Ankerre Ankerre (Coolibah Swamp) is central to Arrernte Mparntwe culture. Our priorities are to restore some integrity to the site, which is now dissected by arterial roads and drains and covered in a monoculture of saltbush, introduced for dust control in the 1970’s. We work to: reduce the saltbush and grassy weeds to protect the ancient coolibahs from fire, open up the sight-lines, and advocate for the restoration of water flow. We aim to improve public appreciation of this extensive iconic site, which is just 800 meters from the town center.
Landcare members work in the hills to protect areas from fire and aid regeneration.
Clearing the Buffel Grass will prevent trees from burning in case of uncontrolled fire and also result in the growth of native plants whose seed banks are still in the ground.