Keeping on the right track

Mr Cameron, also an artist, moved to Perth from Geraldton when he was 20 and settled in Girrawheen about 50 years ago.

�I�ve been doing it all my life; I�m Aboriginal descent,� Mr Cameron said.

�We used to hunt for our food up in Geraldton and we started from there.

�It�s with experience; you don�t learn overnight. It�s my instincts that I can do things without explaining.�

He said he had a drive to help and volunteered his time to assist with missing persons and animal cases. He was once invited to attend a search in South America.

�I was hunting all the time for lost people and dogs. They�d lose dogs or something and ring me and ask me to help them and I�d go and find them and take them back,� he said.

He said while locating the missing could be an unpleasant task, often meeting roadblocks and making gruesome discoveries, it was something he needed to do.

�I do find it hard (to see) and the worst one of the lot was a little boy (we found) in the river,� he said.

�This little boy reminded me of my grandson. Just to think about it now I get a bit upset.�

Mr Cameron trains his dogs and takes them with him on searches to pick up scents.

He said there were many outcomes in his career that he was proud of and hoped to continue helping find people if asked.

�I�ve got that drive to keep going; I�m 75 coming up in June and I still keep going,� he said.

�I make it a job; if you�ve got kids out there I�m straight out there to get them out.�

He said the skill of tracking was one he wanted to share, as well as his Aboriginal culture.

�I teach my Aboriginal culture. I�ve worked with thousands of kids,� he said.