Gamba Army funding announcement welcomed by Gamba Grass Roots
Today’s announcement by the Northern Territory government of $500,000 towards the operations of the Gamba Army has been welcomed by conservation and community advocacy group Gamba Grass Roots.
“This is certainly welcome news for communities on the ground who have been calling for ongoing action to tackle Gamba Grass across the Top End,” said Mitch Hart, NT Manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
“Gamba Grass fuels worse, more dangerous fires – threatening homes, livelihoods and iconic places like Litchfield National Park. As we head into the Wet season, it’s imperative that we get this program out so we can start to control Gamba infestations before they take hold. It’s great to see Gamba Army teams getting up and running so soon in the year.”
“Territorians know that there is still so much more to do in the fight against Gamba. Any action taken – including the great work of the Gamba Army – will be judged on its ability to reduce fire risk, as well as whether it protects iconic places like Litchfield National Park and the unique biodiversity of the Top End.”
“Landholders, firefighters, park rangers and community members are constantly and tirelessly dealing with the issues caused by Gamba across our landscapes. This funding will assist key efforts to get a start on tackling the weed as soon as possible,” said Mr Hart.
Gamba Grass Roots is an alliance of The Pew Charitable Trusts and Environment Centre Northern Territory, working to highlight the threat of gamba grass to the Top End community, nature and landscape.