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Open Letter for Buffel Grass Weed Declaration

Below is a letter signed by organisations and key stakeholders from Central Australia across the sectors of health, education, land management, tourism, advocacy, arts and media. The Environment Minister is in the process of weed declaration: what could be the most significant step to propel action on buffel grass in the Territory's history.  If you would like to add your organisation's name to the letter please contact [email protected]

November 2023

Dear Northern Territory Minister for the Environment Kate Worden,

We demand buffel grass be declared a Class A/B weed for all land tenure types across the Territory.

Buffel grass is the greatest invasive species threat to environment and cultures across the arid lands. Buffel-fuelled wildfires are an existential threat to public safety, tourism, the arts and the physical and mental health of Territorians. Climate change is compounding the impacts of buffel grass.

A Class A/B weed declaration is a key step towards better buffel grass management across the NT.


Organisations that support the Buffel Grass Weed Declaration Open Letter

  1. Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council
  2. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
  3. Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
  4. United Worker's Union
  5. Tjuwanpa Women’s Rangers
  6. Tjanpi Desert Weavers
  7. Hermannsburg Potters
  8. Unions NT
  9. Walkatjara Art Uluru
  10. Papunya Tjupi Arts
  11. Running Water Community Press
  12. Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjara Art
  13. Ernabella Arts
  14. Children’s Ground
  15. Landscape South Australia - Alinytjara Wilurara
  16. Watch This Space
  17. Ninuku Arts
  18. Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands
  19. Wilderness Society
  20. Trek Larapinta
  21. Mulgas Adventures
  22. Australian Walking Holidays
  23. G’Day Mate Tourist park
  24. Sandrifter Safaris
  25. Red Earth Roaming
  26. Art Tours of Australia
  27. Rattlepod Landscapes
  28. Gamba Grassroots
  29. Ecological Horizons
  30. Fiona Walsh Ecology
  31. Centralian Seedlings
  32. Alice Springs Landcare
  33. Environment Centre NT
  34. Arid Lands Environment Centre
  35. Olive Pink Botanic Garden Alice Springs
  36. Alice Springs Community Garden Network
  37. Red Hot Arts
  38. 8CCC
  39. Hele Visual Arts Precinct 
  40. Conservation Council South Australia
  41. Conservation Council Queensland
  42. Northern Territory Greens
  43. Empowered Communities
  44. Purple House
  45. Protect the Bush Alliance
  46. Mallee Conservation
  47. Triptic
  48. Lone Dingo
  49. Biodiversity Council
  50. UP: Uprising of the People
  51. Invasive Species Council
  52. Friends of the Earth Australia
  53. Maruku Arts
  54. Landcare Northern Territory
  55. Doctors for the Environment Australia