Protecting our Environment: Gamba Action Program Begins 5 December

NT Government

5 December 2021

The Territory Government is continuing its fight against gamba grass with the Gamba Action Program 2021-22-now open.

The Gamba Action Program is one part of the Territory Labor Government’s Gamba Policy election commitment to managing this noxious weed.

Budget 2021 will see more than $6.5 million injected into weeds management, which includes more than $600,000 directly into combating gamba. We will continue to invest in the spraying of gamba grass across the Top End, better coordinating activities on government land and assisting private landholders in controlling gamba on theirs.

Along with the creation of the Gamba Army and the $50,000 Fire Ready Program, this program will further support jobs and the environment.

The $100,000 program supported more than 2200 landholders to gain access to free equipment hire and herbicide to spray this invasive weed as part of the 2020-21 program.

Up to 10 litres of free herbicide is available for landholders to control gamba grass – and 20 litres is available if you own multiple properties.

The Gamba Action Program is one of nine programs within the Gamba Management Framework, which provides a solid approach to gamba management, fire mitigation, fuel load reduction and infestation control.

The Weed Management Branch, who look after the program, works closely with Bushfires NT and the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service to minimise the threat of Dry Season bushfires caused by excessive gamba grass ‘fuel loads’.

To book in your herbicide or loan equipment, or to find out more about the Gamba Action Program visit: here

Quotes from the Minister for Environment, Eva Lawler:

“The Territory Labor Government knows that smart environment policy is smart economic policy – and that more action is needed to mitigate and eradicate gamba grass, and that is what we are doing through a coordinated and targeted approach.

“For some landholders it is difficult to keep on top of this noxious weed, and that’s why we are lending a hand to those in our community who need it most.

“If we are to effectively manage and stop the spread of Gamba, we must all take our responsibility seriously. The Territory Government is assisting Top End landholders to do their part by providing free herbicide and equipment loans.

“Our last round of the program helped over 2200 landholders, and will continue to support Territorians.”

Northern Territory Government

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