Sunday Territorian

$6.5m to help fight weeds

- FLOSS ADAMS

THE Territory government has invested in developing weed-fighting strategies across the NT.

The 2021 budget has allocated more than $6.5m to be injected into weed management, which includes funding for the successful Gamba Army.

Environmen­t Minister Eva Lawler said it was important Territoria­ns stayed on top and in control of the spread of the weeds.

“In the Territory there is a continued risk of introducti­on of new weeds and spread of existing weeds by deliberate and accidental actions of people,” Ms Lawler said.

“For example, weeds can escape from gardens, be accidental­ly transporte­d with livestock, be spread by slashers and sold in hay or landscapin­g products.”

Weeds have major economic, environmen­tal and social impacts in the Territory.

The strategy aims to protect the Darwin region’s natural, economic and cultural assets by identifyin­g threats, regional weed management and creating achievable goals.

Weeds management on Aboriginal lands will also be supported through the NT Government’s Aboriginal Ranger grants program.

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