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Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang



Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang

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Wire : fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang


Edition 411, 17 August - 13 September 2019

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West Arnhem Wire - Fortnightly news in brief from Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Warruwi and Minjilang 6 The West Arnhem Wire | 17 August - 13 September 2019 SIAM WEED DETECTED IN NORTHERN TERRITORY Native to the Americas, Siam weed has become a major land management issue across tropical areas of Asia and Africa. In 1994 it was detected in the Tully area of Far North Queensland and until recently was confined to that region. An incursion of Siam weed has recently been detected on two properties in the greater Darwin region. Siam weed has high nitrate levels and in some countries has led to cattle deaths and abortions when stock have been accidently fed contaminated fodder. Its rapid rate of growth means that it has the potential to outcompete crops, pastures and native vegetation. In addition to this, Siam weed may cause skin complaints and asthma in allergy prone people. These potential environmental, economic and health impacts, when combined with the costs associated with its control mean that it is considered one of the worlds worst weeds. The Weed Management Branch has notified the National Biosecurity Management Consultative Committee of this most recent incursion of Siam weed. We are working closely with the landholders and other government departments to contain and control the current known infestation and conducting surveys to determine how far it may have spread. As with any weed management, the early reporting of a suspected Siam weed infestation is essential to successful control and eradication efforts. Siam weed can look similar to other weed species but there are a few outstanding features that help in identification. The pungent smelling leaves of this scrambling climber are soft, green, hairy and roughly triangular in shape. They also have a very distinctive three-vein pitchfork pattern running the length of each leaf. Pale pink-mauve tubular flowers are held in clusters at the end of the branches. The flowers can appear white if seen from a distance but will usually turn darker lilac when mature. Siam weed flowering is triggered in mid-year by shorter day lengths and they produce enormous numbers of seeds within 8-10 weeks after flowering. Each seed has a tuft of white or brown hairs that act as a little parachute, allowing it to be easily transported by wind or water. Preventing weed spread through biosecurity measures is as important to Siam weed management as early detection. The hairs on the seed help it attach to vehicles, clothing, footwear and animal fur. It is very important that travel through known areas of infestation is controlled and that vehicles, machinery and any personal gear used in an infested area be cleaned thoroughly before leaving an infected area. Lets work together to stop the spread of Siam weed. If you have seen Siam weed, or think you may have it on your property please contact the Weed Management Branch on (08) 89 99 45 67 or at weedinfo@ nt.gov.au. Siam weed has recently been detected in the Northern Territory. MENTAL HEALTH WEEK ACTIVITIES IN JABIRU 23 27 September 2019 All public events are free of charge, family friendly, fun and alcohol free. Due to circumstances outside our control, events may be subject to change. Please check Jabiru Noticeboard for any updates Monday 23 September Jabiru Tuesday 24 September Jabiru Wednesday 25 September Jabiru Thursday 26 September Jabiru Friday 27 September Cooinda AM Kakadu Community BBQ and Mercure Coffee Cart FREE BBQ Join some of our visiting and local organisations for a social mingle, and bring the kids and your best arts and craft skills with you! Proudly supported by Red Lily, Jabiru Area Health centre, and Mercure Crocodile Hotel. The Coffee cart will be on site, all proceeds going to ACCOR charities. Location: Grass area between Foodland and the Health Centre Time: 10.00am 1.00pm SafeTALK FREE WORKSHOP SafeTALK is accredited training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Materials and morning tea provided. Please register with Louise 0474 229 659, max 15 participants Location: CatholicCare NT Office (Shop 5 Jabiru Plaza) Time: 10.00am 12.30pm STAFF ONLY ACTIVITIES Please contact CatholicCare NT for more information on 0474 229 659 PM Vision Board Session with Denise House FREE SESSION Organise your thoughts and goals by creating a vision board. Join our local expert Denise House, and visualise the life you want! All materials and expertise are included. Light refreshments available Location: CatholicCare NT Office (Shop 5 Jabiru Plaza) Time: 1.00pm 2.00pm World Mental Health Day Lake Walk with Lyndon! (ERA-Sodexo HLC) Join Lyndon for an evening walk around Jabiru Lake. Bring the family! Dogs on leads welcome. Location: Meet Jabiru Lake, Playground Time: 5.00pm 5.40pm Aqua Aerobics FREE SESSION Want to cool off and exercise at the same time? Then head to the pool for Aqua Aerobics! Location: Jabiru Pool Time: 6.15pm 7.00pm (45 minutes) Mens Golf Game (Skins) Men supporting Men. Short round of golf with mates, head down to the Jabiru Golf Club! Location: Jabiru Golf Club (regular event) Time: Starts 4:45pm Sharp

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