Bellyache bush, Jatropha gossypiifolia is an invasive shrub that can grow to about 2.5 meters high. Left untreated, it can quickly spread, out-competing native vegetation. Its fruit is poisonous to all animals, including humans.
Native to tropical America, it has appeared in this region as a garden ornamental. It is having a big impact in the Roper River region and Victoria River region of N.T.
Bellyache bush is an NT Class A (to be eradicated) weed species.
If you have this plant in your yard or know where plants occur, please contact Luke Playford at Dhimurru on 0499 037 753 and he will get rid of it for you.
On Monday 6th March 2017 the Rirritjingu, Djambarrpuyngu and the Djunggaya (custodians) welcomed the Yirrkala School secondary students to their Term 1 and 2 learning at Nuwul and the surrounding country near Yirrkala.
The ceremony started with welcoming speeches by elders, followed by painting up the gapan (white clay) and then manikay (songlines) and bunggul (dance) to show respect to the country. The manikay was about the merri raki (string) and ngurula (the tern).
The country is now officially open for the Yirrkala School Learning on Country program. The country is also open for the extensive preparation by many organisations needed for the large Merri Galtha workshop planned by Langani Marika, elders, Dhimurru and the Yirrkala School for the first week of May 2017.
To use an expression from the elders, the spear has pierced the earth to create the starting point and direction.
Written by Jono & Djalinda
The Management and Staff of Dhimurru would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas, and best wishes for the coming year. We would also like to thank everyone for their continued support.
Dhimurru will be closed over the Christmas period.
Closing at 1pm Friday 23rd December and re-opening at 9.30am Monday 2nd January.
Patrols of Designated Recreational Areas will take place during this holiday period, so please make sure you have the required General Access and Special Permits if you are venturing outside the town lease. All permits can be obtained online here.
Sagittaria (Sagittaria platyphylla) is one of Australia’s worst weed species and listed as a Weed of National Significance (WoNS). Unfortunately it is now present in the NT.
Although seemingly small and innocent, this pretty ponded plant has the potential to infest and clog wetlands, displacing native plants and animals and altering water flows. Its small, light, pepper-like seeds can be spread by waterbirds, animals or humans.
The weed recently turned up in Darwin and Katherine nurseries incorrectly labelled as another species ‘Melon sword’. The resulting plant recall has determined the plant was also sold and distributed through the public approximately 10 years ago…… it could be in your back yard pond!
We are putting out a request for anybody who may have seen this plant, in their backyard pond, at a friend’s BBQ, fishing or hunting in the wetlands or at the Town Lagoon to please get in contact with Dhimurru who will in turn contact the NTG Weed Management Branch for its removal and destruction.
Please contact Luke at Dhimurru on 0499 037 753 or NTG Weed Management Branch on 8999 4567
Your assistance is very much appreciated
Dhimurru located and removed a further tray load of Prickly Pear plants from 2 yards in Klyn Circuit this week. A concerted effort to deal with this weed now, will save us major work in the future. The campaign to eradicate this Class A weed from the region continues, so please contact us if you know the location of any other plants.
If you have this plant in your yard or in a pot plant do not compost it, bury it or throw it in the bin.
Please call Luke Playford at Dhimurru on 0499 037 753 to discuss how to deal with it.
Since our last post in mid November, Prickly Pear has been found and removed from three additional locations in the Nhulunbuy residential area. This Class A weed is drought resistant and will happily survive long periods without water only to flourish in the wetter months or if watered. The fruit and any part of the leaves or stem are germination points making it difficult to dispose of. For this reason we advise that you do not compost it, bury it or throw it in the bin.
Please call Luke at Dhimurru on 0499 037 753 to discuss how to deal with it.
If you know of any plants in your area, again please notify us
Dhimurru Board, members and staff, extend their condolences to the family and friends of our recently departed leader.
Reverend Gumana AO will be remembered for his support and commitment to Yolngu values and the Yolngu community. He played an important leadership role with other clan leaders in the establishment of Dhimurru.
We are all beneficiaries of his lifetimes work for land and sea rights, in education, community development, reconciliation and religious life.
Prickly Pear is a general term used to describe over ten members of the Cactaceae family (Cactus). But the one most of us know as Prickly Pear, is Opuntia stricta var dillenii, (pictured). Some may remember a weeds story from school days about a voracious weed that spread over millions of hectares of Queensland and New South Wales in the early 1900’s and cost our agricultural industry millions of dollars in mechanical and chemical control…both of which proved ineffectual on the unstoppable spread of the weed. It wasn’t until a biological control was found and distributed in 1926 in the Cactoblastic moth (the larvae ate the leaf), that Prickly Pear control was achieved. Like all biological controls though, total eradication is not possible.
Prickly Pear is a NT Class A weed (must be eradicated) for a number of reason. It has a hard seed carried in the sweet fleshy fruit, which when consumed by animals, predominantly birds, will pass through unchanged, ready to germinate. Each fruit and flat brachlet has projections called areoles, housing spines and from which new plants can develop. It is highly drought resistant and if bushfire or stock destroy the top of the plant, it will regenerate from bulb.
The two mature plants that have been found will be removed asap but it is absolutely vital that any other plants in town are identified and removed in a clinical and careful manner. If you have this plant in your yard or in a pot plant do not compost it, bury it or throw it in the bin.
Please call Luke Playford at Dhimurru on 0499037753 to discuss how to deal with it.