‘No flies’ mes­sage bears fruit

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

CROWDS vis­it­ing the re­cent El­more Field Days had the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about Queens­land Fruit Fly (QFF) and the tasks ev­ery­one can take on with the ar­rival of spring to help pre­vent the spread of the pest.

The No Flies On Us mes­sage was loud and clear for those pass­ing the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley Re­gional Queens­land Fruit Fly ed­u­ca­tion desk.

Ross Ab­ber­field, Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley re­gional fruit fly co­or­di­na­tor, said crowds at the three-day event were re­spon­sive to the in­for­ma­tion on dis­play about the pest, and about 1000 in­for­ma­tion packs, show­bags and give­aways were dis­trib­uted.

There was strong in­ter­est in the pro­ject of­fer of free fruit tree re­moval.’

‘‘This was an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate those at­tend­ing the field days that there are a few sim­ple steps that make a real dif­fer­ence to min­imis­ing the spread and dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect of fruit fly,’’ he said.

‘‘There was strong in­ter­est in the pro­ject of­fer of free fruit tree re­moval, which has now been ex­tended to in­clude ur­ban, peri-ur­ban and ru­ral res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.’’

Home gar­den­ers are re­minded now is the time to po­si­tion traps in yards and recharge with new lures on ex­ist­ing traps. It is also im­por­tant to check fruit that is ripen­ing for fruit fly in­fes­ta­tion.

In­for­ma­tion packs are avail­able at the Cam­paspe Shire cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tre.

Head of pro­grams at Bendigo Tech School Rob­bie Philpott and Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley re­gional fruit fly co­or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field at the re­cent El­more Field Days.

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