Queensland Fruit Fly a talking point at education awareness day.
Primary school students from Tocumwal Primary and Sacred Heart are in the know about Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) and the importance of protecting the region against the pest, after taking part in a recent education awareness day.
The event formed part of the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional Fruit Fly Project and saw the Tocumwal Lions Club in conjunction with the GMV Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator and the Tocumwal Men’s Shed deliver the education awareness day to 65 students on Tuesday 13 March 2018.
The Lions Club provided the venue for the session making great use of the recently acquired old Bowling Club in Tocumwal.
The Tocumwal Men’s Shed assisted in preparing the soft drink bottles for the students to make into fruit fly traps.
Together with staff from both schools, Lions Club members assisted with supervising small groups of children in building the traps.
GMV Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield, started the session with an interactive presentation after which the children got busy making their traps.
In all about 70 traps will be placed in the community thanks to the hard work of this busy and productive group of students.
At the conclusion of the trap building the Lions conducted a sausage sizzle and lots of fresh apples were on the menu – not a fruit fly in sight!
Regional Coordinator Ross Abberfield said education awareness and trap building days were being conducted throughout the GMV region.
“The Lions Clubs recognise the importance of managing fruit fly in their communities and by working together with schools, this program is creating community awareness and is producing high numbers of traps,” Mr Abberfield said.
He congratulated the schools on their well-behaved, polite and friendly students.
“One of the aims of the regional project is to deliver community programs to primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, which we are pleased to be actively undertaking.
‘If parents are in a position to reinforce this education program through practising QFF management strategies at home it has a great impact,” Mr Abberfield said.
President of Tocumwal Lions Glennis Pohlner, encouraged people to join or assist their local Lions Club in managing QFF in their community.
Fighting fruit fly is a community effort and all support is welcome.
For more information on QFF control pick up an information pack from your
local Council’s Customer Service Centre or go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au