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Govt ignores downside of rains: buffel grass

By ERWIN CHLANDA One of the draw-backs of this year’s excellent rains is that they are providing a boon for buffel grass, declared a weed...

Fire tragedy: Time for Aussies to look inland

 

 

A re-think of what's a comfort zone in Oz needs to get under way after the horrendous fires, while solar electricity generating in The Centre is offering global opportunities. Meanwhile, will the armed forces get an honourable discharge for their efforts to evacuate victims? ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Heat is on as NT in limbo on global warming policies

 

Records are being broken across the country as we in Central Australia swelter through another week of the "heatwave" continues which many commentators are referring to as "the new normal". Yet it is not clear what the new Northern Territory Government’s approach to climate change will be but early indications are not encouraging, writes JIMMY COCKING, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).

Only firefighters decide on how to deal with individual fires

 

Have firefighters watched some trees in the Todd burn? "Yes," says Senior Station Fire Officer in Alice Springs, John Kleeman, but only when any further effort to fight the fire would be "to no avail".

Have firefighters' decisions on how to respond to individual fires had anything to do with agreements or instructions from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA)?

"No," says Mr Kleeman and "No," says AAPA.

The Alice Springs News Online has spoken to Mr Kleeman and Dr Ben Scambary, the CEO of AAPA in order to clarify a heated debate that has developed in response to our report of November 7, 'Spot a tree? Chop it down!'.

Pictured: A severely damaged tree in the Todd River, alongside Tuncks Causeway – but is it dead? KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Blackened country greening up

It
doesn't take much for buffel grass and couch to get going again even
after a fire has been through. Our photo shows a devastated burnt tree
in the Todd River – there are many along the town stretch of the river –
with buffel and couch regrowing (and setting seed) following recent
light rain. How soon will we – and surviving trees –  lose the
fire-break benefit of recent burns, whether controlled or otherwise?

The Alice Springs News Online asked the Department of Resources about
what rate of grass regeneration we can expect in the large areas of
burnt country in and around Alice Springs, given that a weak La Nina
event is predicted for the summer.

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