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Weed management plan for gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) : 2010



Weed management plan for gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) : 2010

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Replaced by Weed management plan for Andropogon gayanus (Gamba Grass) 2014


Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport. Natural Resources Division


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This Weed Management Plan forms part of a strategic approach to gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) management in the NT, with the overall aim being to mitigate the damage caused by gamba grass in relation to the natural environment, property and infrastructure and public health. A comprehensive weed risk management assessment found gamba grass to be a very high risk weed where potential exists for successful management.


Made available by via Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

1. Introduction -- 2. Aim and objectives -- 3. Gamba grass declaration status -- 4. Current distribution -- 5. Management requirements -- 6. Eradication and control methods -- 7. Developing a weed seed spread prevention program -- 8. Tracking progress and judging success -- 9. Support and information for land managers -- Appendix A: Summary of management requirements and related actions – gamba grass in class A/C zone -- Appendix B1: Summary of management requirements and related actions – gamba grass in class B/C zone – small landholdings 20ha or less -- Appendix B2: Summary of management requirements and related actions – gamba grass in class B/C zone – large landholdings of more than 20ha -- Appendix C: Summary of management requirements and related actions – gamba grass in public transport or service corridors -- Appendix D: Suggested gamba grass monitoring report template -- Appendix E: Targets -- List of Figures -- List of Tables




Andropogon gayanus; Control; Gamba grass; Weeds

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Northern Territory Government

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2010 edition


Weed management plan

Now known as

Weed management plan for Andropogon gayanus (Gamba Grass) 2014

Previously known as

Weed management plan for gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) : draft August 2009


iii, 31 pages : colour illustrations and maps ; 30 cm

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



Related materials

Submission to the review of the Weed Management Plan for Andropogon Gayanus (Gamba grass) 2010

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/265105 [Weed management plan for Andropogon gayanus (Gamba Grass) 2014]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/300740 [Weed management plan for Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) - August 2018]

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Weed Management Plan for Andropogon gayanus (Gamba Grass) 23 9. Support and information for land managers The Weed Management Branch (NRETAS), together with the Department of Resources (DoR) (Pastoral Production) will continue to provide advice pertaining to the use and management of exotic pastoral grasses consistent with the goals of this management plan. The Weed Management Branch will continue to provide training, advice and extension materials to support improved gamba grass management. The following documents are available by contacting your local Weed Management Branch or accessing the internet site www.nt.gov.au/gamba. Gamba Grass Weed Identification Table Contains photos and written descriptions to assist with identification. Gamba Grass WeedNote Provides information on the gamba grass identification, impacts, habitat, distribution and management. Gamba Grass Management Guide Contains information on best management practice in an illustrated, step by step guide. Agnote Management of Kent Gamba Grass Provides information on grazing management requirements for gamba grass http://www.nt.gov.au/d/Primary_Industry/Content/File/horticulture/413.pdf Gamba Grass in the NT: A Summary of Current Knowledge Details the process and information which formed the basis of the decision to declare gamba grass a weed in accordance with the Act. It contains detailed information on the biology and ecology of gamba grass, the environmental, economic, cultural and social impacts of gamba grass and the feasibility of gamba grass control. Weed Risk Assessment Report Gamba Grass This document cites the sources of information, from literature or expert personal observation, that were used to determine weed risk and feasibility of control ratings for each weed species assessed. These findings have guided the development of the management recommendations. Gamba Grass Frequently Asked Questions series These leaflets have been developed to answer questions raised during the public consultation processes. They address issues such as buffer zones and revegetating after eradiation. NT Weed Management Handbook Provides information on strategic and planned approaches to weed management, including integrated weed control methods. Specific information is provided on herbicides registered for use in the NT. The 37 Weed control option tables include a colour photo of the weed in question, list which herbicides are registered for use, indicate optimum treatment times and which method/s can be employed for maximum effectiveness. The following documents are also available: Weed Risk Management System for the NT (Fact Sheet); Guidelines for Weed Data Collection in the Northern Territory; Introductory Weed Management Manual http://www.weedscrc.org.au/publications/education_training_resources.html; Setting up for Success Guide to Designing, Managing and Evaluating Projects http://www.daff.gov.au/natural-resources/landcare/publications/setting_up_for_success; and Participatory Evaluation for Landcare and Catchment Groups A Guide for Facilitators http://live.greeningaustralia.org.au/nativevegetation/pages/pdf/Authors%20W/14b_Woodhill_Robins.pdf. Grow Me Instead: A Guide for Gardeners in the Northern Territory, Nursery & Garden Industry Northern Territory The Bush Book: A manual for managing native vegetation across northern Australia (2009), Maria Kraatz, Peter Jacklyn and Mike Clarke, Greening Australia (NT) Ltd, http://www,greeningaustralia.org.au This plan is consistent with the: Weeds Management Act and the Weeds Management Regulations http://www.nt.gov.au/dcm/legislation/current.html National Weed Strategy http://www.weeds.org.au/nws.htm; and The National Weed Spread Prevention Action Plan http://www.weeds.org.au/docs/Draft_National_Weed_Spread_Action_Plan.pdf. Contacts for more information: NRETAS - Weed Management Branch Phone: 8999 4567 Fax: 8999 4445 E-mail: weedinfo.nretas@nt.gov.au Web: www.nt.gov.au/weeds DoR - Pastoral Production Phone: 8999 5511 Fax: 8999 2010 E-mail: info.dor@nt.gov.au Web: www.nt.gov.au/d/Primary_Industry/