Weevil project success
The Djurrubu weevil breeding program has produced enough of the insects to ensure this season's Kakadu release is the largest ever, prompting weed management experts to predict a dramatic impact on salvinia infestations within the boundaries of Kakadu National Park. This biological method has been successful in controlling salvinia in the Daly River, Papua New Guinea and parts of New South Wales and is most effective in warmer climates.
The collaboration between NT government staff, Kakadu National Park and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation has had multiple positive outcomes and is a testimony to what can be achieved when government works with community.
To date the Djurrubu Rangers and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation have covered all costs associated with this weed management operation within Kakadu National Park and the next logical step is commercial contracts from Parks for traditional owners to continue weevil work as well as the chemical control of this devastating weed.
Media reports covering this weevil project: Landline and NT News