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Meeting the thi rd Thursday of the month a t 7 :30 pm at Marrara Christ ian Col lege Library Scientists call for banning of dangerous grass in northern australia On 31 March 2008, the Cooperative Research Centre for Australian Weed Management issued a media release with this heading: The media release opened with the following paragraphs: Almost 200 ecologists and weed scientists have signed an open letter calling on the Queensland and Northern Territory Governments to ban the planting and sale of gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus), a dangerous exotic grass that fuels fires of such ferocity they could transform Australias northern savannas into weed monocultures. The Gamba Declaration was launched in Brisbane today by Dr Rachel McFadyen, CEO of the Weeds CRC, and in Darwin by Professor Stephen Garnett, Director, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University. Future generations will ask how we could have been so stupid as to allow the planting of this grass. Its foxes and cane toads all over again, with the difference that we know full well what the consequences of gamba grass are, Dr McFadyen said. Its a major threat to biodiversity, and its a high fire risk for wildlife, humans and infrastructure. The Gamba Declaration was sent to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Premier of Queensland and the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts with copies to relevant federal, Queensland and Northern Territory ministers. The introduction of gamba grass was banned in Western Australia on 17 January 2008. Territory environment minister, Len Kiely, has said he will wait to see the results of a weeds risk assessment before deciding what to do about the plant. The Territory government is reported as saying that it will balance horticultural, agricultural and environmental interests when deciding what to do about gamba grass. According to the media release, a copy of the open letter with supporting information and quotes can be obtained from http://www.gamba.org.au/declaration June: World Environment Day Expo 2008 The Environment Centre NT Inc has invited TENPS to participate again in its annual World Environment Day Expo. Whilst the official World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June, which is a Thursday this year, the Darwin Expo will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday 1 June. The theme this year is Mobilise for Change Get involved. We intend to mount a static display, as we have done in previous years, highlighting TENPSs aspirations and activities etc and providing relevant information. A couple of our committee members have offered generously to make a presentation. Support from members in preparing the display and generally on the day will be much appreciated. Things of interest ABC weather pix Long time member, Pat Rasmussen decided she was tired of the endless sunsets and such that preface presentation of the weather following the 7 pm news on ABC television. Pat believes it provides a good opportunity to draw attention to the beauty of our native flora and contacted ABC management to sound them out with the idea. She was told that suitable photographs of appropriate subjects would be welcomed. Consequently, we are inviting members to make available for this purpose any of their better photographs.

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