THE Murray River is a hot spot for tourists during summer and this year is absolutely no exception. Together, Moira Shire and Campaspe Shire account for over 400kms of river frontage, which includes popular National Parks and State Forests.
The region’s successful Queensland Fruit Fly community awareness and education campaign was extended this year to reach tourists visiting the area’s river banks and camping grounds and saw visitors get on board to support the ‘No Flies On Us’ message.
Queensland Fruit Fly field officers braved the heat to distribute approximately 500 ‘No Flies On Us’ information packs to Murray River campers during the Christmas and New Year period.
The information packs provided information on fruit fly habitat and life cycles, host fruit and simple actions those with access to a fruit tree or host plant can take to reduce the spread of fruit fly, as well as easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own fruit fly trap.
Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly coordinator, Ross Abberfield said the peak holiday season was the perfect time to reinforce the cause.
“With tens of thousands of holiday-makers entering the area, we saw a real opportunity to create awareness about the threat that Queensland Fruit Fly poses to the Goulburn Murray Valley and surrounding regions,” Mr Abberfield said.
The extensive community awareness and education campaign aims to educate the community on the simple control and prevention measures that are imperative to winning the fight against fruit fly. For more information about the simple steps you can take to reduce the spread of fruit fly, go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au