Ur­ban fruit trees flagged as con­cern

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An ini­tia­tive aimed at com­bat­ing the im­pact of the Queens­land Fruit Fly means res­i­dents may qual­ify for free un­wanted fruit tree re­moval.

Fruit trees grow­ing on ur­ban res­i­den­tial land have been flagged as a con­cern to fruit grow­ers, given they can en­cour­age the breed­ing of QFF, say the lo­cal ac­tion group.

The ini­tia­tive im­ple­mented across Greater Shep­par­ton, Moira Shire, Cam­paspe Shire and Strath­bo­gie Shire is to en­cour­age own­ers of ur­ban res­i­den­tial land to ap­ply to have un­wanted fruit trees re­moved with­out cost.

It arose from the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley Fruit Fly Ac­tion Plan.

‘‘Fruit trees you no longer re­quire or are un­able to main­tain can pro­vide breed­ing grounds for QFF, which in turn can have a se­ri­ous im­pact on our fruit grow­ing in­dus­try and our home gar­dens,’’ a state­ment from the ac­tion group said.

Given funds are lim­ited, ap­pli­ca­tions will be as­sessed and ac­tioned ac­cord­ingly, the ac­tion group said.

‘‘QFF is a se­ri­ous con­cern for re­gions that have a sig­nif­i­cant agri­cul­tural foot­print such as Greater Shep­par­ton, Moira, Cam­paspe and Strath­bo­gie,’’ Fruit Fly Co-or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field said.

‘‘This is one of the sev­eral ac­tions that have arisen from the GMVFFAP.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions to have fruit trees re­moved from ur­ban res­i­den­tial land are avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cil/shire of­fices.

❝ QFF is a se­ri­ous con­cern for re­gions that have a sig­nif­i­cant agri­cul­tural foot­print . . . ❞

Ross Ab­ber­field

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