The fight against Queensland fruit fly is ramping up moving into the fruit season, with community workshops being held in Cobram next month.
Some of the fruit fly issues being discussed include identification and activity patterns, trapping and monitoring, baiting, spraying, exclusion practices, garden hygiene, pruning, early harvesting, host plant removal and alternative plants.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said community participation in the free workshops would benefit individuals as well as the community.
‘‘Information and support to help you control fruit fly on your property will be available, so everyone is invited to come along and see what assistance is on offer,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘The workshops are free and will be interactive — why not come along and enjoy our bottomless tea and coffee while you are there?
‘‘To protect the region, it is essential everyone is well aware of the impact this pest can have and the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Action Group is encouraging locals to work together to control Queensland fruit fly.’’
The group brings together Greater City of Shepparton, Moira Shire, Berrigan Shire, Campaspe Shire, Strathbogie Shire, Fruit Growers Victoria and Cobram and District Fruit Growers Association as well as numerous other government, industry and community representatives — all with the goal of combating fruit fly in the region.
The workshops will be held at the Regional Fruit Fly Office, 3/29 Station St, Cobram on September 18 and 20; each workshop will start at 10am and finish at noon.
■Phone Moira Shire Council on 5871 9222 to register your interest to attend a workshop, as seating is limited.