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Free tree removal program effective in giving Queensland Fruit Fly the boot

April 30, 2020

Fruit fly is finding it harder to get a foothold in the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) thanks to moves to disrupt the pest’s habitat through the removal and eradication of unwanted fruiting trees and plants.

The GMV Fruit Fly Project’s free tree removal program has significantly reduced potential breeding habitat through the removal of nearly 80,000 unmanaged fruit trees and plants since June 2017. It is estimated that by the end of the financial year this number will have increased to approximately 90,000.

GMV Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said originally the focus was on unmanaged residential and public trees and plants but has been expanded to include unmanaged orchards, which make up a large percentage of the removals to date.

“We have been able to reduce potential breeding habitat by working with property owners to remove unmanaged orchards that have been non-productive for two consecutive seasons or more. These orchards are inspected by Agriculture Victoria staff to verify they meet the strict conditions necessary to qualify for the removal program,” Mr Abberfield said.

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Home gardeners respond to COVID-19

April 23, 2020

The Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Fruit Fly office in Victoria has responded to a surge in enquiries by the public wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in the safety of their own backyards due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GMV Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said COVID-19 restrictions are escalating daily and more and more people are opting to grow their own fruit and vegetables, with a reported run on vegetable seedling and seed sales in recent weeks and months.

“With the government enacting social distancing measures together with travel restrictions advice we are being contacted by people who want to avoid going into crowded places such as supermarkets and markets. Many have self-isolated and want advice on growing their own produce at home, so they can de-stress in the garden and eat their own fruit and vegetables,” Mr Abberfield said.  Please click here for full media release.

 

United approach to Fruit Fly Area Wide Management

February 17, 2020

The Area Wide Management (AWM) of fruit fly relies on a united management approach, bringing together agencies and representatives from a broad spectrum.

The Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Fruit Fly Governance Group recently met with Agriculture Victoria and the Manager of the National Fruit Fly Council in Cobram, Victoria to discuss opportunities to further enhance the coordinated management of the pest.

The GMV Fruit Fly Project is a recognised leader in Fruit Fly AWM, bringing together community, government and industry to reduce the effects of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) on the region, along with its horticultural sector and local economy.

The project received the 2019 Victorian Regional Achiever of the Year Award and the 2019 Victorian Agricultural Innovation Award in recognition of it achievements. Please click here for full media release.

Rogue Fruit Tree Register

October 26, 2019

Rogue fruit trees growing on public land, roadsides, channel banks or reserves are a potential habitat for Qld Fruit Fly.

How you can help…

If you spot a fruit tree growing on public land take note of its location, type (if known) and approximate size then contact a participating Council to complete the Rogue Tree Registration Form.  The reporting process is easy and can be done through the Customer Service Desk of participating Councils.

Participating Shires include – Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie

This register assists authorities to identify  breeding grounds for QFF and work towards their removal. 

Free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program

October 18, 2017

Unattended fruit trees provide a breeding ground and can fuel the spread of QFF. The removal of fruit trees should be considered if you are unable to take appropriate measures to control QFF in your garden.

The Free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program is offered in the Shires of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie and runs throughout July, August and September. The program has been extended until the end of February 2018 due to increased demand.       

Tree removal applications are individually assessed and trees removed by a registered and insured private contractor at no cost to the property owner. Applications are available from the Customer Service Desk of participating Councils.

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