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 REGIONAL MANAGEMENT PLAN - WEST ARNHEM & KAKADU

Gamba grass is a significant threat to the West Arnhem Land and Kakadu region in the Top End of the Northern Territory. TNRM has developed a regional plan to raise awareness of the threat of gamba grass to this part of the Territory, as well as drawing attention to the many different actions and activities which groups and organisations are undertaking in their efforts to prevent gamba grass entering and establishing in the region.

 

The plan provides background information about why gamba grass is a threat, including:

  • what it is and how it spreads

  • how to identify gamba grass

  • current distribution

 

It includes targeted information to help guide gamba grass management and spread prevention:

  • legislation that all people in the area need to know about

  • strategies that can be used to prevent spread

  • priorities and action plans for different areas and ranger groups throughout the region

 

TNRM is supporting groups in the area to undertake gamba grass prevention actions such as patrol of roadsides and gravel pits, reporting of new plants, immediate removal of seedlings, good vehicle hygiene and accurate data collection. There are many aspects to gamba grass prevention and everyone can play a part.

 

To obtain a hard copy of the Gamba grass regional management plan for Western Arnhem Land and Kakadu please contact Territory Natural Resource Management.

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.

 

REPORT GAMBA

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

 Jethro Guymala from Demed/Adjumarllarl Rangers

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