@ David Nixon (Posted July 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm): …

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@ David Nixon (Posted July 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm): It may be recalled that in the early 2000s there was an attempt made to control buffel and couch grass in the Todd River from Heavitree Gap to Taffy Pick Crossing.
It was intended to be the first stage of rejuvenating the Todd and Charles rivers which was one of the major projects of the Alice in 10 program (i.e. “Alice Springs in 10 years”) announced soon after Denis Burke became Chief Minister early in 1999 and which continued for a time after Labor took office under Clare Martin.
One can still encounter fading and defaced “Alice in 10” promotional signs in various spots along the Todd River.
The grass eradication work commenced after the ultra wet years of 2000 and 2001, and also included removal of sand from the riverbed at Heavitree Gap.
The grass was sprayed with herbicide, which I recall was done by Aboriginal workers from Tangentyere Council.
Once the grass had died and was dry, it was cleared by controlled burning. For just that short stretch of the river the cost was about $400,000, from memory.
Both my father and I, independently of each other, predicted on air the entire exercise would prove to be a complete waste of time and taxpayers’ money, and so it proved to be as there was no follow-up or extension of the work upstream in succeeding years.
The problem of grass fires causing the loss of the river red gums in the Todd River has been raised many times, including (for example) by Senator Bernie Kilgariff in April 1987, shortly before he retired from his political career.
That’s 30 years ago, and with so many “hot” topics (pardon the pun) that we all go on about, here we still are talking about it.

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