I don't envy you the challenge Denise but I can appreciate it and I applaud
you for taking it on! Introduced grasses that keep me busy here trying to
keep the integrity of this property at Kobble Creek in SEQ so it stays
viable for birds and all other native fauna are Molasses, Rhodes and
That's just the grasses!
On 28 February 2016 at 06:09, Denise Goodfellow <>
> Good morning all
> It’s been a rather dry but stormy February here in the Top End. One
> lightning strike took out a large tree, our internet connections. It sent
> shards of trunk up over two metres in length flying for over forty metres
> in all directions, some landing on our verandah.
> Our outdoor activity at this time of year mainly consists of weeding.
> It’s a battle to preserve a variety of native grasses and herbs for
> resident birds such as Partridge Pigeon from a variety of interlopers
> capable at transforming our floristically diverse property to a
> monoculture. These weeds were mainly brought in as cattle pasture or as
> contaminants in cattle pasture.
> The cattle industry has fought tooth and nail to prevent some of these
> grasses being declared weeds. However some of these weeds are now causing
> issues for graziers. According to a real estate agent properties with
> gamba grass infestations are not selling. Secondly, and probably a bigger
> issue for the cattle industry, is another weed, a Rats-tail grass
> (Sporobolus jaquemontia). The silica in this grass causes a condition
> called smooth-mouth among stock. Cattle suffering from this condiition
> have teeth so worn down they cannot feed properly.
> Rats-tail grass, according to one grazier, is more difficult than other
> weeds to control, one reason being that has a sticky seed and is easily
> spread both by vehicles and animals moving through it. Secondly, birds
> such as Magpie-geese favour the seed and move through the grass stripping
> the heads as they go. So some granivores may benefit from it, although
> probably not Partridge Pigeons. They feed in a similar mannter, but only
> on small grass taxa, such as Eragrostris spp.
> Lastly, can anyone tell me whether it would be better for a US visitor
> travelling to Singapore then on to Bali and finally Darwin to book and pay
> for tickets from Australia or the USA?
> Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
> 043 8650 835
> PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
> Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
> Nominated by Earthfoot for Condé Nast’s International Ecotourism Award,
> With every introduction of a plant or animal that goes feral this
> continent becomes a little less unique, a little less Australian.
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