Tree removal program to stamp out fruit fly
Berrigan Shire Council is offering free fruit tree removal in an effort to reduce the impact of Queensland Fruit Fly.
Council is urging fruit tree owners to ‘‘do their bit’’, with fruit fly more active in warmer weather.
Berrigan Shire economic and industry development liaison Merran Socha said it was important shire residents contact the council to have their fruit trees removed.
‘‘We have received many letters with regards to the program, and from these more than 100 fruit trees across the shire will be removed in coming months.
‘‘I would encourage anyone who wants a fruit tree removed to contact the council quickly as the program is about to get underway.’’
One of the first to sign up for the shire removal program, Tocumwal resident Keith Grimshaw said people should be aware that some responsibility still lies with the resident if they want a tree completely removed.
He said when he was notified of the process he was surprised to learn the removal did not include the root system.
‘‘I want to use that area to grow new plants but I can’t because the root system is still there.’’
Goulburn Murray Valley regional fruit fly coordinator Ross Abberfield said control is important as Queensland Fruit Fly is a threat to the region’s horticulture industry.
For more information about the program, please contact Berrigan Shire Coucnil on (03) 5888 5100.