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6 The Wagaitear, April 2009 EnvironmeNT Grants The Northern Territory Government is calling for applications for the 2009-10 round of EnvironmeNT Grants. These grants fund on-ground actions which help reduce our impact on the environment and ensure it is protected for future generations to enjoy. Grants can also fund projects which increase our understanding of wildlife in the Territory. Proposals are invited from community groups, wildlife or conservation organisations, schools, local government and industry groups. For guidelines and application forms visit www.environmentgrants.nt.gov.au or phone 8924 4525. Applications close Friday 1 May 2009 for the school project category and Friday 22 May 2009 for other categories. CALLING FOR APPLICATIONS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT, THE ARTS AND SPORT w w w .n t. g o v. au Plans are currently being developed by the Larrakia Development Corporation to remove feral grasses such as gamba and mission grass and plant thousands of extra native trees in bushland areas south of Wagait Beach. With the Federal Government developing global warming strategies based on carbon trading, this improved bushland has the potential to be worth millions of dollars in years to come. Carbon credits presently are not available for existing native forest but can be traded for extra trees added to the bush. Corporation chief executive Greg Constantine said there was some 400 sq km of native bushland that would become aboriginal freehold once the Kenbi land claim gained federal approval. We want to get rid of the mission grass and the gamba grass and plant more trees to thicken up the bush, he said. The plans being developed will result in the Larrakia Development Corporation employing local Belyuen and Larrakia people, as well as residents of Wagait Beach, to do the planting, maintain fi re breaks and keep the area clear of weeds so we can reduce the effects of the present hot fi res to a minimum. The impact of these feral grasses is worse than the cane toads the fi res from gamba grass can burn so intensely that they kill all the fl ora and fauna in their path. Kenbi bush could be worth millions Controlled burning and late deliberate wild fi res spreading weeds and destroying vegetation that could be earning land owners big money. Charles Darwin University School for Environmental Research Director Professor Stephen Garnett said it was important to manage fire so that the forest was not damaged. Theres a whole lot of money available from (Federal) environmental programs but there should be money available from the health bucket as well, he said. Problems Wide ranging health problems attributed to smoke and ash from large bushfi res are reported in the Top End each year. Professor Garnett said a trial carbon trading program was being carried out in Arnhem Land that involved a lot of local people and had the potential for large returns in the future. Much of the bush land on the Cox Peninsula has become degraded in the past 20 years due mainly to the impact of invasive weeds and hot late season fi res, many of them deliberately lit. New Cullen Bay bus service Territory Transport Minister Gerry McCarthy has announced a new bus service linking Cullen Bay with the city, the port, Dinah Beach and Bayview. The new bus service will cover the Cullen Bay business and residential area, providing a valuable link to the incoming and outgoing ferry services, he said. The Darwin Bus Service will operate the service which is expected to start after Easter. The timetable has yet to be fi nalised but is being designed to match up with the ferry times. The exact route also is unclear but it will include the main city bus terminal both inbound and outbound. Standard bus service fares will apply so seniors and pensioners will travel free.
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