Fruit fly - fruit tree removal offer

9 August 2017 - Media release

During August and September, urban residential landowners are invited to have their unwanted fruit trees on their property removed at no cost.

Campaspe Shire Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said the program coordinated between council and the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Governance Group, is an initiative to combat the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in the local region.

“Fruit trees can provide the perfect breeding ground for the Queensland Fruit Fly, and as such can have a serious impact on our fruit growing industry and home gardens,” Cr Weston said.

The Goulburn Murray Fruit Fly Group consists of members from local and state government, horticultural producers and community members. The initiative has been implemented across Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie Shire’s where residents are encouraged to apply to have their unwanted fruit trees removed for free.

“Queensland Fruit Fly is a serious concern for regions that have a significant agricultural footprint such as Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie. This is one of several actions from the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Action Plan,” said Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield.

Cr Weston said fruit fly are relatively dormant during winter when the weather is too cold for them to be active, so now is the perfect time to remove potential breed sites. Everyone needs to work together to protect our region from fruit fly.

Applications to have fruit trees removed from your property are available from Campaspe Shire’s customer service centres. Given funds are limited, applications will be assessed and actioned accordingly.

For more information please contact our customer service centre on 1300 666 535.