Reg­is­ter to re­move trees

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Do you have un­wanted fruit trees in your back­yard? Does fallen fruit make a mess of your yard ev­ery year?

If you an­swered ‘yes’ to ei­ther of these ques­tions, it is time to get in touch with Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil and reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in a fruit tree re­moval pro­gram.

Queens­land fruit fly is a huge prob­lem in our towns and is a threat to our hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try.

One of the worst breed­ing grounds for fruit fly is ripe fruit left ly­ing on the ground.

If you no longer tend your fruit trees you are con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem and pos­si­bly caus­ing your neigh­bour to lose their tomato crop.

‘‘In all the work that has been done at coun­cil on the fruit fly prob­lem, the most com­mon is­sue we hear is com­plaints about neigh­bours let­ting fruit rot on the ground,’’ Cr Matt Han­nan said.

‘‘We have heard from many res­i­dents who have given up on their vegie garden be­cause of fruit fly-in­fested trees in their neigh­bours’ yards,’’ he said.

‘‘A pro­gram has been launched in Vic­to­ria to re­move un­wanted fruit trees which is be­ing funded by the state govern­ment, how­ever, that is not the case in NSW.

‘‘Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil feels very strongly about this is­sue and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to fund a fruit tree re­moval pro­gram, but we need to know the com­mu­nity in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing, hence the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est form.’’

The best way to pro­tect back­yard fruit and veg­eta­bles from Queens­land fruit fly is to net with spe­cific fruit fly net­ting.

Traps will not kill all fruit flies but are good in­di­ca­tors that fruit flies are around.

A form has been de­liv­ered to ev­ery ur­ban house­hold in Ber­ri­gan Shire, which can be re­turned to the shire of­fice or any of the li­braries, or in­ter­est can be reg­is­tered on­line via the coun­cil web­site or so­cial me­dia pages.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil on 5888 5100.

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