City of Darwin will soon be commencing dust and soil management in areas of parkland that have been affected by tree loss as a result of Cyclone Marcus.
The loss of trees in our public open spaces since Cyclone Marcus has resulted in large areas of parkland at Anula and Malak being without sufficient grass coverage. This is causing dust problems due to the dry conditions at this time of year.
A number of options were put to Council at its meeting on Tuesday with Council choosing to give staff members the go ahead to use a range of spraygrass options dependent upon the conditions of the area to be treated.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said: “We have to do something to bring our parklands back to life following the Cyclone Marcus damage.
“Spraygrass has a great rate of successful germination in most conditions and best suited to our climate.”
The cost of using the treatments will be in the region of up to $150,000 and they will be used at the Anula Greenbelt and Park, the Malak Greenbelt/Oval surrounds and Bayfield Park in Malak.
The funds will be identified from within the existing budget to pay for the treatments prior to the commencement of the wet season.