More than 250 students from St Patrick’s Primary School and Tongala Primary School turned out to the Tongala Lions ‘Bye Bye Fruit Fly’ event in October to hear first-hand about fruit fly management.
With a captive audience, the session…. was a chance to educate the youngest members of our community on the simple steps they can take with their parents to help reduce the spread of fruit fly in the region. Students were also able to decorate their own fruit fly trap, which they were encouraged to take home and place in their garden.
A generous donation of apples allowed children to enjoy some delicious local produce and Fruit Growers Victoria had the Packy Pear mascot on-hand in support of the fruit fly awareness message.
The community session, held later in the day, was well attended, with the focus on community awareness continuing. Free fruit fly traps were also distributed at the community session through Campaspe Shire.
The Tongala ‘Bye Bye Fruit Fly’ program will be put to the Lions Convention in October to be adopted by Lions Clubs in NSW and Victorian Clubs and if approved and rolled out by other Clubs will have a positive effect on raising community awareness about fruit fly management.