10 Sep 2018
Minister for Environment and Natural Resources
The Territory Labor Government has announced an updated weed management plan to provide clarity around landholder responsibilities in controlling destructive gamba grass.
The release of the Weed Management Plan for Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) 2018 replaces the 2014 version to better control the introduced, African weed that spreads easily and has become one of the most destructive in the Northern Territory.
Gamba grass easily invades pasture, bushland, river corridors, transport and other infrastructure corridors and is highly flammable.
The majority of fires that Bushfires NT encounter in the Top End have involved gamba grass as a fuel source.
The Weed Management Plan for Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) 2018 includes the following key differences to the 2014 plan:
Details of the plan are available on the NT Government website at: https://nt.gov.au/environment/weeds/weeds-in-the-nt/A-Z-list-of-weeds-in-the-NT/gamba
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler
"Gamba grass is one of the most destructive and hazardous weeds in the Northern Territory and it is critical that landholders clearly understand their responsibilities in managing fuel loads on their properties.
"This weed is spreading rapidly across the landscape and the previous gamba grass-free buffer requirements are no longer suitable to minimise the chance of it spreading.
"The Territory Labor Government has increased the minimum buffer between Class A and Class B zones to protect our prized natural assets, such as Kakadu National Park, from invasion."
Media contact: Ellie Clancy 0417 910 720