents
developing chest infections and pneumonia in winter, and assisting with prevention of
dehydration in summer particularly for children with diarrhoeal disease;
Reducing dust in the living environment, which can irritate mucosal surfaces and the skin,
contributing to eye diseases such as trachoma, respiratory disease and skin infections.
The project aims to assist with improvements in these three key areas by:
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Constructing stormwater retention banks within communities and within household yards aimed
at redirecting stormwater runoff to pool and infiltrate into the ground providing water for
vegetation. The vegetation will reduce dust, provide barriers for cold winter winds and
provide shade in housing areas and public spaces;
collecting and reusing excess water from household evaporative air conditioner units,
reticulating this water underground to new tree planting. This project removes unwanted
water from the surface (removing mosquito breeding opportunities) and ensures up to 10 shade
and screen trees per house are well watered throughout the summer months. This water is also
directed to vine planting to promote growth along yard fences creating effective wind and
community tree planting in house yards and in community park areas provides cool comfortable
places for families to sit, helping to alleviate overcrowding within houses.