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Community comes together to protect the Todd River

Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech, today announced the inaugural membership of the Lhere Mparntwe (leer-ra m-barn-twa) Working Group.

Following an Expression of Interest process in September last year, the Working Group was created to manage and protect the important Todd River and its immediate catchment including the Charles River.

The Todd River is one of the most iconic parts of Central Australia, known by the local Arrernte people as Lhere Mparntwe. It is also home to large, mature River Red Gums that hold strong cultural significance to the local Arrernte people.

“This is a delicate environment and we need to do better looking after it – from the trees, the vegetation and animals – we need a better plan,” Mr Paech said.

“Sadly, a large number of deliberate and illegally lit grass fires within the Todd River and Charles River have destroyed these trees, some believed to be about 500 years old.

“A community response was needed to what is a growing community problem. That’s why this Working Group has been created, bringing key stakeholders together who will advise Government on how to best manage the natural resources within the Todd River and its immediate catchment.

“I congratulate those announced today as inaugural members of the Working Group.”

The members of the Working Group are:

The Group will:

The first meeting of the new Working Group will occur in the next few weeks.

Membership of the Working Group is voluntary with secretariat support provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242