Brian Cassey: Cattle Muster Cape York
Images and Text © Brian Cassey 2012
APN Cape York is a new indigenous cattle venture near the aboriginal community of Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula far north Australia. The small APN team are mustering - by helicopter, horse and quad bike - about 5000 head of wild cattle left to roam after a previous venture failed in the 1990's. They are also training stock as a host herd to rein in the cattle.
It is an initiative of local Bruce Martin and the collective Wik clans of Aurukun – an attempt to provide sustainable employment and a sense of pride in the indigenous town – and break the cycle of booze, drugs, violence and welfare dependency.
Their mustered stock recently comanded top prices at a cattle sale in Mareeba north Queensland.
APN is short for Aak Puul Ngantam ... which in local Wik language means “our father’s father’s country".
Portraits of the members of APN's mustering team can be found here also in 'Latest Stories'