Wet and Weeds

Jawoyn rangers have had a big weed season. They focused the major threat of WONs listed weed Gamba. Gamba is a grass that produces high fuel loads and therefore hot fires. The fire s it can cause maybe uncontainable by our current methods. The more the rangers went out to contain this weed the more they found. Katherine is now the southernmost frontline for the advancement of gamba.

Neem and Mahogany was also targeted especially at culturally important areas along the Katherine River. Rangers undertook chemcert training and taught casuals how the use monitoring devices such as I tracker.

Barnatjarl fencing project


Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation and its daughter organisation Banatjarl are the latest landholders to sign up for the Territory Conservation Agreement program.

TheTCA protects 168 hectares at Barnatjarl including two significant springs and rainforest, and is the 37th agreement to be established.

The TCA is expected to maintain the ecological value of two sites, which include culturally significant rock art, engravings and burial sites.

Parts of the land once experienced intensive pastoral use but the Banatjarl Women’s Group have since established a food garden and bush medicine base, while members of the Jawoyn community also hunt, fish and camp in the area.

Traditional Owner from the Derkolo clan and project manager on the TCA, Steven Andrews, said they would remove feral buffalos, cattle, horses and donkeys from the area and install six kilometres of fencing to keep them out.