The Gulf of Carpentaria is being inundated with some of the highest densities of rubbish in the world
It was a video seen by millions of people worldwide: a diver swimming through Indonesian waters thick with plastic pollution on a scale he said he’d never seen before.
But one of the frontlines of this global problem is much further out of the spotlight, on remote Australian beaches so pristine and well protected that some require a permit before you can set foot on them.
“That is the vision you’d imagine when you go to these beaches — they’re so remote and totally untouched,” said Luke Playford, sea country facilitator with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.
Sadly over the weekend infrastructure and vegetation at the Latram have been subject to mindless acts of vandalism.
Dhimurru is seeking any information relating to this incident and a reward will be offered for information that identifies the offenders.
Nhulunbuy Police have been notified.
Please call 8939 2700 if you have any information.
Prickly Pear, Opuntia stricta var dillenii, is a Class A weed in the NT (must be eradicated)…for good reason. It has a hard seed carried in the sweet fleshy fruit, which bird love and will pass through their gut unchanged, ready to germinate. Each fruit and flat branchlet has projections called areoles, housing spines and from which new plants can develop if left in contact with the soil. It is highly drought resistant and if bushfire or stock destroy the top of the plant, it will regenerate from bulb. Yes…think Terminator!
It seems that the ugly face of Prickly Pear has reached our lovely part of the world. Dhimurru has just been made aware of 2 large plants in town and will remove them 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.