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Protecting our Natural Environment: New Gamba Grass Management Plan Released

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:

  • Clearer and more measurable actions.
  • Expanding the buffer zone between Class B and Class A properties from 40m to 100m to reduce the risk of gamba spreading from Class B land into Class A land.
  • Eradication is expected on small land parcels within the Class B zone.
  • 15m gamba grass free buffers are required on all properties around boundaries, tracks and infrastructure to prevent weed spread.
  • Land tenure, parcel size or industry legislative actions are tabled individually for ease of use of the 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