The Goulburn Murray Region Fruit Fly Action Group has secured $261000 towards a two-year fruit fly trapping program, and secured a fruit fly co-ordinator until 2019 in the continued fight against the pest.
The funding is part of a five-year action program developed by the Victorian Government aimed at allowing regional communities to control fruit fly management in their local area.
Shire of Campaspe Mayor Adrian Weston said it would be a collaborative effort among councils and the fruit fly co-ordinator.
‘‘Although the fruit fly co-ordinator will be based at Moira Shire, Campaspe will provide assistance to the co-ordinator for community education, through the promotion of workshops, education material and contacts with the community,’’ he said.
‘‘The trapping program will monitor populations of fruit fly and implement activities to suppress their breeding. This program will provide the critical data needed to take a co-ordinated region-wide approach to managing fruit fly and demonstrate population suppression.’’
The action group is currently awaiting the outcome of a grant application to cover the implementation of a Regional Action Plan.