Australia’s much maligned native grasses have come in for a make-over in recent years. And as Graeme O’Neill reports, they needn’t weep anymore. Native grass expert Ian Chivers was harvesting kangaroo grass in a droughted paddock in Craigieburn, in Melbourne’s semi-rural north in 1988 – the year of Australia’s bicentennial – when a patch of verdant green among nearby rocks caught his eye.