BREAKING: Gamba success in the news across the north￼
Picture, if you will, two potential futures for our precious Northern Australian landscapes. One involves Gamba Grass taking over natural vegetation, pushing out native species and increasing the risk of catastrophic bushfires. Another focuses on us protecting what is unique about our special places, and working together to stop Gamba once and for all.
Federal Government lists Gamba as a key threat to threatened species
This week, we took a strong step towards the second, with Australia’s Threatened Species Action Plan recognising Gamba Grass as one of just four key threats to our threatened species.
Whilst this is a huge moment in the fight against Gamba, right now we need all sides of politics to commit to funding Gamba eradication programs across Australia’s north.
We know that Gamba Grass fuels hotter and more dangerous fires and puts our homes, lives, and landscapes at risk, including iconic places like Kakadu National Park.
Gamba in the news
Across the border, Western Australia is on the cusp of eradicating Gamba 11 years after starting a control program. This is hugely encouraging and proves it can be done with early action and enough resources matching the scale of the problem.
Meanwhile, the NT faces an uphill battle against the invasive pest, but good work is up and running that just needs extra support. I spoke to ABC Kimberley about the scope of the issue and why we, alongside invasive species experts, know that federal funding is needed to achieve more.
Government programs like the NT Gamba Army have been a success, but more needs to be done if we are going to stop the spread across Australia’s north.
Territorians know how big of an issue the threat of gamba is, now we need our politicians in Canberra to hear this message loud and clear and step up to the plate by investing in gamba action.