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The Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan 2015-2020 is a plan for coordinated action to combat fruit flies. As part of the Regional Grants program, a $6.7 million commitment over 3 years (2016 – 2019) was instituted to support community action to manage fruit fly with industry led regional action plans and regional coordination, on ground control programs and local community engagement activities. The Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional Fruit Fly Group was activated in 2016 to strengthen fruit fly management across the region. Its development has improved area wide coordination and allowed for effective collaboration between industry, government and the community.

This coordinated management approach aims to suppress QFF numbers in the GMV and protect the region’s multi-million dollar horticulture industry.

The group brings together members of the local horticulture industry associations, agronomists, Agriculture Victoria, government agencies, industry, growers and the community to apply an integrated approach to the control of QFF.

The GMV region stretches along the Murray from the New South Wales border of Moira and Campaspe Shires, through the Goulburn Valley and down into the Strathbogie Ranges. This horticulture production area plays a critical role in the regional economy and produces pears, apples, stone fruit, including cherries, tomatoes and grapes.

The spread of QFF not only presents a serious threat to the region’s horticulture industry and domestic and international trade opportunities, it also adversely affects home orchards and garden enthusiasts.

Critical to the success of fruit fly management is improved community awareness and wide spread recognition that no single measure will stop the spread of QFF. We all need to work together and implement a range of strategies to fight the QFF.

A suite of control strategies and fruit fly management actions have been rolled out across the region and are detailed in the GMV Regional Action Plan.