Early release of federal Gamba funding welcomed by community alliance￼
30 September 2022
Today’s announcement by Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek of $540,000 to get gamba action rolling this season in the Northern Territory has been welcomed by the Gamba Grass Roots community alliance.
This initial funding commitment is part of Labor’s election promise to provide $9.8 million over 4 years to help manage the significant threat this weed poses to biodiversity and human lives in the Top End.
“This early release of funding will be a great relief to the landholders, firefighters, park rangers and community members who have been dealing with the issues caused by Gamba across our landscapes, and who want to get a start on tackling the weed as soon as they can,” said Pew Charitable Trusts NT Manager Mitch Hart.
“It is great to see that Minister Plibersek listened to communities about what’s needed on the ground. This responsiveness is a good sign that this program is being set up to succeed from the start.”
“A shout out to MPs Luke Gosling, Marion Scrymgour and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy who have pushed for this funding to get out the door over the past few months. It’s a testament to our strong community for their efforts highlighting why this early funding matters.”
Volunteer firefighter and Bees Creek landholder Liza Tobin said it was vital to see a commitment to tackling the dangerous weed before the wet season when Gamba Grass is actively growing.
“This is a great first step. I’m keen to see the work get done to make sure this unprecedented investment in gamba action complements existing programs and helps turn the tide on gamba right across the Top End.”