STOP GAMBA GRASS IN ITS TRACKS
STOPPING THE SPREAD OF GAMBA GRASS INTO WEST ARNHEM LAND AND KAKADU
Territory Natural Resource Management is working with groups and organisations across West Arnhem Land in a coordinated effort to stop the spread of gamba grass into Kakadu National Park and throughout the Arnhem Land region.
Currently, there are only scattered and isolated infestations of gamba grass in the region. We are working to locate and eradicate all gamba grass infestations and to stop the spread of this invasive grass.
Following recent wet season rain, gamba grass is now actively growing. Rangers, contractors and land management organisations are out surveying for and treating gamba grass infestations before they flower in April and seed starts to fall in May.
Gamba grass identification photos and Declaration zone map courtesy of NT Weed Management Branch.
HELP TO STOP GAMBA IN ITS TRACKS
STOP GAMBA SPREAD
If you are living, visiting or working in Arnhem Land, help stop the spread of gamba grass:
Wash and clean vehicles and equipment before travelling or operating in the Gamba Eradication Zone
Clean vehicles before leaving an infested area
Ensure all mud is removed. Mud may contain seeds.
If you see gamba grass in the Gamba Eradication Zone, please let us know so that it can be treated:
Take a photo of the infestation using your mobile phone and include location information (turn on show location information in your gallery settings)
Text to us on 0438 756 481 or email to [email protected]
Gamba grass is a declared weed with two declaration zones under the NT Weeds Management Act 2001.
Zone A: Eradication Zone: to be eradicated
Zone B: Control Zone: growth and spread to be controlled
GAMBA GRASS IDENTIFICATION
Erect perennial tussock grass to 4m
Robust stems covered in dense soft white hairs.
Leaves broad and softly hairy to 1m, with a distinctive white midrib.
Leaves stay green after native annual grasses have died off
Leaves covered in fine soft hairs
Seed heads v-shaped and fluffy, developing above the leaves on thick stems.
There are several native grasses that look similar to gamba grass. If you are unsure, contact the Weed Management Branch.