Strathbogie Shire Council

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Free urban fruit tree removal offer

Monday, 7 August, 2017

If you have fruit trees growing on urban residential land you may qualify to have your fruit trees removed. Fruit trees on urban residential land are a major concern for local fruit growers as they can attract and support the breeding of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).

An initiative has been implemented across Greater Shepparton, Moira Shire, Campaspe Shire and Strathbogie Shire to encourage land owners of urban residential land to make application to have unwanted fruit trees removed free of charge.

This is an initiative that has arisen from the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Action Plan (GMVFFAP) which has been developed by the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Group (GMVFFG).

The GMVFFG includes representation from major horticultural producers, local and state government and community members from the area.

Fruit trees you no longer require or are unable to maintain can provide breeding grounds for QFF which in turn can have a serious impact on our fruit growing industry and our home gardens.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Shire residents can be proactive and submit an application now to have their unwanted fruit trees removed to fight the Queensland Fruit Fly,

"Strathbogie Shire is in the heart of Victoria and a place with a lot of home-grown produce, which are under threat with the QFF," she said.

"We need to protect our areas from fruit fly and this is a fantastic initiative to do so."

"QFF is a serious concern for regions that have a significant agricultural footprint such as Greater Shepparton, Moira, Campaspe and Strathbogie. This is one of the several actions that have arisen from the GMVFFAP," Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said.

Winter is a great time to remove potential breeding sites as the QFF is relatively dormant during this period when the weather is too cold for them to be active.

Applications to have fruit trees removed from urban residential land are available at participating Council/Shire Offices. Given funds are limited, applications will be assessed and actioned accordingly.

For more information please contact Strathbogie Shire Council on 5795-0000.

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