The Victorian Government is continuing to help local communities and the horticultural industry to tackle Queensland fruit fly (QFF) head on with the approval of $1.6 million in grants.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced four local recipients who will deliver collaborative projects to develop a fruit fly action plan for Harcourt as well as on ground control and awareness programs in the Mount Alexander and Bendigo Regions.

The recipients are part of 28 community groups to receive grant funding this round for projects that support collaborative community action on QFF.

This includes activities to raise awareness and to better control the pest through best practice management activities at a local level.

The grant recipients announced today include:

  • Harcourt Valley Landcare Group who have received $5,000 to develop an action plan against fruit fly and deliver a community awareness campaign.
  • Bendigo Regional Food Alliance Inc who have received $4,930 to undertake community pruning, mapping of QFF distribution in the area and also deliver QFF management workshops.
  • Greater Bendigo City Council and Mount Alexander Shire Council both received $5,000 to collaboratively develop education videos about QFF.

These grants are part of the Victorian Government’s larger $6.7 million Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria–Regional Grants Program.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP

“Queensland fruit fly is a serious pest and we need a collaborative approach to reduce its impact on the state’s horticultural industries, which are worth $1.1 billion to Victoria’s export economy.”

“The program builds on work already done in the sector and will play an important role in helping the community and industry to continue to manage Queensland fruit fly.”

“Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and these grants enable industry and the community to take ownership of QFF control in their region, which we know gives us the best results.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP