Tree re­moval pro­gram to stamp out fruit fly

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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.

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