Public consultation on plan to address gamba crisis a welcome step: Gamba Grass Roots
The commencement of public consultation on the Northern Territory Government’s Weed Management Plan for Gamba Grass 2020 – 2030 has been welcomed by the community group Gamba Grass Roots.
“It’s great to see the Government engaging with the community on how to tackle the gamba crisis,” said Mitch Hart, NT Manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts, who are a member of the Gamba Grass Roots alliance.
“The ongoing spread of gamba grass threatens lives with hotter, more intense fires that can destroy homes and jeopardise the future of places like Litchfield National Park. This is a challenge that can only be overcome by working together at all levels – government and community alike.”
“The draft plan is a great step in the right direction, and builds upon the existing good work and expertise from landholders, Aboriginal Rangers, Park Rangers, Weeds Branch staff, and scientists.”
“But we need to see true commitment to ensure that the plan works. That means clear, ambitious targets with transparent reporting, as well as increased funding for activities on the ground.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for the NT Government to listen to Territorians who have been consistently calling for more to be done to stop the spread of gamba.”
“This consultation period is an opportunity for all of us to have our say and make sure we have a strong gamba plan that works to protect the Northern Territory’s future,” said Mr Hart.
Public comment on the draft Weed Management Plan for Gamba Grass 2020-2030 is open until Thursday 27 August 2020.
You can make a quick submission to the public consultation here.