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Head to a forum on Queensland Fruit Fly to find out what you can do to keep them out of the shire.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Queensland Fruit Fly has been found in gardens throughout Mount Alexander Shire, taking many gardeners and growers by surprise.

Knowing what to do during the end of the summer crops, and how to prepare for next season will help protect fruit and vegetables in our backyards and orchards.

Local orchardist Ali Brookes from Maldon Cherry Farm has arranged community information sessions to be held around the shire and every grower is invited to go along and learn what they can do to manage and prevent the spread of fruit fly.

“As a fruit grower, I’m very concerned about the reach of fruit fly locally. We know that they are in Bendigo, and they can have a devastating impact on our local produce and economy,” she said.

Ms Brookes has arranged Project Officer from the Fruit Fly Action Plan Megan Hill to present the information sessions at Harcourt, Maldon and Castlemaine.

“We’d love to see people from right across the shire coming along to the sessions to learn what they need to look out for and how they can manage fruit fly if they find it in their garden or farm,” said Ms Brookes.

“By working together we can limit the spread and outbreaks of fruit fly across the shire,” she said.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is supporting the information sessions and is working across the region to boost awareness and education of fruit fly.

“Horticulture injects about $18 million into our local economy each year so the prevalence of Queensland Fruit Fly could have a huge impact on local growers and the whole local economy,” said Eva Parkin, Council’s Economic Development Officer.

“We know from other areas that the pest can not only reduce production but also disrupt trade around the country and worldwide,” said Ms Parkin.

“It’s imperative that backyard and commercial growers know what to look out for and how to manage infestations of fruit fly. Attending one of these free sessions is a good start,” she said.

Queensland Fruit Fly information forums:

Maldon
When: 9.30am – 11.00am, Thursday 5 April
Where: Maldon Community Centre

Castlemaine
When: 12noon – 1.30pm, Thursday 5 April
Where: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Former Tea Rooms

Harcourt

When: 2.30pm – 4.00pm, Thursday 5 April
Where: Harcourt Uniting Church Hall

For more information search Queensland Fruit Fly on Agriculture Victoria’s website www.agriculture.vic.gov.au or call their Customer Service Centre on 136 186. A wide range of products are available from nurseries, chemical resellers and hardware stores to control flies and protect fruit from damage.


Image: Queensland Fruit Fly can have a devastating impact on local growers. (Photo: Richard Baxter Photography).


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