An initiative aimed at combating the impact of Queensland fruit fly means locals may qualify for free removal of unwanted fruit trees.
Fruit trees growing on urban residential land have been flagged as a concern to fruit growers, given they can encourage the breeding of QFF, according to Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Group.
The initiative implemented across Greater Shepparton, Moira Shire, Campaspe Shire and Strathbogie Shire is to encourage owners of urban residential land to apply to have unwanted fruit trees removed without cost.
It arose from the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Action Plan.
‘‘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,’’ a statement from the action group said.
‘‘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,’’ regional fruit fly co-ordinator Ross Abberfield said.
Applications to have fruit trees removed from urban residential land are available at participating council or shire offices.
Funds are limited, so applications will be assessed and actioned accordingly.