Where do your local council candidates stand on Gamba?
The power of our community has been so strong of late. So many of you have written letters, rung in to talkback radio, signed petitions and demanded that the NT Government properly tackle the Gamba crisis.
Last year, we convinced all parties to commit to more Gamba action. We strengthened the ten year Gamba Plan. We secured the first few rounds of funding for the Gamba Army and other key steps in the right direction.
Most of our attention has, quite rightly, been on the Territory Government, but did you know that your local council has a critical role to play in the Gamba solution?
Councils manage blocks of lands and local parks where we must also act to stop the spread of gamba. The upcoming NT local government election on August 28 is the chance to ensure that our representatives on council are working towards reducing and removing more gamba in more places
Right across the Territory this month, local council candidates will be vying for the community’s support. It’s time to let them know that action on Gamba is important to you.
Here’s how you can do that:
- Look up your local Council Candidates’ contact details
- Send them an email asking for their stance on tackling Gamba. You might like to ask:
- Will you commit to support increased gamba control efforts by your council during the next term?
- The NT Weed Act and Weed Management Plan for Gamba Grass “establishes the legal requirements and management actions to be undertaken by all owners and occupiers of land”, including Council land. How will you ensure Council will comply with these legislated requirements?
- How will you support property owners/occupiers to get rid of more gamba?
- Will you advocate for and push the Northern Territory and Federal Government to provide more resources for all landholders (councils included) to remove more gamba grass?
- Do you support ongoing and increased funding of the Gamba Army to build upon its strong start over the next three years?
Please send any response you receive to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them here for all to see.
Remember, Gamba Grass Roots is non-partisan. We’ll never tell you how to vote, but want to ensure that everyone has the right information to make their own decisions.
Here’s to the local, strong, gamba action that our communities need.