Fly fight hits the road

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley re­gional fruit fly co-or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field has struck the first blow in rid­ding Co­bram’s road­sides of Queens­land fruit fly breed­ing grounds.

Mr Ab­ber­field is work­ing with Vic Roads and gov­ern­ment agen­cies to iden­tify and re­move rogue fruit trees and veg­eta­bles grow­ing on pub­lic land across the Goul­burn Mur­ray re­gion.

Re­cent in­spec­tions along the Mur­ray Val­ley Hwy be­tween Co­bram and Yar­roweyah iden­ti­fied large clus­ters of prickly pear, a Queens­land fruit fly host plant.

‘‘Prickly pear is just one host fruit that at­tracts Queens­land fruit fly,’’ Mr Ab­ber­field said.

‘‘There are many fruit and veg­etable va­ri­eties grow­ing wild on pub­lic land pro­vid­ing an ideal breed­ing site.

‘‘We are cur­rently li­ais­ing with Vic Roads who will be­gin spray­ing the area.’’

Mr Ab­ber­field en­cour­aged mem­bers of the pub­lic to report rogue fruit trees and veg­eta­bles on road­sides and pub­lic land to their coun­cil.

‘‘We are ask­ing for pub­lic as­sis­tance in the re­port­ing of ar­eas of con­cern on road­sides or pub­lic land,’’ he said.

‘‘In pro­tect­ing the re­gion against fruit fly it is im­por­tant that we adopt a uni­form ap­proach to man­ag­ing host plants on pub­lic land which in­volves work­ing closely with Vic Roads, coun­cils and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies.’’

The in­va­sive prickly pear is one of many host plants that bear high level at­trac­tant fruit in which the fruit fly can lay its eggs and is a de­clared a nox­ious weed in Vic­to­ria.

To report rogue fruit trees or veg­eta­bles grow­ing wild on pub­lic land, con­tact the cus­tomer ser­vice desk at your lo­cal coun­cil and com­plete a Rogue Fruit Tree Reg­is­tra­tion Form.

Fruit fly heaven: Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley re­gional fruit fly co-or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field with the mass of prickly pear found near Co­bram.

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