Fruit fly management project a regional finalist for innovation award

By James Bennett

The message is starting to get across to people that Queensland fruit fly has the potential to cause damaging economic harm in the Shepparton region.

The Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Project — which coined the slogan 'No Flies On Us' — has been named a finalist for Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award as part of  the 2019 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The awards highlight and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses make throughout regional and rural Victoria.

Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Project co-ordinator Ross Abberfield said the list of shortlisted finalists was extremely strong.

"The awards recognise the many and varied community projects and achievements that contribute to making regional Victoria a better place to work, live and do business, so we are thrilled to be named a finalist from an exceptionally strong field."

The Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Project was established a few years ago. Funded through the Victorian Regional Grants Program, it takes in Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Moira and Berrigan council areas.

All shires and community groups including Lions International have partnered with the project to raise awareness about the pest and its management.

``By working collaboratively we have been able to inform and educate the community on the value of taking a partnership approach to reducing the spread of fruit fly in our region,'' Mr Abberfield said.

"What we've been able to achieve through the delivery of this project would not have been possible without these invaluable contributions and partnerships.

"The shires of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Moira and Berriganhave displayed leadership and a real commitment to strengthening the region’shorticultural industry by coming together and taking action on fruit fly.''