The Andrews Labor Government is supporting growers, community groups and the horticulture industry in the fight against fruit fly.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today opened the third round of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program.
The Labor Government is backing community-led projects across Bendigo West to give them the resources they need to protect and manage the impact of Queensland fruit fly on local produce.
Community action is vital when it comes to protecting Victoria’s multi-million-dollar fruit industry and home gardens across the state.
Queensland fruit fly poses a significant threat to Victoria’s growing horticulture industry, disrupting both production and trade.
Grants will fund projects that support community action on Queensland fruit fly by building awareness and increasing capacity to control Queensland fruit fly locally.
Queensland fruit fly monitoring, netting, host tree removal, workshops and other community engagement activities are eligible for funding through the grants program.
Horticultural industry groups, local government authorities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups in rural and regional Victoria are invited to apply for grants, valued at up to $5,000, before 17 May.
Larger grants, aligned to existing Regional Action Plans, are available in the three regional areas of Greater Sunraysia, Goulburn Murray Valley and the Yarra Valley. Applications close 3 May.
For more information about the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program and how to apply, visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/qffgrants
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“Our regional grants program has been so successful that it is now into its third year. It’s fantastic to see so many community groups around Bendigo West ready to tackle this issue head on.’’
“Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and these grants enable industry and community to work together in taking the lead on the issues affecting their region.”