VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES TAKING THE LEAD TO FIGHT FRUIT FLY

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to help local communities and the horticultural industry to tackle Queensland fruit fly (QFF) head on with the approval of another $1.6 million in on-ground grants.

The program supports a coordinated and collaborative approach to QFF management in Victoria, with a special focus on projects that contribute to protecting local horticultural industries.

Grants have now been allocated to 28 Community Groups to fund projects that support collaborative community action on QFF.  This including awareness building activities and increasing control of the pest through best practice management activities at a local level.

James Merlino MP is proud to announce the following successful grant applicants from Monbulk:

Organisation Grant Awarded Action
Agribusiness Yarra Valley $4,160 Community education meetings to raise awareness of and demonstrate management techniques.
Agribusiness Yarra Valley $192,390

 

Resources for the continued delivery of the Yarra Valley Regional Action Plan including – buffer trapping for the Pest Free Place of Production (PFPP), an intensified fruit fly trapping program within the PFPP and a sentinel trapping program in the Yarra Valley. It will fund response kits which will be deployed to detections in the Yarra Valley outside the PFPP. The grant will also support communication and engagement activities including advertising, resources for meetings and field days, website development and a pilot fruit fly program for schools.
Yarra Ranges Council $160,000

 

Key action in the Yarra Valley Regional Action Plan to remove host trees on public lands. The grant will provide funding for a scoping study to determine the location of host trees on council land around the Yarra Valley PFPP and provide $100,000 for tree removals
Box Hill Institute $39,220 An investigation into management strategies for fallen and rejected fruit for commercial growers. It will provide a literature review of fruit-waste management options, prioritise and analyse of viability of identified options and complete a small-scale feasibility study of one or more waste-management options.

 

These grants are part of the Victorian Government’s larger $6.7 million Managing Fruit Fly – Regional Grants Program.

Since the grants program commenced in 2017, significant progress has already been made in the management of QFF at a regional level in the Goulburn Murray Valley, Greater Sunraysia and Yarra Valley through extensive community engagement and coordinated control programs including host tree removal, trapping, workshops and advertising campaigns.

For full details of all the Managing Fruit Fly Grants allocated across Victoria please visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/qff-grants

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“Queensland fruit fly is a serious pest and we need a collaborative approach to reduce its impact on the state’s horticultural industries, which are worth $1.1 billion to Victoria’s export economy.”

“The program builds on work already done in the sector and will play an important role in helping the community and industry to continue to manage Queensland fruit fly.”

“Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and these grants enable industry and the community to take ownership of QFF control in their region, which we know gives us the best results.”

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