Fruit fly expo to visit Ber­ri­gan

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Home gar­den­ers, com­mer­cial grow­ers, com­mu­nity groups and in­ter­ested com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to the ‘No Flies On Us Expo’ and hear first hand from guest speak­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts on the value of work­ing to­gether to stop the spread of Queens­land Fruit Fly.

The expo is de­liv­ered through the Goul­burn Mur­ray Valley Re­gional Fruit Fly Group and will visit Ber­ri­gan on Septem­ber 3.

The group brings to­gether mem­bers of the lo­cal hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, agron­o­mists, Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria, gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­dus­try, grow­ers, ser­vice clubs and the com­mu­nity to ap­ply an in­te­grated ap­proach to the con­trol of QFF.

Goul­burn Mur­ray Valley Re­gional Fruit Fly co­or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field urged peo­ple to at­tend the expo to learn more about the sim­ple steps home gar­den­ers and the broader com­mu­nity can take to pro­tect against the pest.

‘‘As part of the expo, there will be home gar­dener and grower fo­rums, trap mak­ing ses­sions and op­por­tu­ni­ties to bet­ter un­der- stand the more tech­ni­cal as­pects about how we con­trol fruit fly,” Mr Ab­ber­field said.

‘‘We are invit­ing all in­ter­ested com­mu­nity mem­bers to get along to one of our expo lo­ca­tions as we firmly be­lieve re­duc­ing the spread of fruit fly re­quires a com­bined com­mu­nity ef­fort.’’

The expo will also visit Co­bram and will in­cor­po­rate give­aways such as ‘No Flies On Us’ show­bags, in­for­ma­tion packs and na­tive trees. There will also be a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue, fresh fruit and re­fresh­ments at each lo­ca­tion.

The expo will visit the Ber­ri­gan Sol­dier’s Me­mo­rial Hall in Chanter St on Septem­ber 3.

From 10am to noon there will be a com­mu­nity fo­rum and in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, fol­lowed by a free Lions Club com­mu­nity bar­be­cue (all wel­come).

There will also be a Lions fruit fly trap build­ing work­shop with pri­mary schools from 10.30am to noon.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the expo visit www.gmv-qld­fruit­fly.com.au .

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