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Devil's advocate



Devil's advocate

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The quarterly magazine from the Arid Lands Environment Centre


Arid Lands Environment Centre


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Alice Springs


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Environmental Protection; Australia, Central; Conservation Of Natural Resources; Arid Lands Environment Centre (Australia); Periodicals

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Arid Lands Environment Centre

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Alice Springs


Devil's advocate


Autumn 2015

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middle of an area completely covered in buffel grass and starting to pull up each tussock with the intention of eradicating it. I reckon after five minutes youd be in a sweat and be giving up cursing and swearing that you thought you could do anything. But it is not about eradication. There will be no eradication plan because it is too valuable to the pastoral industry and thats OK. What we really need is for fifty shades of green to shine in an effort to protect the places that we love. There are numerous examples of dedicated and inspiring people who have cleared their land or areas of public land of buffel grass. People like Peter Latz, Rod Cramer, Libby Prell, David Albrecht, Erwin Chlanda, Jude Pritchard, Andy Vinter, Ken Johnson and many others who have proudly stood up against the threat of buffel grass in one form or another. These inspirational local people show that with hard work and dedication, you can clear a block or a hill or an ecosystem. Given that the hot weather is drying the grass everyday we are possibly within weeks of the grass becoming a fire threat. This means that we only have a small window to protect our properties, sacred sites and local ecosystems from the scourge of buffel fire. Individual and collective efforts add up. Join the local Alice Springs Landcare group. Support the local Bushfires NT and Fire and Rescue teams. Buy a small mattock and take it with you on your walks and protect your favourite trees and shrubs from fire by clearing underneath them. We may not stop the buffel spreading across the landscape and the fires that it carries but we can try to reduce the threat on a small-scale. Every tree saved is a win in this fight. Every plant that comes back or doesnt burn is a success. Doesnt matter what shade of green you are there is always something we can do.... join the fight and become a buffel buster too. Jimmy Cocking Spraying buffel grass was a demonstrative part of the Chemical Training Course completed in 2015, through ALECs Biodiversity Matters program

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