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The Wagaitear


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Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

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Jack Ellis

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Wagait Beach


v. 4 no. 5

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Jack Ellis



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The Wagaitear, May 2006 9 Mungalo Native Plant Nursery May specials Large range of flowering acacias Ideal for Wagait Beach conditions (will require occasional watering for the first dry season) $5 each or 5 for $20 All other plants in 15 cm pots $6 each Grevillea and all 20 cm pots $10 8978 5111 or 0417 089 528 Native plants make life easier Im pleased to report that as part of budget 2006, the rural area is to receive $800 000 funding for the desperately needed special education annex at Humpty Doo School, for disabled and special needs kids. This has been a long time coming and now means that the rural area will have a complex equivalent to the Nemarluk facility in Darwin. These special needs students deserve the very best and I lobbied strongly for this project, so we can help give these children a better future. I was a guest speaker at the launch of the Coolalinga and Districts Community Bank prospectus. It was a great turnout, and means that rural Territorians will not have to travel to Palmerston to do their faceto-face banking. What makes this venture so special is that this has been achieved through the hard work and perseverance of a humble group of rural Territorians. Most locals I speak to are very excited at the prospect of having a local bank owned by the rural community and where a good portion of the profits are returned to our rural community. I mentioned in last months column, I had asked the InfrastructureMinister to look at extending the Mandorah boat ramp, and also at re-constructing the ferry car-park. The Minister replied; The department will assess the performance of the work carried out at the ramp after the current wet season. If required, it will include bids to lengthen the ramp concrete surface by forming and placing concrete over the rocks subject to available funds in future works programs. The bids will be subject to the normal budget process. The department will assess the carpark and consider any necessary upgrading works for the future minor works or maintenance programs. It is important to note, that any extension of the carpark will be limited to the available area within the Charles Point Road reserve as the adjacent area is freehold land. Cheers for now! Ted From the big house with Goyder MLA Ted Warren Territorians will be able to better identify and manage an introduced grass that can cause major environmental damage, with the release of a weed management tool. Environment Minister Marion Scrymgour unveiled the Gamba Management Guide to help address information relating to the identification and management of the species While gamba grass is not a declared weed it still has negative impacts on the Northern Territorys environment, Ms Scrymgour said. Gamba grass was deliberately introduced to the Territory and while providing limited benefits to the pastoral industry, it is being found that it causes numerous negative environmental impacts due to its invasiveness and impacts on fire regimes. While there is only small amounts of gamba so far on the Cox Peninsula, the guide is useful in helping to control mission grass, another introduced pastoral grass that is now widespread at Wagait Beach. The Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts is Weed management guide now available leading a joint initiative in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Mines and Charles Darwin University to develop a Weed Risk Assessment System for the Territory. This system will enable gamba grass to be considered as a declared weed, Ms Scrymgour said. It will enable us to scientifically assess the weediness of species like gamba grass and new plants introduced into the Northern Territory prior to release, and also provide an assessment of weeds species currently declared in the NT. Gamba grass is being tested as one of 13 species under the draft model Weed Risk Assessment System being presented to key community, industry and government stakeholder groups. If gamba grass is declared under the Weeds Act, a draft plan of management for the species will be released for public consideration prior to adoption and further implementation of management programs. Ms Scrymgour said the Management Guide was an informative tool aimed at helping Territorians identify and manage the weed. The gamba management guide will be available on line at www.nt.gov. au/gamba, or by contacting the Weed Management Branch (Darwin) on 8999 2020 or Katherine Office 8973 8107 for a copy. Mission grass major problem at Wagait Beach.

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