Local know-how prevents weed contamination

Ranger co-ordinator Jacob Bar-lev (right) and rangers Charlie, Paul and Dale map weed location data into the GPS on the outskirts of Ramingining
Ranger co-ordinator Jacob Bar-lev (right) and rangers Charlie, Paul and Dale map weed location data into the GPS on the outskirts of Ramingining

Power and Water Corporation’s Northern Territory Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) team has tapped into local knowledge by forming a partnership with Indigenous rangers.

Ensuring a solar site remains free from weeds is important, especially during the construction phase. As a result, Power and Water Corporation has teamed up with

Wanga Djakamirr and Guruwiling rangers, from the Ramingining community, to survey the proposed site.

“The danger is that as heavy machinery travels from locations with weeds such as Gamba Grass, there’s potential for the seed to be carried in and contaminate a site,” community engagement manager Chantal Bramley said.

SETuP contractors will use the ranger’s compound as a wash down site where the vehicles will be inspected to verify cleanliness. This will continue during the first stage of clearing and fencing, then again during the construction phase.

Ramingining is one of the first of 10 communities as part of the Solar Energy Transformation Program, which will install 10MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) across 30 Northern Territory communities.