Town’s efforts pay off
GAYNDAH’s efforts to reduce its use of chemicals have been recognised.
Mayor Don Waugh was at the Tidy Towns awards presentation in Brisbane on Monday and said he was thrilled when Keep Australia Beautiful CEO Rick Burnett announced Gayndah as the winner of the Environmental Protection Award.
The award recognised the significant work carried out to reduce the fruit fly population.
Gayndah’s orchards participate in the Central Burnett Fruit Fly Program, which reduces the need to use chemicals.
Less chemical usage decreases the risk of pollution in waterways and the surrounding environment.
Gayndah’s Tidy Town submission said “research has shown a significant reduction of fruit flies since the start of the program in 2003”.
Mal Wallis works with the Fruit Fly Program and said the success had come from co-operation through the area-wide management program.
“Growers themselves are putting out fruit fly baits in their orchards,” Mr Wallis said.
“And bait-spraying is by far and away a better and more successful method than a cover spray.”
Bait-spraying targets the fruit fly and reduces the possibilities of harm to other insect species.
The Central Burnett’s areawide management of fruit flies is one of the first of its kind in Australia and is being used as a successful example across Australia and the world.
AWARD: Central Burnett Area Wide Management group members Mark Trott, MalWallis and Allen Jenkin are pleased with the program’s award win.