Town’s ef­forts pay off

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

AWARD: Cen­tral Bur­nett Area Wide Man­age­ment group mem­bers Mark Trott, MalWal­lis and Allen Jenkin are pleased with the pro­gram’s award win.

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