"I am currently the only legal operator for free-range banteng outside the Garig Gunak National Park. My concession abuts the park's eastern boundary and is the only side connected via land and the only land with banteng. The area is within Arnhem Land, an area of aboriginal-owned land (much like your North American Indian reservations) that is governed by the Northern Land Council. This area is subject to The Rights Act 1976 and within this act there is a provision in the act which allows business activities on the land with the consent from tribal elders and the NLC. It is a long, hard and expensive process. I have an exclusive contract and should have the 10-year contract finalized before the end of the year. This is the only area with a huntable population of free-range banteng outside the park.
"Areas inside the park went to tender last year. Under the name Cobourg Hunting Safaris, I have been awarded the 1/3 of the park that adjoins my current hunting area outside the park, as it is owned by the same family group. This is a government contract, and I have had to have a number of prerequisites ticked off before the five-year contract is executed. This will be finalized shortly as well.
"The area I now control has been hunted illegally by many operators in the past, but I have largely put a stop to that. I have had a legal contract for that area since 2009. I have a permanent house on the area and am the only operator legally allowed to take free-range banteng at this point in time.
"We had seven animals poached this year between the 28 September and 10 October. The........(continued)