Fly into learning
Penrhos College has used being in a Queensland fruit fly quarantine area as a student learning exercise on invasive destructive pests.
TEACHERS at Penrhos College in Como have embraced being in a Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) quarantine area, using it as a student learning exercise on invasive destructive pests.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working to eradicate the pest following the detection of male Qfly in its surveillance traps in Como in May.
Biosecurity manager Rosalie McCauley said the college was setting a great example of how the local community could help with the eradication effort.
“From day one, Penrhos has been wholly supportive of our program and is using it to teach students about the quarantine rules and eradication work,” she said.
“This has included regular spray baiting of citrus trees on the site and working with the college’s groundskeeper to keep an eye out for evidence of fruit fly, as well as using a solarisation program to dispose properly of fruit.”
Penrhos College Year 2 students looking at Qfly quarantine information with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development officer Jemma Thomas.