The Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security continues to provide rural landholders with support in the fight against gamba grass, with the Gamba Action Program 2022-2023 opening on Friday, 2 December 2022.
The Gamba Action Program (GAP) has been running in the Darwin and Katherine regions for the past 12 years providing assistance to rural landowners to control and eradicate gamba grass on their property.
The $100,000 program supports more than 2200 landholders each year through the loan equipment and free herbicide to spray this invasive weed.
The GAP is one part of a multi-pronged approach to tackle weeds with more than $6.5 million injected into weeds management each year, including $500,000 towards the Gamba Army for targeted management in prioritised areas.
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 bushfires caused by excessive gamba grass ‘fuel loads’.
Residents in Darwin’s rural area are also advised the location of the Freds Pass Reserve distribution outlet has this year moved closer to where the markets are normally held.