Fruit fly expo to visit Berrigan
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 .