WITH the Goulburn Valley known as the Fruit Bowl of Victoria, it is important to ensure that locals do everything they can to prevent disease and pests such as the Queensland Fruit Fly.
Property owners with unwanted fruit trees in residential yards have until the end of December to apply to have them removed at no cost through the Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program.
The program has been extended in response to continued high demand, with more than 750 applications received across the Goulburn Murray Valley.
The removal of unwanted trees has helped to reduce the spread of fruit fly by eliminating potential breeding grounds found in unattended fruit trees and rotten fruit.
The program is available in Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Moira and Berrigan Shires as part of a regional approach to fruit fly management by the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Group.
Queensland Fruit Fly is a serious risk to the region’s multi-million dollar horticulture industry, backyard orchards and vegetable gardens.
For more information about the steps home gardeners can take to help reduce fruit fly, go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au