Gamba Army Coordinator Rowena Eastick (in PPE) with team members Angelina Trnka, Russel O'Regan, Haiden Delaney-Phillips and Hamish Clark
The Northern Territory Government has engaged TNRM to coordinate the $500,000 ‘Gamba Army’ as one part of the Government’s overarching Gamba Management Framework.
The Gamba Army Project aims to protect high use community and recreational areas and to complement existing land manager weed control efforts by providing an additional workforce in priority areas over the 2020-2021 wet season.
The current spraying schedule targets areas within the Casuarina Coastal Reserve and Charles Darwin National Park before Christmas 2020 in order to maximise the effectiveness of the operation.
TNRM has also established a register of preferred weed spraying contractors who will support the activities of the Gamba Army, adding to the number of jobs and local businesses to benefit from the initiative. Gamba Army workers operate on a flexible basis to meet the dictates of rainfall and weed growth rate.
GAMBA Grass infestation
There will be a range of sites targeted across the Darwin and Litchfield region under a prioritisation process that complements existing weed management programs.
It is a challenging task that involves a range of stakeholders including the NT Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security and NT Weeds Management Branch; Crown Land Estate; and Bushfires NT.
TNRM will provide ongoing information including the mapping and monitoring of Gamba Army activities and outcomes.