TRACKING GAMBA AT CASUARINA COASTAL RESERVE - Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group
Volunteers working with the Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group in collaboration with NT Parks and Wildlife have prepared a detailed map of gamba infestations across the Reserve to help in eradication efforts. Spokesperson for the Landcare Group, Deborah Hall, said that this was a remarkable achievement with the 23 volunteers giving over 400 hours to do this important work. In the field they trekked a combined total of 160 kilometres through the Reserve to hunt out gamba to create a detailed map which will be used by Park’s Rangers, the Gamba Army, Weeds Branch and members of the community.
Ms Hall added that this project would not have been possible without expert technical input from Dr Dave Liddle. Dr Liddle said that this map clearly shows where gamba is, from concentrations of the weed to single plants; which will help pinpoint eradication programs. Later this year volunteers will revisit the Park to assess the effectiveness of these control measures and target future efforts. Minister for Environment Eva Lawler said that controlling gamba and other weeds in our reserves will help protect the natural, cultural and recreational values of these special places; this mapping project shows new ways that community groups can work alongside government agencies.
“The Northern Territory Government is doing our bit to help reduce gamba grass and tackle this noxious weed. “With the Top End fire season approaching, the Territory Government is making sure landholders are prepared and fire loads are reduced in the rural area and key land parcels.
“Supporting the spraying of gamba grass is reducing the impact of the weed while stimulating the economy, with more than 40 Territorians signed up to take part in the army.” Minister Lawler said.
Ms Hallnoted that the eradication of gamba is a priority of not only the NT Government but also the broader community. She said the Territory’s Parks and Reserves are important community assets which provide opportunities for people to enjoy natural places – to venture outside to see the plants and animals, to exercise and to socialise – activities which were particularly important over the last year.
Contact: Deborah Hall - Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group on 0400 546 818