A total of 2200 people in the NT were provided with a total of 18,000 litres of herbicide to combat Gamba in the last year of the program.
The 2019 Gamba Action Program was launched today.
Gamba has been described as the NT's worst weed.
The NT Government estimates Gamba currently affects up to 15,000 square kilometres of the NT, but has the potential to affect 380,000 square kilometres.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources today launched the 2019 Gamba Action Program in Katherine.
Weed Management Branch compliance manager, Roni Opden said Top End landholders can obtain education, advice, free herbicide allocations and spray equipment loans from:
Katherine Weed Management Depot - 8973 8857.
Ms Opden said the Gamba Action Program has been running since 2010, to help landholders manage gamba on their properties and comply with the Weeds Management Act.
"This year's program will continue the positive progress made last year that resulted in more than 3000 residents receiving direct assistance in some form through GAP, including 2200 who were provided with a total of 18,000 litres of herbicide, Ms Opden said.
"It is pleasing to see so many landholders making the most of the free herbicide allocation and spray equipment loans, with a noticeable reduction of gamba in the greater Darwin region.
"However, there remains a significant cohort placing themselves and others at risk of dry season wildfires, fuelled by unmanaged gamba grass.
"That's why we will continue our targeted inspections of specific areas and will take action to ensure landholders meet their gamba management obligations, should the need arise.
"Gamba not only presents a huge fire risk in the dry season but outcompetes native grasses and diminishes habitat that many of our Top End wildlife call home."
Aerial surveys undertaken in recent years give valuable insight into the location of gamba grass in Darwin's rural area and also show obvious patterns of spread radiating from critically affected areas within the Zone B management zone*.
"The best time to treat gamba with herbicide is during the wet season, while the grass is between knee and hip height," Ms Opden said.
"This is why we have timed the release of free herbicide and equipment loans with the onset of the wet season."
Go to www.nt.gov.au/gamba for more information about the free herbicide and equipment loans available through GAP.
Gamba grass management zones
Eradication Zone (Class A) - gamba grass must be eradicated, this area is outside of the area defined in the Management Zone.
Management Zone (Class B) - the growth and spread of gamba grass must be managed, this area includes: the NT coastline in the north, the western boundary of Kakadu National Park in the east, the town of Katherine in the south and the Daly River mouth in the west
Refer to the Weed Management Plan for Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) at www.nt.gov.au/gamba
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