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