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The Tatura Guardian - - News - Com­mu­nity mem­bers wish­ing to re­port rogue fruit trees or vegeta­bles on pub­lic land, can con­tact the cus­tomer ser­vice desk at their lo­cal coun­cil and com­plete a rogue fruit tree reg­is­tra­tion form.

Prickly pear found

The bat­tle con­tin­ues to rid the Goul­burn Murray dis­trict of Queens­land fruit fly with re­cent in­spec­tions along the Murray Val­ley Hwy iden­ti­fy­ing large clus­ters of prickly pear, a known host plant.

Goul­burn Murray Val­ley re­gional fruit fly co-or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field is work­ing with VicRoads and gov­ern­ment agen­cies to iden­tify and re­move rogue fruit trees and vegeta­bles grow­ing on pub­lic land across the re­gion.

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

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

Prickly prob­lem: Ross Ab­ber­field with a large clus­ter of prickly pear, which is a host plant for Queens­land fruit fly.

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