A FOCUS on increased community awareness and education has been critical in the campaign to stop the spread of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in the region.
The Goulburn Murray Valley QFF co-ordinator, Ross Abberfield thanked the community for stepping up to protect the region from fruit fly.
“The community has taken ownership of this issue which is reflected in the trapping data that shows a decline in captures in urban areas for the first two weeks of February compared with previous months,” he said.
Control and education measures included partnering with services clubs and schools to educate children and distribute traps, the Rogue Fruit Tree Register which allowed people to report rogue host trees on public land and the deployment of field officers.
Other successful initiatives include the Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program, which has seen 1,300 unwanted fruit trees identified for removal from yards across the region. An extensive community education campaign based on the Pick, Prune and Protect message has had a very positive effect.
“Continued efforts are being made to educate growers, industry and the community about the devastating effects of QFF and we feel that we have made real inroads here.”
For information about QFF control go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au