'Not camel poo'
THE operator of the camel-riding business which plies the sands of Boambee Beach has vigorously denied allegations his ships of the desert are leaving plenty of ‘cargo’ behind.
Alan Atkinson was responding to claims levelled by Tiffany Emerson in a letter to the editor that camel poo was being left on the beach.
“The accusations are unfounded and untrue,” Mr Atkinson said.
“Our concession on Boambee Beach is now in its second year and until now, and after more than 1250 trips, there have been no negative comments. In this time we believe we have acted in a responsible way and take offence to your inaccurate observations of camel poo from our camels being left on the beach. Our camels have not been on the beach without having poo bags fitted as per our concession requirements.”
Mr Atkinson said while his animals were fitted with nappies, there was no requirement for other animal owners to do the same.
“Most dog owners are responsible but there are some who are not and I know that horse deposits are often left on the beach and also at car parks. Horse floats are also being cleaned out in the car park and the mess is simply dumped on the ground,” he said.
Mr Atkinson said due to the fact camels thrive on set routines it was easy to see if they had left calling cards on the sand.
“Our first trek on the beach each morning is duplicated for all further treks that day, which means we are traversing the same trek, not only for the camels’ sake but also to check if there are any droppings.”